South River-Machar Day Camp Head

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Job Title: S.R.M. Day Camp Head
Report To: Program Director
Number of Positions Available: 1

The South River-Machar Day Camp (SRM) heads work cooperatively as members of the HOC Senior Staff team and as leading SRM Day Camp instructor within the SRM Day Camp staff team. They are responsible to both instruct daily activities as well as plan and facilitate; all program activities and schedules with-in their staff team. The SRM Day camp program head will also be responsible for assisting the Program Director with schedules and the overall management of camp activities/activity staff, within their staff team. Including oral & written staff evaluations and assisting the Program Director with camper evaluations.

The Monday-Friday routine is to instruct 6 hours of programming each day (9:30am-3:30pm) to day campers of all ages, as well as provide leadership to the SRM Day Camp staff.  The SRM Day Camp Head is responsible for ensuring all activities/ programs are taught in a safe and fun manner.

Communication with camper parents as well as the South River Village office is part of the daily routine.  Heads are required to maintain their program areas and equipment. Each Head is required to ensure approximately 1 hr of program development time is achieved by each of their staff each day as required. Every week Heads are also responsible for writing personal evaluations on each camper they teach during the week. Evaluations are proof read and stuffed by Thursday night. Heads are responsible for teaching staff and campers the safety requirements of each program ensuring that all participants use equipment properly and follow safety standards. This includes providing care to our campers that reflects the standards and guidelines of the Hockey Opportunity Camp Code of Conduct.


  • 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.
  • Accept responsibilities to maintain over-all camp timetable.
  • Improve the effectiveness of the HOC camp programs by establishing clear and concise goals.
  • Ensure that proper equipment use and safety rules are followed by staff.
  • Ensure staff provides care to our campers that reflect the standards and guidelines of the Hockey Opportunity Camp Code of Conduct.
  • Create and execute camp programming that is age appropriate, productive, and fun.
  • Responsible for program development and promotion during May Planning weekend, Pre-Camp Orientation and throughout the summer.
  • Be knowledgeable in all safety procedures: including fire, land and aquatic emergency procedures.
  • Complete work brigades Sunday morning before camper registration.
  • Develop complete lesson plans for all of SRM Day Camp programming.
  • Lead a weekly Head Lice check.
  • Take a lead role in dealing with any SRM Day Camp camper issues, up to and including contacting SRM Day Camp parents, if necessary.
  • Maintain equipment inventories throughout the summer.
  • Ensure that equipment and program site safety checks take place on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Teach 6 hours of programming daily, Monday to Friday (9:30am-3:30pm). Plus additional evening activity programs, when needed.
  • Assist with evening programming including; evening cabin supervision once per week, all camp activities once per week.
  • Complete weekly camper evaluations.
  • Complete SRM Day Camp attendance sheets daily.
  • Attend Thursday evening “Study Hall” for evaluation writing.
  • Reinforce the camp philosophy, policies, and standards by acting as a role model to other activity instructors.
  • Attend and assist in the facilitation of every Thursday evening staff meeting when required.
  • Carry an assigned radio and be available in case of an emergency at all times.
    Make any transportation runs (ie. clinic / hospital) that are required, provided that you are free at the time.
  • Complete 1- 2 duty weekends that may include Friday/Saturday curfew sign in, Saturday Check out, and Hold Over supervision.
  • Complete Program Head report and update program manual at the end of the summer.
  • Heads are allowed one weekend off. This is scheduled with the Camp Director at the beginning of the summer. To ensure that we are able to schedule Duty Weekends around Saturday
  • Evening Supervision responsibilities, Heads need to be flexible around their personal schedule. Weekly time off will be scheduled each week that may include mornings, afternoons, or additional weekends free of assigned duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • A Head 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 (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.

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Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: July 2, 2017 – August 27, 2017
Optional Employment: Week #9 August 27 – September 2, 2017
Wages: Summer wages range from $2,000 – $3,200 per summer depending on qualifications and experience of applicants. Room and board are included.


  • A minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Genuine interest in teaching outdoor activities to children & supervising peers.
  • 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.
  • Genuine interest in working with children in the community.
  • Minimum Bronze Cross Award, NLS preferred.
  • Emergency First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Must be an enthusiastic, energetic and positive person.
  • Must be willing to take part in camp related activities outside the defined job description.