The summer season starts near the beginning of June and runs until the middle/end of August. Camps run for 6 or 7 days with 3-day breaks between each camp. During the camp session staff are required to be on-site 24hrs a day. Prior to camp, we provide an in-depth orientation period that will cover everything you need to know. As such, experience is not as important as the right kind of attitude.
As this is such a large staff it is important that everyone is able to work effectively in a large group. The staff is divided up as:
3 Coordinators: Head Coordinator, Counselling Coordinator and Program Coordinator
1 Registered Nurse: The Nurse is responsible for overseeing the health and safety at camp. They administer medication, monitor special diets, and administer first aid
3 Health Care Students: These are primarily 3rd year nursing students doing their practicum placement at camp.
5 Programmers: These five work together to create the theme of the week and plan activities. They each have an area of specialty: Arts and Crafts, Aquatics (NLS), Outdoor Pursuits, Recreation and Games and Waterfront (NLS). They provide programs in their areas (which we call Regular Programs) and combine together to make All Camp Programs.
18-20 Counsellors: Counsellors are primarily responsible for the care of the campers. Each counsellor is placed in a buddy group with one other counsellor and six campers. Together, they adapt programs to the needs of the campers, and provide for the emotional and physical well being of the campers. That could be lending a hand to a homesick camper or helping out with personal care (showering/changing).
Personal Support Workers: Some campers are best supported in our program with a personal support worker (PSW) who can work with camp staff to provide 1:1 support at camp. PSW's are most often found through independent relationships between camper families and personal support workers.
Leader in Training Counsellors: The Leader in Training Program is only offered at Camp Squamish. Counsellors for this program will work closely with the LIT Coordinator to run leadership training activities (including a 6 day canoe trip) for young leaders. LIT counsellors will also spend at least 1 week as a counsellor for kids camp.
All staff must have proof of a Standard First Aid and CPR-C prior to the start date. A criminal record check with a vulnerable sector search is also mandatory. We also recommend a Hep A and B vaccination prior to employment.
Easter Seals Camps have a mandate to provide a 3:1 camper to staff ratio, which is significantly larger than the 8:1 or 10:1 that you’d find at other sleep-over summer camps.
If you are interested in applying to work at camp check out the application process: