It is a job like no other! It is fun, challenging, and rewarding beyond belief. Working at camp is a magical experience! You get the opportunity to live and work in a community for the summer with a group of people who are entirely dedicated to providing campers with the best week or their summer!
As of the beginning of the year, we will post an application form to the website for each position. You can apply and look forward to hearing from us within the next month or so.
There is no deadline - we will continue to accept and process applications until all the spots are filled. Most staff apply by the end of March, but we have hired folks right up until June before.
All Counsellors and Programmers are required to have the following before working at camp: Standard First Aid, CPR-C, and a Criminal Record Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search (within six months of camp). Some of these can be obtained after being hired, but prior to pre-camp training.
These are posted at the beginning of January each year to the session dates page.
When is staff training?
June 2 - 7: Programmers who are taking the ropes course start at Camp Winfield.
June 4 - 7: Lifeguards start training at Camp Winfield.
June 6 - 7: The rest of the programmers arrive at Camp Winfield for 2 days of training all together.
June 11: Return Staff Orientation at Home Camps.
June 12 - 17: All Staff Orientation at Home Camps.
Yes, we do have wireless internet. We also have a few computers that we allow staff to use on down time.
There are opportunities to exercise. Staff often love swimming or going for runs on rest break. Some staff even use the low-ropes course to work out.
When camp is in session staff are required to be on-site 24/7. That being said, staff are permitted to go off-site on ‘rest break’ for 45 minutes (4 staff maximum). If arranged ahead of time with the coordinator, staff can also ‘steal’ the bus and take their campers offsite for a special ‘personal program’ (i.e. a treasure hunt followed by slurpees at 7/11). Or go for a walk or hike.
The days may seem long, but the summer flies by in the blink of an eye (time does fly when your having fun, and at Camp, that is all we do!) Each day, staff will get an hour rest break to relax, take a nap, go for a jog, or play hop-scotch. Check out the typical day at camp descriptions.
Perhaps a better question is, what don’t we learn at orientation?
Orientation is an intense couple of weeks of learning anything you need to know about camp. Specifically, staff will learn many tools for behaviour support, how to do proper lifts/transfers, how to run the various emergency procedures etc. Staff will also have many opportunities to bond with the rest of their team through fun activities and team builders. Staff will also be participating in some ‘Empathy activities’ which includes spending 4 hours in a wheelchair and spending 4 hours wearing a blindfold.
Our camps are open for campers with physical and/or mental disabilities. We welcome campers who have cerebral palsy, spina bifida, downs syndrome, foetal alcohol syndrome, epilepsy, global developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, seizure disorder, autism spectrum disorder, prader-willi syndrome, visual impairments, hearing impairments, angelman's syndrome, williams syndrome and others.
We are more interested in your open mind, creativity, energy and desire to be at the best place on earth than your specific experience. The orientation we provide is incredibly thorough and will provide you with the skills you need.
Musical instruments are always a hit at the campfires! Camp does have some percussion instruments for the campers, and also a massive costume room that is packed full of fun costumes (but it is often nice to have your own secret stash!) And we are always happy to have new contributions to the costume room!
Counselors are expected to meet the needs of their campers. At some point in the summer (particularly at the camps with children/teens with physical disabilities), you will have campers who wear attends and require assistance with bathing and toileting. This often makes new staff nervous if they have never experienced it before. However, we do extensive training during orientation to help make staff feel more comfortable with personal care. Often staff find that once they do it for the first time, it turns out not to be a 'big deal'. Programmers will be helping out with personal care as well as needed.
See the Staff Overview
Yes! Absolutely! We hire many staff from across Canada, and some international folks as well. International staff generally need to apply a bit earlier in the season and they need to be able to get a visa that allows them to work with children.
Yes! Camp is your home for the summer and you can stay there during your days off. Though many staff will chose to do staff outings (such as camping, trips into the city etc) some staff do choose to stay at camp during the breaks.
Nope. These are your days off and you are free to go offsite as you please. Many staff go on camping trips, or go home if they live close by.
Location, Location, Location! The three camps are located in different areas of our province. Camp Squamish is located just an hour from both Vancouver and Whistler. Camp Shawnigan is on beautiful Vancouver Island, about an hour from Victoria. Camp Winfield is in the sunny Okanagan, about half an hour from Kelowna.
There are other differences between the camps facilities, but for the most part we run the same program at all three locations.
There are lots of differences between the role of a programmer and the role of a counsellor. Please read the position information section.
There is no doubt that both positions are fun, rewarding and challenging and most people who have the right attitude could be very successful in either position. Counsellors generally get a lot more face time with campers while programmers are more behind the scenes magic creators. Programmers specialize in one specific area (like aquatics, arts and crafts, ropes etc). Programmers must be comfortable playing characters and being the center of attention for some parts of the day. Counsellors must be comfortable assuming primary responsibility for the care and safety of their campers each week.
If you are unsure which role you are better suited for the coordinators who interview you will be able to help you decide which your first choice might be.
We sure think so! And we know many campers and past staff think the same thing.
Orientation starts in Winfield at the beginning of June for programmers and health care team members. All Staff Orientation starts in the middle of June for all our staff at their home camps.
You will be paid for every full or part day you work. This includes orientation. Days off during the summer are not paid.
Please get in touch with us! We would love to hear from you. Talking about camp is one of our favourite things to do! email@example.com or give a call 1-800-818-4483 and ask to speak with the camp administrator.