Campfire Circle, in Muskoka, is looking for Head of Camper Support for the 2023 season.
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Muskoka Site Start Date: June 18th, 2023 End Date: September 3rd, 2023 Rate: $6,000 (for the full contract) *Training/virtual training dates may occur prior to this date and are included in your full contract rate*
CAMPER AND VOLUNTEER SUPPORT: 50%
a) Model and teach a variety of effective behavior management strategies through formal training sessions and through consultation and collaboration with Camper Support Specialists, staff and volunteers.
b) Promote camper independence, help foster community, and facilitate peer to peer interactions.
c) Adapt and adjust behaviour management strategies from session to session based on feedback, experiences, and individual camper needs.
d) Across all job aspects, ensure camper & volunteer support, safety, confidentiality and the integrity of Campfire Circle’s therapeutic recreation programming.
e) Take a lead role in facilitation of on-site behaviour management volunteer trainings and assist in other training sessions.
f) Provide feedback to volunteers on use of behavior management strategies
2. PROGRAM SUPPORT: 15%
a) Collaborate with activity staff and volunteers in adapting programs to fit the individualized needs of each camper and introduce new ideas to increase the accessibility of camp programming.
b) Participate in program areas when needed, in order to help activity staff make programming more inclusive for all community members
c) Assist volunteers in providing general support and supervision to campers
d) Support with summer bus programs and bus chaperoning as needed
e) Attend and participate in various program areas, staff meetings, and socials as required
f) Participate in risk management and Overnight Camp emergency procedures
3. SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT: 15%
a) In collaboration with Camp Management, provide supervision of Camper Support Specialists (3 team members) and Cabin Counsellors, including offering feedback, providing performance evaluation, and training in behaviour management skills and strategies.
b) Lead daily team meetings to identify camper and volunteers needs and delegate Camper Support team members accordingly.
c) Coordinate schedule for Camper Support Specialists during time off.
4. COMMUNICATION AND ADMINISTRATION: 10%
a) Collaborate and communicate with Medical Team, head of activity areas, and Program Coordinator to properly support and care for campers in programs.
b) Support Camp Management in completing camper notes and profiles as well as and family calls in order to better understand how to best support each camper.
c) Produce an end of summer report capturing daily procedures, reflections on the summer and notes for future staff members in this role.
5. LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNITY: 10%
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 Director and Manager of recurring or unresolved issues.
c) 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.
b) Experience supervising staff and/ or volunteers.
c) Experience working with children with disabilities and/or additional physical, behavioural, and/or psychosocial needs as well as experience facilitating adaptive programming.
d) Proven track record of effective use and adaptation of behavior management strategies
e) 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).
f) Current police reference check and vulnerable sector screening.
a) Overnight camp experience
b) Experience in outdoor education or adventure education
c) Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious illnesses and an understanding of how illness impacts the entire family.
d) Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), or similar certification or training
e) Experience in lifts and transfers and the use of mobility devices
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 lift 20kg
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