Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp
COVID-19 and Summer Camp 2021: Sometimes the best laid out plans get thrown out the window and we have to shift gears and pivot to back-up plans very quickly. We don’t think that this is a new idea, but it was quickly solidified by the pandemic we experienced in 2020. As we make plans and hire staff for camp in 2021 we recognize that COVID-19 is still having an impact on our world and may impact our programs and staff team going forward. The plans we are laying out for summer 2021 includes a back-up plan that allows us the flexibility that is needed to maintain the ability to run camps and hire staff. Our goal is to recruit and hire in such a way that we are able to follow through on our commitments that we have made to the individuals that will make up our staff team in 2021. If you have other specific questions about summer camp and our hiring practices for 2021, please feel free to contact our Program Director, Chris Pot, at email@example.com.
We have two types of staff who are primarily responsible for the supervision of our campers – Cabin Leaders and Inclusion Cabin Leaders. The difference between these two roles is that the Inclusion Cabin Leader is someone with training or experience that has prepared them for working with children and youth who have special needs. Inclusion Cabin Leaders will therefore spend a larger portion of their time supporting those campers and ensuring they have a positive and successful experience at camp.
Generally there are two Cabin Leaders in each cabin, however, in some circumstances Cabin Leaders will lead on their own.
Requirements for all Staff
- Motivated to make a difference and have a positive impact on our society and community.
- Has a genuine love for, and interest in, working with children, including those who have emotional, physical, behavioural, or developmental special needs, in an inclusive summer camp program.
- Has knowledge of the Christian faith and is willing to work supportively in a faith-based setting.
- Is able to find a healthy balance between following directions and taking initiative to see what needs to be done and do it.
- Is able to find a healthy balance between working hard to accomplish what needs to be done, achieve personal goals, motivate others to have fun while having fun yourself and contribute to meeting the mission of Hidden Acres.
- Demonstrates flexibility, an ability to change tasks or directions with ease, and is willing to assist cooperatively in a variety of tasks and programs as time allows.
- Displays patience, a commitment to working well with others, and the ability to solve sometimes complex problems. This is all done while maintaining a positive attitude towards others and assigned tasks.
- First Aid, CPR and/or lifeguarding qualifications (Bronze Cross or higher) are an asset, but not required.
- Is able to participate in our two Staff Orientation events: a weekend in May and a week at the end of June.
- Is able to organize and lead small and large-group activities for campers and staff with creativity and enthusiasm.
- Be responsible for the physical, social, emotional and spiritual safety of each camper and your cabin group during both the daytime and overnight.
- Promote a culture within your cabins, and the camp in general, where campers are building healthy, inclusive and strong friendships and relationships with each other and the staff.
- Help campers adjust to camp routines (e.g. getting to activities on time, meal times, etc.), ensure that campers complete daily hygiene routines and support them through challenges that they may face, such as homesickness, difficult group dynamics and a variety of other peer related issues.
- Role model excellent leadership behaviours and participate in all aspects of camp life.
- Assist the Summer Program Coordinator by helping lead a variety of fun and engaging program activities (streams, special afternoon events, camp wide games, etc.) depending on your interests, experiences and abilities.
- Be available to help in other areas of the camp program as a member of the staff team when needed.
- Boys Cabin Leaders are responsible to the Program Director.
Note: A completed Hidden Acres Staff application and a current police records check for the vulnerable sector are required before starting any Hidden Acres’ staff position.
The mission of Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre is to provide a welcoming, peaceful gathering place where diverse groups of people experience life-giving connections with God, one another, and nature. We strive to live out our mission statement in our hiring practices, welcoming and encouraging applications from diverse groups.
Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please let us know how we can help you in the application and hiring process.
To apply, click HERE.