Inclusion Camp Counsellor, Camping and Outdoor Education (Camp Otonabee)

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Position: Inclusion Camp Counsellor, Camping and Outdoor Education (Camp Otonabee)
Location: 1620 Sixth Line Rd RR #1, Dunrobin, ON K0A 1T0
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. Some of the benefits of working for the Y include:

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 Camp Director, the Otonabee Summer Camp Inclusion Counsellor provides 1-on-1 support to children and youth with physical and/or cognitive disabilities, and support to other counsellors with other groups of children and youth. The Camp Inclusion Counsellor ensures that children and teens have a positive experience leading to personal growth through fun and rewarding recreation and sport programs.  This position fosters self-esteem; problem solving and conflict resolution skills in program participants while working to create an atmosphere of safety, belonging and positive development in accordance with Y policies and procedures.

The Camp Inclusion Counsellor presents a professional appearance and attitude at all times, and ensures excellent customer service is provided to members and participants by proactively addressing concerns or issues and escalating them to the Camp Director as necessary. This position ensures that health and safety regulations and YMCA policies and procedures are upheld. The Camp Inclusion Counsellor adheres to and ensures that the mission, purpose, image and core values of the YMCA of the National Capital Region are conveyed to members, staff and volunteers with every interaction.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a personal commitment to and understanding of the Y’s mission, vision, values.

Some of the tasks of this position include:

  • Support: Providing one on one and two on one support to children with special needs. Assist in developing program inclusion strategies to create a positive experience for all campers. Manage behavioral incidents and implement behavioral redirection strategies as necessary
  • Safety: To be responsible for the safety, supervision, and security of all participants in your care at all times by following the YMCA Policies and Procedures
  • Administration: 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).
  • Act as a resource today camp staff team in terms of inclusive programming
  • Demonstrate strong support and commitment to serving the membership, facility users, and all program participants of the YMCA of the National Capital Region.
  • All other duties as assigned

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:


  • High School Diploma, Post-Secondary Education
  • Educational background and work experience with children with disabilities and their families


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

Experience, Abilities & Skills

  • Educational background and work experience with children with disabilities and their families
  • General experience working in a day camp or overnight camp setting are considered as an asset
  • Well-developed interpersonal, conflict resolution skills and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with children, members, staff and volunteers
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with program participants, members, staff and volunteers
  • Communication is verbal and physical, can be in groups or one on one
  • Ability to maintain calm demeanor in stressful situations
  • Ability to be energetic and outgoing
  • Ability to give first priority to the campers’ needs
  • Provide behavior management of campers 
  • Ability to be self-motivating, enthusiastic and a responsible individual with strong leadership skills
  • Committed to the healthy development of children

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicants must already have a valid permit to work in Canada.
  • Criminal Reference Check for the Vulnerable Sector, not more than 6 months old is required 
  • Annually all staff must complete the mandatory training for the Protecting Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons, and submit the certificate of completion.

Core Competencies:

  • Effective Interactive Communication: the ability to transmit and receive information clearly and communicate effectively with others by considering their points of view in order to respond appropriately. It includes using tact and diplomacy in all communications as well as the ability to convey ideas and information, both orally and in writing, in a way that brings understanding to the target audience.
  • Integrity: Demonstration of conduct consistent with values and ethics
  • 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.
  • Concern for Health and Safety: Demonstrating high concern for the health and safety of all team members, giving extra attention to Y’s guidelines on workplace safety.
  • Service Orientation: Focusing one’s efforts on discovering and meeting the clients’ 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, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

YMCA of the National Capital Region is committed to accessibility in employment and to ensuring equal access to employment opportunities for candidates, including persons with disabilities. In compliance with AODA, the YMCA will endeavor to provide accommodation to people with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please email upon scheduling your interview.

How to apply?

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

Applications must be submitted to the YMCA of the National Capital Region, and all cover letters should be addressed to Marisa Yeomans. Please send applications to Acting Camp Program Supervisor, Marisa Yeomans (

Thank you for your interest in joining the YMCA of the National Capital Region. We appreciate all applications. Due to the volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those selected for further consideration in the hiring process.

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

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