YMCA Camp Pine Crest
Pine Crest Counsellors & MACKs make up the majority of our staff, and are at the heart of the
camp experience for our campers. This team gives leadership in pairs to camper groups made up
of eight campers or 1:1 support for inclusion campers. Counsellors at Pine Crest are group
leaders, lifeguards and program instructors, responsible for providing leadership in a wide
variety of camp activities and skill areas. In addition, counselling staff provide leadership on
cabin canoe trips, ranging in length from one to four nights depending on the age of the group.
We do our best to pair one Counsellor and one MACK together in each cabin. This is not always
the case however and MACKS will be paired with each other throughout the summer. At least
one staff member must be 18 years of age to lead a canoe trip off Pine Crest property.
If given the opportunity to work 1:1 with an inclusion participant, staff provide the assistance,
accommodation and extra supports required for a camper with specific needs to participate fully
in the camp program as a member of the cabin group or for a young adult with specific needs to
participate in a camp volunteer placement.
Attributes of strong counsellors and MACKS are enthusiasm, creative programming,
independence, genuine care for others and a strong work ethic. The counselling team is
supported by the Counselling Section Heads.
Counsellors spend their summer working with our various camper programs, including Little
Critters Day Camp, Pine Cones (5-7 year olds), 1-Week and 2-Week overnight programs. In
addition to the duties listed above, all counselling staff should be prepared to share duties of
other areas on camp when needed (maintenance, kitchen, program etc.). Counsellors also act
as role models to our MACK’s. All counsellors should have experience working with children and
feel confident in their abilities to plan and lead a program. Applicants looking for a counsellor
role should also have experience on canoe or camping trips.