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Overnight Camp Counsellor

Overnight Camp Counsellor

Fixed Contract – 3, 2, and 1-month contracts available


Effective Date: June 26 – September 3, 2022

Starting Rate:  $400+/week, based on relevant experience 

Summer Completion Bonus(9 weeks): $500 

Accommodations and meals are provided for the length of the contract. 

Location: YMCA Camp Pine Crest, Torrance, Ontario (Transportation to camp is available at the beginning and end of the summer) 


Nature & Scope: 

YMCA Camping and Outdoor Education offers outdoor experiences that foster personal growth and build community.  After taking part in our programs, children and youth return home more confident, independent, and with new friendships. YMCA Camp Pine Crest is an overnight camp serving children, families, and organizations through naturally focussed programs that embody the mission, vision, and outcomes of the YMCA. Camp Pine Crest is made up of 650 acres of Muskoka wilderness surrounded by 3 interconnected lakes with 8km of shoreline; has over 26km of hiking trails and 7,500 sq.ft. of dock; and has 60 buildings. 

Pine Crest Counsellors 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.

If given the opportunity to work 1:1 with an inclusion participant, staff provide the assistance, accommodation and extra support 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 are enthusiasm, creative programming, independence, genuine care for others and a strong work ethic.


  • Working with our various camper programs, including Little Critters Day Camp, Pine Cones (5-7 years), 1-Week and 2-Week overnight programs, supervise campers at all times
  • Sharing duties of other areas on camp when needed (maintenance, kitchen, program, etc.).
  • Act as role models to our MACK’s (Maintenance, Assistant Counsellor, Kitchen)
  • Planning and leading programs for their cabins.
  • Attend the program fair to book resources for their planned programs.
  • Provide leadership on cabin canoe trips
  • Continuously builds relationships with members, staff, volunteers, and community partners.
  • Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member-focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.
  • Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with participants, volunteers, donors and staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C that is valid until at least the last day of your contract
  • NLS considered and asset
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship-building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff, and volunteers
  • Excellent written & verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Must be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of Canada, or hold current and valid authorization (i.e., a work permit) under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in employment within camping and outdoor education

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