Day Camp Integration 1:1 Counsellor

Seasonal Fixed Term Contract

Posted date: March 01, 2019

Position vacancy Closing date: June 21, 2019
Employment TypeSeasonal
Job ID0985
EffectiveJune 15 – August 30, 2019
Reports toProgram Head
Location / RegionVarious day camp locations across the GTA – please see below for details. #DayCamp2019
Job Code1210
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.

At the YMCA, we believe every child should have the opportunity to grow, learn and have fun at a YMCA Summer Day Camp. 1:1 Camp Counselors play an integral role ensuring every child has the opportunity to participate in a camp experience. 1:1 Counselors are placed with a child that requires additional support to ensure he/she has a positive camp experience.



Program planning & delivery responsible for getting to know the camper and his/her goals at camp, planning their camp program to ensure they meet their goals and have a high quality camp experience

Parent Communication; prior to camp the counselor will contact the family and get to know the individual needs of his/her camper and continue to communicate with the family throughout the session to ensure they are aware of the camper’s successes and any challenges they might be facing 

Program participation; is actively engaged and participates in all camp programs with campers, including daily program, special events, theme days and swimming

Camper supervision; ensures camper(s) are being safely supervised and supported at all times during their day camp experience providing opportunities for all campers to experience success and integrating his/her camper to the program as much as possible

Commitment to learning is dedicated to learning the needs of each individual camper and committed to supporting campers and adapting activities as required ensuring the successful integration of campers 

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

Ensure administrative tasks are completed accurately and on-time including all paperwork associated with our YMCA day camp integration program 

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

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 Children's Aid Society. 

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.


  • Post-secondary education (or currently enrolled in) working with children with special needs such as Early Childhood Education Advanced Studies in Special Needs, Child and Youth studies or Social Work (preferred)
  • Minimum age 18 by December 31st
  • Minimum 1 year experience working in a child-oriented program, preferably with children that require additional support
  • Demonstrated ability to work 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


How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for Camps in (or busing from) the following cities; please state which city you are applying to work at in your cover letter. 

Durham Region: Oshawa, Pickering,

Peel/Halton Region: Brampton, Mississauga, Milton

Toronto Region: Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, Toronto-Central, Toronto-East, Toronto-West

York Region: Markham, Richmond Hill, Stouffville


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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