Camper Support Specialist
Camper Support Specialists
Campfire Circle (formerly Camp Ooch & Camp Trillium) has offered healing through happiness for thousands of kids and families affected by childhood cancer since 1983. It’s where kids can be kids, and families can be families—engaging in camp-inspired community, in-hospital, and overnight camp programs, at no cost to them. As a privately funded organization, Campfire Circle donors make thousands of life-changing experiences possible for Campers throughout the year, all across Ontario.
At Campfire Circle we are committed to ensuring employment is accessible within our organization. To help reduce financial barriers for summer staff members, we have funding available to assist with costs related to the job such as: camping equipment/gear, outdoor clothing, training/certifications, and transportation, mileage, or parking. If you require financial assistance related to the program, you are invited to make this known during the recruitment process
Do our values of care, community, inclusion, sustainability, and integrity resonate with you? Whether it’s at Rainbow Lake, a quiet 143 acres site in Waterford, at Muskoka, which features 400 wooded acres in the town of Rosseau, or at one of our urban locations in the GTA, London, Ottawa or Hamilton, you are connecting kids and families with fun indoor and outdoor activities that help improve their overall wellbeing.
Campfire Circle will be running in-person overnight camp programs at both of our overnight camp locations, and community and day camp programs in the GTA, London, Ottawa and Hamilton.
Do you have experience as a staff or volunteer working with children in a recreational setting? We are searching for Camper Support Specialists to join our Muskoka Summer Staff Team in 2023.
Reporting to the Manager, Overnight Programs and the Director, Overnight Programs, and working closely with the rest of the summer staff team and in support of our volunteers, this role is one of our senior staff team members who will work in a team to support and train staff and volunteers in providing parents/guardians and campers ages 0 to 18 at family or camper overnight camps with a safe, accessible and inclusive camp experience. They will apply specialized skills and knowledge in program adaptation, behavior management, and communication to ensure that all members of the camp community feel well supported and included during their time at camp.
During your experience at Campfire Circle you will hone and develop your skills relating to group facilitation, planning creative, innovative and adaptive programs, public speaking, volunteer support and management, emotional resilience and compassion, and building personal and professional relationships within a team of like-minded co-workers and volunteers.
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*
Please visit our website at https://campfirecircle.org/about-campfire-circle/seasonal-roles/ to view the full details of all our available positions.
In accordance with our mandate of creating a caring and safe environment for ill children and their families, we require attestation of childhood vaccinations, updated Police Record with Vulnerable Sector Screening, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all of our staff. We also require TB testing for all our program facing staff. Additionally, all of our staff are required to be currently eligible to work in Canada.
- Experience as a staff or volunteer in a camp environment and/or working with children in a recreational setting.
- Experience working with children and teens with additional physical, behavioural, and/or psychosocial needs.
- Experience using a variety of therapeutic behavior management strategies
- 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).
- Clear police reference check and vulnerable sector screening.
- Experience creating and facilitating adaptive programming.
- Overnight summer camp experience.
- Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), or similar certification or training
- Experience in lifts and transfers and the use of mobility devices
- Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious illnesses and an understanding of how illness impacts the entire family.
- Demonstrated commitment to volunteerism or volunteer sector.
- A current G or G2 Class driver’s license, and eligible to be insured under camp policy.
- Bronze Cross or NL certification.
Particular Working Conditions:
- 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.
- In consideration of the population Campfire Circle serves, the incumbent is a non-smoker.
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
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in the subject line the title of the role(s) you are applying for.
Don’t meet every single requirement in this posting? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. If you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification or requirement we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate! Campfire Circle understands that the costs of training and certifications can be a barrier to accessing employment. As such we are committed to providing full reimbursements for expenses related to employment at Campfire Circle.
This posting will remain open until filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. For more information about Campfire Circle, please visit www.campfirecircle.org – No phone calls please.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Campfire Circle acknowledges that the overall health and wellness of you and your family are important; for this reason, we have partnered with Homewood Health to create an employee and family assistant program which is accessible to all of our seasonal and year round staff members and their families.
ACCESSIBILITY & DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Campfire Circle is strongly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment.
We are equally committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace. Applicants requiring accommodations to access our job postings and apply for roles with our organization are invited to reach out to our HR Team at email@example.com or in a manner that fits their accessibility needs, and can trust that their application will be considered equitably for our available roles. Contact information for our HR Team is located on our website at https://campfirecircle.org/about-campfire-circle/careers/, and more information about our accessibility commitments can be found at https://campfirecircle.org/about-campfire-circle/accessibility-at-campfire-circle/.
Campfire Circle is grateful for Indigenous communities’ stewardship of the land that we occupy- the traditional territory of many nations such as the Mississauga’s of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We aspire to be deserving stewards of the land, in partnership with them.
We also acknowledge all Treaty peoples – including those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past – and those of us who came here involuntarily, particularly forcibly dis-planted Africans, brought here as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.