Summer Camp Job Descriptions
Our tag line is true for both the campers and staff alike, ‘Camp Muskoka, where friendships begin and the FUN never ends!’ Whether you are a former camper looking to continue your Camp Muskoka journey, or someone new and ready to share your experience, Camp Muskoka offers staff a chance to make the most of summer. As staff member you will have the time of your life. This is not like most conventional jobs. You’ll be in beautiful Muskoka and working closely with people who have similar interests where the end product is FUN! Besides the immense gratification, you will also gain self-confidence. You will become more resourceful and build a large variety of skills, from leadership to activity skills, communication to people skills, all while appreciating nature. As it is for campers, so it is also for staff – a place to be yourself and let your unique talents shine. This is what Camp Muskoka is all about.
All counselling staff are scheduled to work in a program area, (see list of program areas below) and assist the Program Heads to deliver a safe and fun activity. At program activities the emphasis is on safety, skill development, encouragement, incorporating new themes weekly, and of course, FUN for everyone!
Program Areas: Archery, Arts & Crafts, Canoe & Kayak, Drama, Dance, Horseback Riding, Theme Day, Land Sports, Mountain Biking, Photography, Music & Recording Studio, Outdoor Pursuits, Paintball, Fishing,Tabletop Games, Tuck Shop, Rock Climbing, Waterfront, Yoga.
Our CIT program is for young people who want to learn to instruct and counsel children in an outdoor setting. They work alongside the Counsellors of a camper cabin, assisting Counsellors with responsibilities at meals, activity programs, cabin activities, camp outs, and special events all while learning and developing hard and soft skills. CITs receive ongoing feedback and evaluation. CITs must be 17 years of age or turning 17 in the current year.
Counsellors hold the most important job at camp as they are the role models for our campers! You are the campers’ caregiver, instructor, positive role model, and best friend. Counsellors enjoy meals with their campers, assist in activity programs, go on a weekly camp out, and participate with them during evening programs, theme days and much, much more! All Counsellors help to facilitate friendships, cabin identity, mutual support, and help build unforgettable memories. They ensure that campers have a safe and healthy camp experience. Counsellors must be 18 years of age or older.
As a lifeguard counsellor, you are required to perform all the duties of a Counsellor with the added responsibilities of a Lifeguard. When on duty as a Lifeguard you are responsible for safety of campers and staff near or on the Waterfront. Required certification: current NLS. We also hire Junior Lifeguards who posess a Bronze Cross.
LEADER-IN-TRAINING (LIT) COUNSELLOR
As an LIT Counsellor you are committed to assisting growth and development of each LIT camper. You are the LITs’ caregiver, instructor, positive role model, and best friend. LIT Counsellors enjoy meals with their campers, assist in activity programs, lead leadership activities, evening programs, special events, off-site trips, extended camp outs and more! LIT Counsellors help to facilitate friendships, LIT identity, mutual support and unforgettable memories. LIT Counsellors reside in a tent in the LIT village with campers age 14 to 16 years. LIT Counsellors must be 19 years of age or older.
As a Cabin Head, you have experience as a Counsellor, or working with children and supervising staff. The Cabin Head, along with the Counsellors and CIT of the cabin and under the direction of the Camper Coordinator, support and direct the campers. Cabin Heads set a good example for campers and staff alike through positive role modelling, and exceptional counselling. Cabin Heads assist in maintaining camper records, leading weekly camp outs, overseeing camper letters , assisting with camper interviews, and conducting phone calls to parents. Cabin Heads also act as a liaison between the cabin and other departments. Cabin Heads build a team among the cabin’s staff, and make sure the campers are safe happy and healthy.
Program Heads work in one specific area of expertise, teaching campers the different activities that we offer at camp. Working under the direct supervision of the Program or Waterfront Director, the Heads require a solid practical background in their area that they wish to instruct as they are responsible for developing programs, themes and special events in their areas. They work directly with the staff assigned to their program to run a safe and fun activity. Program Heads supervise and evaluate their staff, provide constructive feedback to both campers and staff alike, and create well-rounded programs and experiences in their program area. Each Program Head is assigned to a camper cabin to assist with camper and staff supervision, and assist at meals, camp outs, evening activities and cabin time. Depending on age/experience/suitability/need, program staff may live with their camper cabin or with other program staff members. Please specify the program area that you are interested in when applying. Required certification various depending on program area, i.e. ORCKA, NLS, Bronze Cross, Wilderness First Aid, Level 1 or 2 Challenge Course Training, etc.
Camper Coordinators are responsible for supervising staff and campers of a specific group, i.e. Cougar Lodge, LITs, etc. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director, the Coordinators bring strong organizational and planning skills to the position and have leadership experience working with children and supervising staff. They liaise with the campers and staff of their specific area and other departments. Coordinators are expected to supervise and evaluate their staff, provide constructive feedback to campers and staff alike, and ensure all activities/schedules are well-rounded and create a positive, safe environment. Coordinators assist with staff training and evaluation. Coordinator positions: Camper Coordinator x 3, Leader-in-Training (LIT) Coordinator, Counsellor-in-Training (CIT) Coordinator
PROGRAM AREA COORDINATOR
The Program Coordinators are responsible for supervising, staff and campers in a specific area, i.e. waterfront, arts, etc. Under the supervision of the Program or Waterfront Director, the Program Coordinators bring strong organizational and planning skills, have a solid practical background in their area and have leadership experience working with children and supervising staff. They liaise with the campers and staff of their specific area and other departments. Program Area Coordinators are expected to supervise and evaluate their staff, provide constructive feedback to campers and staff alike, and ensure all activities/schedules are well-rounded and create a positive, safe environment. Program Area Coordinators assist with staff training and evaluation. Program Area Coordinator positions: Arts Program Coordinator, Athletics Program Coordinator, Challenge Sports Program Coordinator, Waterfront Program Coordinator
ASSISTANT CAMP DIRECTOR
The Assistant Camp Director’s job is to provide excellent leadership to all staff and campers, and to lead by example following all camp rules, policies and traditions. They should be a role model and caregiver to each staff member at Camp Muskoka and hold civil relationships with everyone. The Assistant Camp Director will develop and facilitate staff training procedures. They should be a resource to staff members in all areas of their jobs (i.e. programming, cabin issues, camper issues etc.). They are continuously supervising all areas of camp, ensuring program areas are being run properly and smoothly, being present at all meal times, and keeping in contact with Club Med and health services. They are responsible for ensuring a high quality camp experience for every camper and staff member in attendance. The Assistant Camp Director will report to the Camp Director and should keep in contact with the other Assistant Directorial team members, ensuring one another is informed and up to date on the current events at camp.
AERIAL PARK GUIDES
Aerial Park Guides are responsible for leading campers and guests through the Camp Muskoka Aerial Park. This is a physical job and applicants must be comfortable with working at heights for extended periods of time. Aerial Park Guides will also be responsible for ensuring campers and guests are wearing safety equipment properly. Guides will be trained in emergency procedures in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone.
Maintenance and Facility Workers are responsible for the day-to-day operation and needs of the entire camp facility. This job includes minor construction, plumbing and electrical work. Duties will also include yard work and landscaping.
Kitchen Helpers are responsible for the preparation and serving of all meals. This will include occasional shifts washing dishes.