Camp Counsellor, Camping and Outdoor Education (Neighbourhood Day Camps)

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Position: Camp Counsellor, Camping and Outdoor Education (Neighbourhood Day Camps)
Location: Various Locations (Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata, Orleans, Clarence-Rockland)
Type: Casual part-time contract, hourly rate of $15.81
Preferred start date: Monday, Jun 26, 2023
Closing date: Friday, Jun 23, 2023


As one of the largest charitable community service organizations in Canada, the YMCA of the National Capital Region responds to critical social needs in the community and works to provide lasting solutions. Serving thousands of people across our region annually, we are a leader and valued partner in creating a vibrant and healthy community where everyone belongs and can reach their full potential. This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, respect, and inclusion, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Working for the Y

Are you looking to use your skills and unique gifts to make a real difference in your community? The YMCA of the National Capital Region is a great workplace committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. The YMCA provides hundreds of employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits, and growth opportunities. Whether you are starting out in your career or a seasoned professional, you will find many exciting opportunities to achieve your personal and career goals.

What we offer

At the Y, you will be part of a vibrant and diverse network of people whose shared vision is to change lives and make our communities home to the healthiest children, teens, adults, and families.

Our competitive wage and benefit package include:

  • Free Y membership.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program

What you offer?

Reporting to the Neighbourhood Day Camp Coordinator, Camp Counsellors implement and facilitate the delivery of quality recreational programs, services, and experiences to children and youth aged 4 to 16 enrolled in Neighbourhood Day Camp programs. The NDC Summer Camp Counsellor functions as part of a team tasked with supervising program participants as they engage in outdoor activities, discover nature and enjoy the natural environment, build self-confidence and establish lasting friendships.

This position requires a commitment to the Y mission and core values of responsibility, honesty, caring, and respect, which form the foundation of all Y programs and services.

Positions available at various locations across the city such as:

  • Ottawa Center
  • Ottawa-West-Nepean
  • Nepean
  • Clarence-Rockland
  • Ottawa South
  • Orleans
  • Ottawa-Vanier
  • Kanata

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Lead and participate in all programs and actively swim each day with the campers. Delivering programming based on skill level, and age of participants. Staff will be required to swim or be in pools with the participants.
  • Actively supervise assigned camper(s), learning their name(s) on the first day and knowing their whereabouts at all times. Act as a positive role model in attitude, health, and wellness for campers, volunteers, and staff.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork accurately and in a timely manner (site checks, program paperwork, incident reports, pre-camp phone calls, staff meetings, and parent feedback).
  • Responsible for the safety, supervision, and security of all participants in your care at all times following the YMCA Policies and Procedures. Expected to check in with Camp Management if they feel that an activity is unsafe due to equipment, weather, etc.
  • To participate with the children in a positive and supportive manner using the Healthy Childhood Development frameworks.
  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to the mission and core values of the YMCA of the National Capital Region and Y Canada.
  • Position is flexible in nature and the individual may be asked to act as a roving counsellor supporting and subbing in for different Camp Counsellors. This includes but is not limited to program facilitation and support with behaviour management.
  • Develop and maintain an open, constructive, and professional relationship with program participants, caregivers, volunteers, co-workers, and supervisors.

What qualifications and abilities are we looking for?

At YMCA of the National Capital Region, we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals.

The successful candidate will have the following:


  • Post-secondary education or equivalent in a related field


  • Fluent in English, oral and written
  • Bilingualism an asset

Experience, Skills, and Abilities

  • 3-4 years experience working in an outdoor education or camping environment, with 1-2 years experience in management
  • Standard First Aid and CPR “C” certification
  • Sound knowledge of child development
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of camping programs and team management
  • Previous experience in the development and implementation of new programs and services
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds including visible and invisible dimensions of diversity
  • Flexible to work days, evenings, and weekends

Core Competencies:

  • Communication: Communicates in a thorough, clear, and timely manner and supports information sharing and goal achievement across the Association.
  • Concern for Health and Safety: Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others on risk and harm reduction.
  • Inclusiveness: Understand and commits to promoting equal opportunity and support for all children regardless of ability.
  • Integrity: Demonstrates responsible behaviour at all times and maintains high ethical standards.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: The ability to collaborate effectively with others, to be part of a team, and to promote quality work through effective contribution to others’ efforts. Create an atmosphere of trust amongst all team members.
  • Service Orientation: Focusing one’s efforts on discovering and meeting the client’s needs. It implies a desire to help or serve others, to meet their needs.
  • Risk Management: Ability to apply knowledge and skills to identify potential risks in advance, analyze them and take precautionary steps to reduce/curb the risk.
  • Relationship Building: The ability to build and/or maintain reciprocal and friendly relationships with networks of people who may be able to partner or assist in moving an agenda forward or furthering the organization’s goals.
  • Quality Focus: Taking pride in ensuring that tasks are completed with a focus on accuracy and quality by monitoring and checking work or information, insisting on clarity of roles and functions, planning, etc.
  • Leadership: Taking a role as leader of a team or other group. It implies a desire to lead others using soft power and interpersonal skills.

About diversity and inclusiveness at the Y: 

Inclusiveness is a part of our core values and we are committed to ensuring the diversity of the people and communities we serve as well as our staff. We welcome candidates from racialized groups, invisible minorities, Indigenous People, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

How to apply?

All internal applicants must inform their supervisor of their intention to apply for the position.  Internal applicants can apply only after completing the probationary period of their current job unless approved by People and Culture.

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Sara Pinsky. Please send applications to the Camping and Outdoor Education General Manager, Sara Pinsky (

Thank you for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to being an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please advise in advance if you require any accommodation during this process. We believe all people have the right to live free from discrimination or harassment of any kind.

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