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Camp Counsellor (Camp Otonabee & Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Education and Leadership Centre)
Date Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Application Deadline: Monday, June 24, 2019

Position Details

POSITION:                        Camp Counsellor (Contract Position) – Outdoor Education and Camping; $00-$300/week – based on a Monday to Friday work week

LOCATION:                         YMCA-YWCA Camp Otonabee & Bonnenfant Y Outdoor Education and Leadership Centre - 1620 Sixth Line Road, Dunrobin, Ontario.

PLACEMENT:                      10 Week Contract: Monday, June 24th 2019 – Friday, August 30th 2019


CLOSING DATE:                 June 24, 2019

*NOTE: 8 week contracts also available



The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is a charitable Association offering opportunities for personal growth and service to others.  As an independent charity, delivering values based programs concerned for the whole person in Spirit, Mind and Body it has a special role to play in helping to ‘Build Strong Kids... Strong Families... Strong Communities’.  Core programs and services are: Membership, Employment, Housing, Camping and Outdoor Education, Child Care, Philanthropy, International & Community.  The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region provides programs and services for 70,000 individuals each year and up to 40,000 of those are children and youth under 18 years of age.



The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region’s Camp Otonabee provides an opportunity for children and youth to engage in outdoor activities, discover nature and enjoy the natural environment, build self-confidence and establish lasting friendships. Campers aged 4 to 16 can experience canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, horseback-riding and more. Camp Otonabee is located at 1620 Sixth Line Road, Dunrobin, Ontario. The Camp Counsellor will function as a team member in a group of 8-10 in either an overnight or day capacity.


Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Give first priority to the camper’s needs
  • Supervise a group of 6-10 campers
  • Deliver high quality facilitation of all programs offered at Camp Otonabee
  • Perform some housekeeping responsibilities – sanitation of equipment, program areas, etc.
  • Assist in set up and take down of program areas and equipment
  • Provide behavior management of campers
  • Support in the facilitation of high ropes and waterfront activities
  • Reports directly to Camp Director 


  • COMMUNICATION: Communicates in a thorough, clear and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.
  • INTEGRITY: Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards.
  • TEAMWORK: Participates actively in a team for organizational effectiveness.  Create an atmosphere of trust amongst all team members. 
  • CONCERN FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction.


  • National Lifeguard Certification, Bronze Cross, Paddle Canada, ACCT or other relevant certifications will all be strongly considered as assets for this position
  • Current Standard First Aid & CPR “C” certification and Clear Criminal Reference Check for Vulnerable Sector
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be self-motivating, enthusiastic and a responsible individual with strong leadership skills committed to the healthy development of children
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Bilingualism an asset
  • Experience working in a day camp or overnight camp setting will be considered as an asset for this position
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 3 months old is required 


HOW TO APPLY:              

Cover letter and resume must be submitted no later than the closing date to the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, to hiring manager and Director, Emily Graham at

Please use the position title as the subject line in your application e-mail.        

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.


CLOSING DATE:                 June 24, 2019


Thank you for your interest.  Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. 

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during the application or selection process.  We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.  Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is committed to providing a safe environment for children.  Candidates will be thoroughly screened using background checks and a review process.


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