Head of South River-Machar Day Camp

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

The Head of the South River-Machar Day Camp (SRM) works cooperatively as a member of the HOC Senior Staff team and as leading SRM Day Camp instructor within the SRM Day Camp staff team. They are responsible for both instructing daily activities as well as planning and facilitating all program activities and schedules within their staff team. The Head of SRM Day Camp 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 (9:30 am-3:30 pm) to campers of all ages, as well as provide leadership to the SRM Day Camp staff.  The Head of SRM Day Camp 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 proofread 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 Hockey Opportunity Camp's Child Care Practices.


  • Role Specific Responsibilities
    • Complete work brigades Sunday morning before camper check-ins.
    • Develop complete lesson plans for all of SRM Day Camp programming.
    • Ride the SRM bus for supervision, once per week or as required.
    • Lead a weekly Head Lice check on Monday mornings.
    • 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 through Friday (9:30 am-3:30 pm). Plus additional evening activity programs, when needed.
    • Complete weekly camper evaluations.
    • Complete SRM Day Camp attendance sheets daily.
    • Be available to assist Camp Directors as required or when instructional schedule allows.
  • 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 camp programs 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.
    • Provide three formal staff evaluations; after weeks 2, 4 and 6.
    • Accept responsibilities to maintain the Master Camp timetable.
    • Ensure that proper equipment use and safety rules are followed by staff.
    • Create and execute camp programming that is age appropriate, productive, and fun.
    • Attend, and assist in organizing and facilitating sessions and programming for Staff Orientation Week in late June.
    • 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.
    • Attend all Thursday evening staff meetings.
    • Make any transportation runs (ie. Clinic / Hospital) that are required, provided that you are free at the time.
    • Complete a Program report and update program manual at the end of the summer.
    • Complete 1- 2 duty weekends that may include Friday/Saturday curfew sign in, Saturday check-out, and holdover supervision. Duty weekends will be assigned in advance and must be adhered to.
    • Complete weekly Sr Staff duties as scheduled (Office shift, Coaches Corner, nightly rounds etc.). Approximately 2-4 duties per week depending as required.
    • The Head of S.R.M Day Camp can expect between 8-10 hrs of scheduled duties daily not including other duties as assigned based on program needs.
    • Other duties as assigned.


  • 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.


  • Room & Board Provided.
  • Weekly Staff Hockey & Water Skiing.
  • 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.
  • Access to program and recreation equipment.
  • An experience that will last a lifetime.

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Staff Orientation / Training: TBD
Employment Period: June 28, 2020 – August 29, 2020
Optional Employment: May & June 2020, Week #10 August 30 – September 5, 2020
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.