Counsellors are staff members who work most closely with our campers and supervise them while in camp, at meals, during activities and each evening in their cabins, as part of a Section Team.
Being a part of a Section Team requires many different personal and professional skills. Staff responsible for young children require a high level of maturity and “parent-like” sensibilities allowing them to deal with such matters as homesickness at bedtime. Counsellors who are responsible for older children require strong communication and discipline skills. A strong understanding of the camper’s interests and preferred activities is crucial to ensuring the camper has a fun and productive time at camp. All counselling staff are required to facilitate one-on-one attention and are required to find creative solutions for keeping campers engaged and enjoying the camp experience. Counsellor's close relationships with campers and often require Counsellors to help provide personal support to individual campers (bedwetting, brushing teeth, etc).
As part of the Section Team, Counsellors will also provide program instruction to campers in their section, based on an outlined program curriculum. Standards are developed on skills-based progressions through an established awards system already in place at HOC. Instructors are expected to teach classes that are age-appropriate, productive, and fun. This includes being prepared to teach in a variety of weather conditions (rainy day programs). Every week Counsellors are also responsible for writing personal evaluations on each camper they teach during the week. Counsellors are responsible for teaching campers the safety requirements of each program ensuring that all participants use equipment properly and follow safety standards.
Counsellors have long but rewarding work days with their campers. Therefore, Counsellors have the largest impact on individual campers and their camp experience. To maintain a high standard of care Counsellors are responsible for teaching and enforcing the HOC Principles of Respect to campers including safety expectations of camp and camp activities.
Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: July 4, 2021 – August 28, 2021
Optional Employment: Week #9 August 29 – September 4, 2021
Wages: Summer wages vary depending on age, qualifications and experience of applicants. Room and board are included.