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Program Counsellor – Area Head


Program Counsellor Area Heads offer leadership in camper care, program development, and program instruction while working with one or two co-Counsellors to supervise, care for, and lead a cabin of campers. They apply their previous experience in child and youth leadership to promote the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth of each child as a friend, mentor, and role-model. In addition to camper care responsibilities, Area Heads take a leadership role within the Glen Mhor Program in the development, implementation, training, and maintenance of their designated program area: Adventure, Waterfront, Arts, or Land Programs. They will have one day off and three nights out per week, as well as scheduled prep time and an hour off each day.



  • All-Staff Responsibilities:
    • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to the mission and core values of the Cairn Family of Camps.
    • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to serving the campers, staff, families, and all program participants of the Cairn Family of Camps.
    • Practice and support the health and safety of all campers, staff, families, and all program participants of the Cairn Family of Camps.
    • Complete additional duties as required. 
  • Camper Care Responsibilities:
    • Ensure camper safety and wellbeing is prioritized in all actions and decisions.
    • Provide attention to all campers both individually and within groups, showing compassion, understanding, and modeling positive behavior.
    • Ensure that at least one staff person is always with campers.
    • Work co-operatively with co-Counsellor(s) to ensure that campers are safe, maintain adequate personal health and hygiene, arrive at scheduled activities on time, participate fully in the camp program, and follow all camp rules.
    • Professionally and supportively address camper needs in conjunction with the Camper Care Coordinator and Assistant Directors.
    • Complete administrative duties related to camper care, including but not limited to behaviour logs, situation of concern logs, communication logs, etc. 
    • Prepare a postcard for each camper, and any other individualized communications as requested.
    • Assist the Camper Care Coordinator with communications as needed, including but not limited to pre-camp contact, phone calls to new camper families, behavioral phone calls, etc.
  • Program Leadership Responsibilities:
    • Design and lead activities in all program areas (Adventure, Music, Arts, Dance and Drama, Waterfront, Outdoor Living Skills, Archery, etc.), primarily focusing on the designated program area. 
    • Design and lead age-appropriate program activities for campers that are tailored to the needs, abilities, and interests of the group.
    • Oversee and manage operations, safety, and in-house training for one of the four main program areas: Waterfront, Adventure, Arts, or Land Programs.
    • Complete regular inspection, maintenance, and organization of designated program area, with support from the Glen Mhor Program Coordinators.
    • Assist in preparing and leading staff training in designated program area.
    • Develop resources and program plans to provide program leadership support to other staff.
    • Coordinate with the Glen Mhor Program Coordinators, Assistant Director – Program, and other staff regarding scheduling and special events. 
    • Work collaboratively with other staff to ensure campers are engaged and supported throughout each activity.
    • Prepare and lead activities for camper-choice sessions as assigned.
    • Ensure all rules and processes are followed for each program area.
    • Prepare and lead creative and theme-based programs for campers in activity times, in conjunction with co-counsellor(s).
    • Participate fully in daily and evening programs, special day activities, and camp-wide programs.



  • Minimum 2 years previous experience as a camp staff member with experience leading and facilitating programs, or equivalent experience working with children and youth.
  • At least 18 years of age by June 1, 2023.
  • Personal Skills: empathy, compassion, creativity, problem-solving ability, growth mindset, adaptability, collaboration.
  • Standard First Aid/CPR-C
  • National Lifeguard Certification and/or Challenge Course Certifications (Level 1  Ropes) required, and/or sufficient experience in music, arts, dance, drama, archery, or outdoor skills program leadership. 
  • Swim Instructor Certification or ORCKA Instructor an asset, and/or willingness to obtain certification prior to the summer camp season.
  • Clear Police Reference Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Mandated training (including AODA, Workplace Violence & Harassment, Health & Safety Awareness, Child Protection, etc.) is required before or shortly after commencement of work 
  • The successful applicant is required to live onsite through the duration of their contract.



Please submit your application, including any supplementary documents, at Should you have any questions, please contact Robynne Howard, Camp Director, at


The Cairn Family of Camps is committed to employment equity, and supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. All qualified candidates, including candidates from diverse backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. The Cairn Family of Camps is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process and workplace. Individuals needing employment accommodation in the hiring process or job postings in an alternative format may contact the camp office.



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