Posted: November 21, 2012
Filed Under: Camps - Residential
Location(s): Camp Chief Hector YMCA
Salary: Ranges from $200 to $300 weekly - room and board included
Start Date: June 27, 2013
End Date: August 30, 2013
YMCA Calgary is a charitable organization driven by its mission to facilitate and promote the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of individuals and foster a sense of responsibility within the community. For more than 100 years, YMCA Calgary has offered values-based programs and services that enable people to develop in spirit, mind and body.
With an annual budget of $27 million, YMCA Calgary serves the Calgary community from six branches and over 60 program delivery sites. With four Health and Wellness branches: Eau Claire, Shawnessy, Crowfoot and Saddletowne, as well as the Community YMCA and YMCA Camp Chief Hector, YMCA Calgary offers programs and services in a variety of areas that promote healthy choices, personal growth and community engagement. YMCA Calgary's upcoming presence in the South Health Campus will further enable the YMCA to assist people to be healthy in spirit, mind and body.
The Camp Chief Hector YMCA runs a summer camp for children and youth and their families. All summer staff live and work at our site located near Exshaw, Alberta or at our Gray Jay site west of Sundre, Alberta. Counselors work in pairs, residing in tipis with eight campers. Meals are eaten with campers at each tipi group's table in Hector Lodge or at our Gray Jay camp.
Nature and Scope:
The Gray Jay Pioneer/Sr Shotungwa Counsellor leads programs for 14-15 year old youth who come to camp for 13-day sessions. Throughout the summer, these counsellors will be involved with the Pioneer hike option (7 or 8-day backpacking trip in the Yaha Tinda area), the Pioneer hike/horse option (5-day backpacking trip in the Gray Jay area and a 4-day horse experience), and the Sr Shotungwa group (4-day backpacking and a 5-day horse experience). Gray Jay staff have significant experience leading multi-day backpacking trips with youth and will complete a backpacking course in staff training. Experience working with horses is valuable.
For a thorough description of our employment opportunities, staff expectations and summer programs, please see our website at:
- Provide fun, positive and active leadership to campers
- Be a friend and mentor to campers and their families
- Support Camp Chief Hector YMCA risk management rules and guidelines
- Create a caring, supportive environment where campers feel that they can take risks, make new friends and try new things
- Model and support the values of Camp Chief Hector YMCA and YMCA Calgary
- Work as an active and positive member of the Camp Chief Hector YMCA staff team
- Manage personal energy to perform excellently each week with a busy schedule
Certifications and Experiences
People who have found success in this position have:
- Previous experience and positive references related to working with children/youth
- Clearly demonstrated a positive attitude and teamwork in prior work/volunteer situations
- The ability to provide comfort and guidance to campers
- Comfort with and enthusiasm for backcountry travel
- Wilderness First Aid and CPR 'C' - 40 hour course
A clean criminal background check including a vulnerable sector search from 2013
Commitment to the Vision and Values: Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision and values of YMCA Calgary
Service Attitude/Customer Focus: Identifies needs and wants of campers and their families as priority and responds in an effective and timely manner to enhance every person's Camp Chief Hector YMCA experience
Leadership: Ability to adapt to working with different people in a dynamic environment
Communication: Ability to maintain open, clear, honest rapport with campers and co-workers
Self Management: Ability to adapt personal job expectations and maintain desire for professional growth
Teamwork: Ability to work effectively with others to provide memorable camp experiences for children and youth
Flexibility/Managing Change: Ability to initiate and respond effectively to changing conditions
Diversity: Appreciate that people with varying opinions, backgrounds and personalities bring richness to the YMCA
Commitment to Health and Safety: Acknowledges the importance and understands how to manage and educate others of risk management and harm reduction
NEW STAFF: For prospective staff new to Camp Chief Hector, please apply with a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references who can attest to your character and previous work or volunteer performance. At least one of these references must be from a position where you were working or volunteering with youth. If you are applying to work for more than one season, please send in only one application package and quote both seasons' job titles in the cover letter.
RETURNING STAFF: For prospective staff who have worked at Camp Chief Hector, please apply with a cover letter that answers the following questions:
- Why would you like to work at CCH for the summer of 2013?
- What have you been doing since you last worked at CCH?
- What positions are you interested in for 2013? Why do you think that those positions are suitable given your skills and experience?
- Why do you think that those positions are a good fit, given your job performance and feedback from the last season that you worked at CCH?
If you are applying to work for more than one season, please send in only one application package and quote both seasons' job titles in the cover letter.
Interviews begin October 15th. Hiring is ongoing until all positions are filled.
Please send application packages to: Aly Topping firstname.lastname@example.org