Day Camp Variety Counsellor

Seasonal Fixed Term Contract

Posted date: March 01, 2019

Position vacancy Closing date: June 21, 2019
Employment TypeSeasonal
Job ID0982
Pay$13.15/hour (Under 18) and $14/hour (18+)
EffectiveJune 15 – August 30, 2019
Reports toProgram Head
Location / RegionActon Park Ave Y Day Camp, Milton Fairgrounds (busing available) Ontario Place Y Day Camp, Toronto Kensington Y Day Camp & Scarborough Lester B Pearson Y Day Camps. #DayCamp2019
Job Code1223 (Under 18) or 1201
Application DeadlineJune 21, 2019

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides almost 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Camping Services offer the highest quality Day Camp programs for more than 9000 children and youth in 55 locations across the Greater Toronto Area. YMCA Summer Day Camps offer numerous programs for 4-16 year olds that are safe, engaging, fun and contributing to the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s vision: Our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

Camp Counselors are responsible for ensuring the successful day-to-day implementation of the camp program ensuring that all children and youth have a safe and positive camp experience leading to personal growth and leadership opportunities.  Variety Counselors are responsible for planning and implementing various camp programs such as arts and crafts, sports, science activities, cooperative small and large games and recreational swimming!


Program planning; ensures daily & weekly YMCA camp program plans are filled out properly and approved by program head ensuring programs are in line with and meeting the objectives of the day camp program modules 

Program delivery; ensures program plans are being followed, adequate program supplies are available and campers are having a fun, safe, and engaging high quality camp experience 

Program participation; participates enthusiastically in all camp programs with campers, including recreational swim times and theme days 

Camper supervision; ensures campers are being safely supervised and supported at all times during their day camp experience, and providing opportunities for all campers to experience success 

Responsible for attending all staff trainings and meetings; showing up on time, and actively participating contributing to the development of all staff members  

Ensures Health & Safety procedures are being followed and maintained; and shares with the staff team the duties of ensuring the camp site is clean, organized and safe 

Ensure administrative tasks are completed accurately and on-time including program plans, parent communication logs and weekly camper certificates  

Acts as a positive role model for children, youth and fellow staff through embodying the values of the YMCA, following all YMCA day camp guidelines, YMCA policies and procedures, OCA standards, High 5 Standards 

Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.  Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner. 

Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services. 

Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff. 

Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum age 17 by December 31st
  • Experience working with children preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C that is valid until at least the last day of your contract
  • Must be certified in High Five® Principals of Healthy Childhood Development by June 15, 2019

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

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About YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plan Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps.

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.

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2015 Canada's Best Diversity Employers
2015 Canada's Greenest Employers
Canada's Top Employers for Young People 2016