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. 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. The summer season starts with training in the beginning of June and then we transition into our week long camp sessions which run until the middle of August. Camp sessions run for 6 or 7 days with 3-day breaks between each camp. During these camp sessions staff are required to be on-site 24hrs a day. Click here for a list of Important Staff Dates and Camp Session Dates.
Our staff are a group of dedicated individuals that come together with one common goal: giving campers the best week of their summer! Each of our three camps have a total of around 30 full time summer staff. In addition, between 1 and 4 volunteers join for a week at a time. As this is such a large staff it is important that everyone is able to work effectively in a large group.
All staff must have proof of a Standard First Aid and CPR-C prior to the start date. A criminal record check completed within 6 months of the start of camp with a vulnerable sector search is also mandatory. We also recommend a Hep A and B vaccination prior to employment.
3 Coordinators: Head Coordinator, Counselling Coordinator and Program Coordinator (and the Leader in Transition Coordinator at Camp Squamish). The coordinators are responsible for hiring, training and evaluating the summer camp staff. Head Coordinators are paid $2600/month and other coordinators are paid $2200/month. Coordinator wages are additionally adjusted for based on returning year.
2 Registered Nurses: The Nurses are responsible for overseeing health and safety at camp. They administer medication, monitor special diets, and administer first aid. Click here for a list of Important Staff Dates and Camp Session Dates. RNs are paid $4000/ month ($25/hour).
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. Programmer orientation begins at different times depending on the programmer position. Click here for a list of Important Staff Dates and Camp Session Dates. Lifeguards are paid $90/day and receive a $500 bonus upon completion of the summer. Return staff programmers make $90/day and new programmers make $86.80/day.
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). Click here for a list of Important Staff Dates and Camp Session Dates. Return counsellors are paid $90/day and new counsellors $86.80/day
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. PSWs are most often found through independent relationships between camper families and personal support workers. PSWs are paid by the parents/guardians of the child they are supporting. For more information visit the PSW page.
The Leader in Transition Program: The LIT 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 5 day canoe trip) for young leaders. LIT counsellors will also spend at least 1 week as a counsellor for kids camp. L.I.T counsellors are paid the same wages as new and return staff.
If you are interested in applying to work at camp check out the application process