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Job Title: Counselling Director
Report To: Camp Director / Assistant Directors
Number of Positions Available: 1

Working as a member of the HOC Directing team, the Counselling Director’s main role is to support and improve the effectiveness of HOC’s counselling team. This role is facilitated by establishing clear and concise goals, as well as supervising and evaluating staff counselling techniques. The Counselling Director will work closely with each of the 7 Section Heads to train and supervise counselling staff in their roles, as well as oversee camper safety and discipline concerns. Directors are responsible for ensuring staff and campers are following our expectations and standards to maintain their safety and well-being. This includes providing care to our campers that reflects the standards and guidelines of HOC's Child Care Practices.


  • Role Specific Responsibilities
    • Review section and cabin assignments weekly.
    • Facilitate Section Head meetings as required.
    • Assist Section Heads with camper-related issues.
    • Assist Camp Director/Assistant Camp Directors with camper discipline and camper dismissal issues.
    • Work with Section Heads to produce monthly formal written evaluations of all counselling staff. 
    • Assign and supervise Saturday/Sunday counsellor cabin clean-up duties.
    • Work closely with the Counselling Coordinator/Parent Communications Representative to facilitate communication between campers & parents and assist counsellors as needed.
    • Work closely with the Staff Development Director to provide mentorship and support for all first-year HOC Staff.
  • Sr Staff Team Responsibilities
    • Reinforce the camp philosophy, policies and standards by acting as a role model to the staff and being an active participant in the camp community.
    • Provide leadership and guidance to staff and campers.
    • Improve the effectiveness of the Counselling program by establishing clear and concise goals.
    • Ensure staff provide care to our campers that reflect the standards and guidelines of HOC's Child Care Practices.
    • Accept responsibilities to maintain the Master Camp timetable.
    • Ensure that proper equipment use and safety rules are followed by staff.
    • Work with Section Heads and Counsellors to create and execute camp programming that is age appropriate, productive, and fun.
    • Attend, organize and facilitate sessions and programming for Staff Orientation Week in Spring.
    • Attend the Senior Staff Training Weekend in late June.
    • Participate in and take a leadership role in the training for land search and rescue procedures and assume a leadership role during a land emergency.
    • Carry an assigned radio and be available in case of an emergency at all times.
    • Assist with all Sunday camper check-ins.
    • Complete a Counselling report and update counselling manual at the end of the summer.
    • Complete 1- 2 duty weekends that may include Friday/Saturday curfew sign in and Saturday check-out. Duty weekends will be assigned in advance and must be adhered to.
    • Complete weekly Sr Staff duties as scheduled (Sr. Staff on Duty Rotation). Approximately 1-2 duties per week.
    • The Counselling Director can expect between 8-10 hrs of scheduled duties daily not including other duties as assigned based on program needs.


  • 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.
  • Leadership and participation in camp-wide special events (Evening Programs, All Camp Activities, Campfires, and Friday Finale) 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.


  • Room & Board Provided.
  • Weekly Staff Hockey & Water Skiing.
  • Time off will be scheduled on an as-needed basis up to the equivalence of a weekend off. Sunday Check-ins are a mandatory part of the Counselling Director's job responsibilities, and therefore time off will be scheduled around this. Time off must be scheduled in advance with the Assistant Director(s).
  • Time off daily - depending on weekly schedule.
  • Access to program and recreation equipment.
  • The chance to work in a close knit supportive community that values staff health and wellness, creativity, and employee success.
  • The opportunity to develop life skills, applicable to multi-faceted career opportunities.
  • An experience that will last a lifetime.

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Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: June 24, 2024 – August 24, 2024
Optional Employment: May & June 2024, Week #9 August 25 – August 31, 2024
Wages: Summer wages vary depending on age, qualifications, and experience of applicants. Room and board are included.


  • Minimum of 19 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled in a college or university program with preferred study in recreation management, education, early childhood development, physical education or personnel management.
  • Administrative background with experience in supervising peers.
  • Experience working with children of varied ages in a supervisory or teaching situation. Specific camp experience an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate, evaluate, and deal effectively with problem-solving situations within the area of responsibility.
  • Valid G driver’s license.
  • A genuine interest in working with children in the community.
  • Minimum of Bronze Cross swimming qualification (NL preferred).
  • Current certificate of Emergency First Aid and CPR.
  • Respect in Sport certification.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, energetic and positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.