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It’s Not Too Late To Be A Camp Counselor in Canada This Year

If you want to work and travel this year, being a summer camp counselor (or camp counsellor, as the Canadians spell it, eh?) is a great way to go.

As a wise person once said: “Find a job you love, and you won’t have to work a day this summer”.

Interested? We thought so.

Author: Curtis
29 Jan 17:46

How To Be A Camp Counselor In Canada This Summer

The job fairs have come and gone, and we’ve already hired some awesome people for camp counselor positions. Thankfully, it’s not too late to put in an application for Camp Canada!

If you have previous summer camp experience, have worked or volunteered with children, or already have a Canadian Visa (such as the IEC visa), you fit what we look for in a camp counselor.

However, we are still on the lookout for individuals who want to be Activity Specialists at camp this summer! Scroll down for a list of roles that are still open.

Be sure to list your qualifications in the Skills section of your application.

Camp Canada Is Still Hiring For These Camp Counselor Roles:

Ceramics & Pottery Instructors:

Sculpt your ideal summer.

There's something at camp for everyone, so naturally, we have positions available for artists. This is your chance to get creative, and help campers to express themselves artistically. You never know, you may inspire someone to become the next Michaelangelo!

If you have the drive and passion to mould young artists, then why not spend your summer in the studio?

What we look for:

If you know your way around a pottery wheel, or have used a kiln and created clay models before, you could be a model candidate for a camp counselor role.

We may also have other arts & crafts roles up for grabs, so express your artistic side on your application, and make your summer a masterpiece!

Archery Instructors:

You + Camp Canada = Bullseye.

If you’ve used a bow before, you’re right on target to be a camp counselor in Canada this summer.

What we look for:

Safety and attention to detail are very important in this role. If you have experience with a bow, and have spent time as a sports coach, you could be a great fit as an archery instructor at Camp Canada.

Bonus qualifications:

  • UKCC Archery Level 1 Award
  • Archery GB Instructor Award

If you don't have these qualifications, don't worry. An archery course like this one will help you sharpen your skills and get ready for the summer of your life.

French Speakers:

Es-tu prêt?

Canada’s two main languages are English and French, so some children at camp are French-speaking. We want to make sure all our campers have un bon été, so French-speaking camp counselors are always great to have.

What we look for:

We welcome all levels of French speakers. If you’re confident conversing with others in French, or want to improve your conversation skills, Camp Canada could be a great place for you to do that!

Think you might be a fit for this role? Take the Language Level French Test and find out your skill level! You can also use Duolingo to tune up your French skills before the summer.

Ropes or Climbing Experience:

Climb to new heights.

Canada’s rugged terrain offers many opportunities for climbing, so experienced climbers, ropes instructors, and abseilers are always in demand. Don't miss your chance to work with kids this summer and show them the ropes!

What we look for:

Past climbing experience is important, but if you want to try for this role, some camps will host climbing courses before the campers start arriving. Camp Directors are willing to hire individuals who show passion and potential, but they want to make sure they're hiring the right person for the job.

Consider taking a course like this one so that you can be an activity specialist at camp this summer!

Bonus qualifications:

  • MLTUK Award
  • Climbing Wall Award
Qualified Lifeguards & First-Aiders:

Be a lifesaver.

Splashing around in the water is a great way to cool off in the summer heat, but as always, safety is extremely important. Having qualified lifeguards and first-aiders around is never a bad idea, especially with groups of kids at summer camp.

What we look for:

Prior experience and qualifications are always great to have, but all lifeguards and first-aiders must be certified in Canada. Thankfully, we run courses before camp starts so that you can gain your certification this year!

If you're a confident swimmer and think you have what it takes, this might be for you. Be sure to inquire about these roles on your phone call with a member of Team Canada!

Other Waterfront Roles:

Make a splash.

Canada has fantastic summer weather, and it also has the most lakes of any country in the world. Most Canadian summer camps include lots of time spent on the water- which is a great way to stay cool this summer.

If you're a natural adventurer who can take charge and lead a water outing, being a camp counselor in Canada might be the perfect way to spend your summer.

What we look for:

A camp counselor role might suit you if you have experience in the following activities:

  • Sailing or boating
  • Canoeing or kayaking
  • Waterskiing or wakeboarding
  • Wind surfing
  • Swimming
Horse Riding & Horse Care:

Pony up.

If you love animals, and have experience riding or caring for horses, Camp Canada wants to hear from you. The job entails everything from teaching, to trekking, to stable management. Camper skill levels will vary from beginner to advanced, with some job roles being at dedicated horse riding camps.

What we look for:

Passionate individuals with a love for riding horses, and a desire to help campers develop their equestrian skills. This is a hands on role, and we will work to place you at a camp that best suits your skills.

Bonus qualifications:

  • Pony Club C+ Award
  • British Horse Society Stage 2 Award
Special Needs Counselors:

Be a summer superhero.

If you’re patient, compassionate, and understanding, this might be the perfect role for you. Special needs counselors are the superheroes of summer camp- it’s one of the most challenging and rewarding roles we offer. Most SEND camps have a 1:1 or 1:2 counselor-camper ratio, so your experience with campers will be highly personalized, and you’ll have plenty of support.

What we look for:

Prior experience is not necessary- what’s more important is a can-do attitude, and an openness to caregiving. You can state your level of comfort in your application, and we provide very thorough training before campers arrive.

Many of the activities will be the same as at a regular camp, including ropes courses and horse riding. Duties may include providing emotional or physical support for campers with various disabilities.

Each camper is unique, so there will be a wide range of needs to help out with. This means that the skill levels of the campers will vary too, and you can make an incredibly positive impact on campers' lives by giving them the opportunity to try new things.

If you think you’re up for the challenge, why not try out the most meaningful role at camp?

Admin & Management:

Administer some sunshine.

If you're not quite the outdoorsy type, but still want to experience camp in Canada, this role might be for you. Administrative staff spend half their time working with campers, and the other half helping to ensure that everything runs smoothly in the camp office.

What we look for:

Camp Canada's administrative staff are responsible for answering phone calls, responding to emails, and managing other basic tasks. If you are dependable, and have experience in an office environment, you might be a great fit in a Camp Canada office this summer.

Camping and Canoe Tripping:

Get into the outdoors.

The best way to get some fresh Canadian air this summer is by working as a camping instructor and canoe tripper. This unique role involves taking campers on overnight canoe and camping trips in the Canadian wilderness for anywhere from 2 nights to 2 weeks.

What we look for:

Adventurous souls with a passion for exploring the great outdoors will feel right at home in this role. If you have experience pitching tents, building fires, and cooking outdoors, you could spend your summer getting paid to sleep under the stars. We’re looking for people with strong leadership skills, and past experience camping or canoeing!

If you think you're ready to explore Canada this summer, get in touch with a member of Team Canada and start planning your next adventure.

See a position you want to apply for? Apply now and make sure you list what makes you a good fit for the role in the skills section of your application. Don't miss your chance to make this the summer of a lifetime!


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