Camper Support Specialist (Muskoka)

Campfire Circle, in Muskoka, is looking for Camper Support Specialist for the 2023 season.

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Wages: $5,000 (for full contract)
Duties & Qualifications:

Muskoka Site Start Date: June 21st, 2023 End Date: September 3rd, 2023 Rate: $5,000 (for the full contract) *Training/virtual training dates may occur prior to this date and are included in your full contract rate*



a) Model and teach effective behavior management strategies to staff and volunteers that are adapted and tailored to fit the individualized needs of each camp participant.

b) Oversee and support Family/Cabin Guides by providing regularly scheduled check-ins and assisting with behavioral techniques

c) Promote camper independence, facilitate peer-to-peer interactions, support the creation of fun, new, inclusive, and accessible programs within cabins and help foster an inclusive camp environment

d) In collaboration with Camp Director and Manager, schedule extra support to compliment the volunteer cabin counselor teams working with campers with additional needs; provide 1:1 support to campers as necessary.

e) Collaborate with activity staff and volunteers on program adaptations to fit the individualized needs of each camper and introduce new ideas to increase the accessibility of camp programming.

f) Assist volunteers in providing general support and supervision to campers

g) Work with Camp Director and Manager and the Medical Team to identify camper needs and design care/support plans specific to each camper.

h) Assist in facilitation of on-site staff and volunteer behaviour management trainings and other training sessions.

i) Across all job aspects, ensure camper & volunteer support, safety, confidentiality and the integrity of Campfire Circle’s Therapeutic Recreation programming.



a) Participate in risk management and Overnight Camp emergency procedures 2

b) Support the planning, prepping, and execution of camp wide programs, theme, and other activities.

c) Support, coach, and lead volunteers in achieving safe, fun, and engaging programs.

d) Assist volunteers in providing general support and supervision to campers and families.

e) Attend and participate in various program areas, staff meetings, and socials as required.

f) Support with summer bus programs and bus chaperoning as needed

g) Adhere to cleaning procedures and logging as trained and directed.

h) Set up and prepare activities and activity areas in accordance with, but not limited to the standards of the camp, the guidelines of the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), and the organization’s COVID protocols

i) Ensure that camp programs incorporate camp values and traditions



a) Support Camp Director and Manager in completing camper notes and profiles and cabin groupings.

b) Communicate participant and volunteer needs and concerns to Camp Director and Manager.

c) Report on the achievement of site specific job area and responsibilities

d) Ensure accident/incident report forms are completed.

e) Produce an end of summer report capturing daily procedures, reflections on the summer and notes for future staff members in this role.



a) Help build and maintain a positive, inclusive and supportive camp community, ensuring that lines of communications are accessible, open and positive and acting as a role model within the camp community.

b) Identify staff/volunteer concerns as they arise and alert Camp Management of recurring or unresolved issues.


5. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by their Manager or their designate.



a) Experience as a staff or volunteer in a camp environment and/or working with children in a recreational setting. 3

b) Experience working with children and teens with additional physical, behavioural, and/or psychosocial needs.

c) Experience using a variety of therapeutic behavior management strategies

d) Valid Standard First Aid & CPR-C certification for duration of the contract or willing & able to successfully take the certification (paid for by Campfire Circle).

e) Clear police reference check and vulnerable sector screening.


Advantageous Criteria:

a) Experience creating and facilitating adaptive programming.

b) Overnight summer camp experience.

c) Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), or similar certification or training

d) Experience in lifts and transfers and the use of mobility devices

e) Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious illnesses and an understanding of how illness impacts the entire family.

f) Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism or volunteer sector.

g) A current G or G2 Class driver’s license, and eligible to be insured under camp policy. h) Bronze Cross or NL certification.


Particular Working Conditions:

a) This position requires living at the Muskoka campsite for the duration of the contract – room and board is provided. Routine evenings and weekend commitments are required.

b) In consideration of the population Campfire Circle serves, the incumbent is a non-smoker.

Physical Requirements:

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions and supporting camp life require the following physical demands: lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. The job is largely performed in an outdoor environment, working at heights. The minimum physical requirements for this position include:

• Able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

• Able to work at heights while supporting campers on High Ropes and Challenge courses

• Able to physically assist camper participants in the water

• Able to lift 20kg

Job Type: Seasonal
Advertising Method: General Ad

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