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Job Title: Head of Staff Development
Report To: Camp Director/Assistant Director
Number of Positions Available: 1

The strength of the HOC program is based on the strength of the staff team. The staff development programs are the foundation of training individuals to work and succeed in the camp environment. Working as a member of the HOC Sr Staff team, the Head of Staff Development's main role is to support and improve the effectiveness of the CIT/LIT programs. This role is facilitated by establishing clear and concise goals (Lesson Plans) for the program and executing program delivery in a quality manner. In addition, the role requires that the Head ensure weekly schedules and CIT/LIT expectations are followed through, facilitate/delegate all activity and theory sessions, plan and lead a four day canoe trip in Algonquin Park (once per session) as well as a one night camping trip with LITs (once per session) and complete all CIT/LIT evaluations. Heads are responsible for teaching CIT/LIT's 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 HOC's Child Care Practices. The Head of Staff Development is also responsible for taking a lead in the mentorship of HOC's first-year staff members, to ensure they have positive supports in their new job roles.


  • Role Specific Responsibilities
    • Reinforce the camp philosophy, policies, and standards by acting as a role model to the CITs/LITs and being an active participant in the camp community.
    • Provide leadership and guidance to CITs/LITs as well as assume responsibility for their supervision and discipline.
    • Improve the effectiveness of the CIT/LIT programs by establishing clear and concise goals.
    • Ensure CITs/LITs provide care to our campers that reflect the standards and guidelines of HOC's Child Care Practices.
    • Create and execute CIT/LIT programming that is age-appropriate, productive, and fun.
    • Communicate with all CIT/LITs prior to their camp arrival.
    • Facilitate or delegate all CIT/LIT activities, theory/development, and mentor sessions.
    • Establish strict guidelines and monitor CIT/LIT sleeping quarters and their cleanliness.
    • Organize and supervise 2, 4-day CIT out-trips to Algonquin Park, and 4, Saturday night LIT out-trips on HOC Property.
    • Work with the Counselling Director to provide mentorship to all first-year HOC Staff.
    • Provide formal evaluations (verbal or written) to all CITs each week and ensure their mentor completes evaluations for the last 2 weeks of the program.
    • Provide formal verbal evaluations to all CITs & their parents at the end of their session.
    • Provide formal written take-home evaluations for all LITs at the end of their session.
    • Award and record community service hours for all LITs/CITs and provide proof in a community service letter and check-out package.
    • Be available to assist Camp Directors as required or when instructional schedule allows.
  • Sr Staff Team Responsibilities
    • 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 required Sunday camper check-ins.
    • 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 weekly Sr Staff duties as scheduled. (Office shift, Cabin Supervision, nightly rounds etc.). Approximately 2-4 duties per week depending on availability.
    • The Head of Staff Development 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.
  • The Staff Development Team will be provided with the equivalent of a weekend off, once throughout the summer. This time off will be scheduled in advance with the Camp Director and will not necessarily run over a Saturday/Sunday.
  • Time off weekly - Friday or Saturday evening (3 opportunities to sign-out and leave camp property).
  • 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: July 3, 2022 – August 27, 2022
Optional Employment: May & June 2022, Week #9 August 28 – September 3, 2022
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.
  • 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.
  • Outdoor camping and tripping experience.