Personal Support Counsellor

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Job Title: Personal Support Counsellor
Reports To: Section Head/Counselling Director
Number of Positions Available: 2


The Personal Support Counsellor (PSC) is hired to help provide an unforgettable camp experience for campers who require 1:1 supervision. These campers come recommended through Reach for the Rainbow (Reach), an organization dedicated towards the inclusion of all youth in summer camp environments.

The PSC should have an interest or experience in working with special needs youth as he/she will be responsible for ensuring a safe and positive camp experience for the assigned camper. Counsellors are the staff members who work most closely with our campers and supervise them in all aspects of camp. Being a Counsellor in any regard requires many different personal and professional skills. Working 1:1 with a camper requires even more patience, responsibility, and discipline skills. This position is detail-oriented in regards to the health, safety, parenting, basic personal care needs and integration of the camper.To maintain a high standard of care, the PSC is also responsible for teaching and enforcing the HOC Principles of Respect to their campers, including safety expectations of camp and general activities. Ensuring that both campers and staff in the section follow proper equipment use and safety regulations is an important part of working at HOC.

DAILY / WEEKLY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend a regional integration and inclusion training provided by Reach, prior to the commencement of the employment period.
  • Attend further on-site pre-program training provided by Reach, prior to the commencement of the employment period.
  • Read and understand the camper’s needs profile before arrival and during the camp session to identity and plan for the camper’s needs and interests.
  • Complete a parent phone call with assigned camper at least 5 days in advance of the camper’s start date at camp.
  • Meet with parents/guardians upon arrival to camp, to further discuss any concerns and needs of the camper.
  • Act as a 1:1 with the assigned camper, ensuring that the camper’s needs are met, including daily routines, personal care, health needs/medication(s) and assistance to fully participate in the program successfully.
  • Provide direct 1:1 support only when needed to ensure other staff and campers feel they can interact with the camper.
  • Adapt games and activities, where needed, to ensure full camper participation and encourage camp staff and cabin group input whenever possible.
  • Take proper care of any adaptive equipment loaned to HOC by Reach.
  • Encourage social interactions between campers in the section and within camp implementing co-operative activities and games to facilitate this process.
  • Assist fellow Counsellors and Section Heads with a day-to-day program plan for the section and the camper.
  • Allow campers to help plan their participation in daily activities.
  • Participate in activities as required and take a step back when given the opportunity to do so.
  • Act as a contributing member of the Section, addressing other camper behaviour and negative actions when required.
  • Provide supervision to campers while at camp during meals, activities, free time, evening and overnight.
  • Update and maintain a communication log highlighting the camper’s experience, to be provided to the Parents at end of session.
  • Adhere to HOC’s privacy and confidentiality policy.
  • Use person-first language, emphasizing discussion of similarities rather than differences.
  • Refrain from discussions of the camper in from of them or in the presence of other campers.
  • Assist the Administrative Assistant in communicating openly and positively with parents, including on check-in day, and at various times throughout the week.
  • Deal immediately and effectively with teasing, bullying and the use of negative words, etc.
  • Be open to feedback and to follow suggestions from Reach for the Rainbow Staff and HOC Staff regarding participation, integration and inclusion concerns.
  • Report and document all incidents and/or accident involving campers supported through HOC’s online form submission pages.
  • Other duties as assigned.

ALL STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • All staff are required to deliver every day our Brand Promise “Best Summer Of Your Life” in each camper and staff interaction. Guided by our four core principles, Community, Leadership, Accountability, and Performance.
  • All staff are expected to abide by and enforce camp guidelines of respect. These are the rules and expectations of behaviour implemented to maintain a fun and safe camp environment.
  • All staff are responsible for the safety and security of each camper in their care. Staff are to follow prescribed program standards and lesson plans in order to ensure the highest level of care and instruction.
  • Attendance for all staff to the June orientation week training is mandatory. This training period is where each staff will receive essential employment information and training for a successful summer experience.
  • Participation in camp-wide special events (All Camps, Friday Campfire, Program Demonstrations) and weekly meetings are an expectation of all staff members.
  • The dynamic nature of summer camp demands each staff understand that additional duties may be assigned as required.

SUMMER BENEFITS AND TIME OFF

  • Room & Board Provided.
  • Weekly Staff Hockey & Water Skiing.
  • Staff working full 8 week contract period are entitled to 1 weekend off (Friday after daily duties to Sunday program demonstrations).
  • Time off weekly - Wednesday evening  in-house) & Saturday evening.
  • Access to program and recreation equipment.
  • An experience that will last a lifetime.

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EMPLOYMENT PERIOD

Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: July 1, 2018 – August 25, 2018
Optional Employment: Week #9 August 26 – September 1, 2018
Wages: Summer wages vary depending on age, qualifications and experience of applicants. Room and board are included.


RECOMMENDED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of 18 years old.
  • Genuine interest in working with children with special needs.
  • Experience teaching and communicating with children of varied ages and abilities. Specific camp experience an asset.
  • Minimum of Bronze Cross swimming qualification (NLS preferred).
  • Current certificate of Emergency First Aid and CPR.
  • Must be enthusiastic, energetic, and positive.
  • Must be able to work independently as part of a larger staff team.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.
  • Respect In Sport Certificate.