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Summer Camps

Summer Camps is an outdoor recreation program that focuses on fun, friendship and nature-based learning for children aged 5 to 13 years. Camps are operated during July and August at Chippewa Park and at satellite venues. Successful applicants will be highly motivated, enjoy working closely with children in an outdoor setting and possess excellent leadership skills. Applicants should have some knowledge and skills in a wide variety of camp program areas: games, crafts, sports, camping, nature interpretation and music. Summer Camps is a waterfront-based program so that applicants with Bronze Cross or National Lifeguard Service Certification will receive strong consideration. Summer Camps programs are inclusive. Junior Inclusion Services (J.I.S.) is an integral part of Summer Camps and all staff may be working with children with disabilities. All Summer Camps staff positions are challenging and provide excellent opportunities for leadership experience and personal growth.

Director: The Director is responsible for the planning, implementation and administration of the Summer Camps Program, including staff training. Candidates should have experience in recreation program planning and delivery for children, a solid background in outdoor recreation, as well as experience leading and supervising staff.

Specialist: Specialists are responsible for the development and implementation of specific specialty camps and programs and for managing assigned administrative duties. Specialists assist with training staff and supervise Counsellors in day-to-day programming. Examples of specific areas of responsibility include: waterfront, lifeguard, campcraft, nature studies, health and safety, supplies and equipment, sports and games.

Counsellor: Counsellors are responsible for the planning and implementing daily nature, camping and games activities for campers in a safe, fun and inclusive manner. Several Counsellors will be chosen to attend Inclusion Training in order to facilitate children with special needs.

Junior Counsellor: Assist designated Counsellors in the planning and delivery of activities.

An Application Form Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 193 KB is required. Job Descriptions are available in the chart. 

Positions /Descriptions  Avail  Dates  Rate 
 1  April 27 - Aug 26 $13.67 - 15.53 
 4 May 11 - Aug 25  $10.94 - 12.43 
 11 June 23 - Aug 21  $9.79 - 11.12 
 2 June 23 - Aug 21  $195.80 Weekly 
 1 May 4 - Aug 28  $13.67 - 15.53 
 3 June 22 - Aug 21  $10.94 - 12.43 
Volunteers   20 Placements  Experience 


Mandatory Requirements:

  • Current Standard First Aid and Level ‘C’ C.P.R. Certification
  • High Five Quality Assurance Certification (Courses are scheduled for March and June)
  • Attendance at Staff Training – late June, 2009
  • A Police Records Check (Type 2) from the Thunder Bay Police Department is a condition of hiring for ages 18 and over
  • 3 References required for ages under 18

Note: All positions, dates and rates of pay are subject to change

** APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 13, 2009 **