Camp Counsellors - Starting at $16.00/hour
Camp Amicus
About the Job
Program/Activity Leaders
Camp Location
745 37 Street NW , Calgary, Alberta
Job Description

2022 Camp Counsellor Job Description


About Us


For 40 years, Camp Amicus has provided impactful and life-changing camp experiences for children, teens, and youth with Learning Disabilities, AD/HD, and related diagnoses. A place where participants are seen and understood for who they are, with individual supports in place for each camper to find understanding, build confidence and maximize their potential. All programs at Amicus are based on current evidence-based and peer-reviewed models and interventions. 


About You


Camp Amicus is not only a place for our campers to grow but for our staff to grow too! We are passionate about helping staff develop new skills and find their passions within their role at Camp Amicus. Amicus staff are defined by their desire to grow, take responsibility for any missteps (we all make mistakes!), are flexible when changes happen, communicate with others clearly and honestly,  and are self-starters. Amicus is not limited to folkx with a set background in working with children, or camp/recreation programs. We appreciate having staff with little or no experience joining our team who want to learn as they often provide new perspectives on our programs, policies, and how Amicus can be successful.


Position Summary


Note: For 2022 we are intending to provide both overnight and day camp programming. Staff hired will work in both programs and are not able to ‘opt-out’ of either program’.


Working collaboratively a co-counsellor, Amicus Camp Counsellors support and supervise campers in a 2:6 ratio. Counsellors make our program fun and impactful by creating meaningful relationships with and between our campers. Working in a collaborative team to support campers and other staff, our Counsellors get to slip and slide, create art, play soccer, climb, paddle, horseback ride, and more with our campers all summer long. Counsellors are supported by their head counsellor to find success in their role at camp. We take the development of our camp staff seriously, through over 100 hours of paid training and industry certifications such as Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and structured supervision and mentorship plans for each staff member. 


Physical/Social Demands of the Role


Candidates must be able to see and respond to campers and other staff consistently.

Candidates must be able to work in a consistently mobile fashion – moving for up to 4 hours a time.

Candidates must be able to sustain attention to the program participants without significant impairment.

Candidates will not have access to their cell phones during work hours, except during special circumstances and emergencies.


Key Position Responsibilities


In accordance with our mandate of creating a caring and safe environment for children and their families, we require an up to date (within 6 months of start) Police records with Vulnerable Sector Screening, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all of our staff. We also require that all staff be currently eligible to work in Canada. 


Supporting and Supervising Campers

  • establish relationships with campers that reflect respect, trust, and empathy, and work as a social coach to develop social skills in our campers
  • support the successful execution of intentional camp programs connecting them back to the program outcomes
  • encourage camper development and recognize their achievements
  • respond with interventions learned in training when addressing challenging camper behaviours as they arise
  • model healthy choices and emotional maturity
  • exhibit a constant duty of care for our campers, and appropriately assess and respond to risks
  • assist campers in meeting daily and personal needs for nutrition, hydration, and hygiene (hygiene overnight camp only) with reminders and monitoring.
  • providing supervision at mealtimes, bedtimes, and any unstructured or “choice” times.



  • attend all staff training and camp sessions, participating in daily camp programming and activities
  • adapt and implement successful camp programs, connecting them to our program mission, values, and outcomes (social skill programming, clubs, choice, and camp-wide game alternative programming)
  • maintain programming supply organization, inventory reporting to the program coordinator 
  • Provide direct leadership


Documentation and Communication

  • inform supervisor (head counsellor) of any camper issues that arise in a timely manner (within 2 hours)
  • complete sessional camper reports to a high level – well-edited, coherent, appropriate strategies for families
  • ensure all forms (safe person/safe place plan, accident/incident report, behaviour support plan) are completed accurately in a timely manner (by end of day).


Other Duties as Assigned



Required Criteria

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level-C Certification.
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 by the start date of your contract.
  • A positive attitude and desire to work collaboratively with the Camp Amicus team, giving and receiving feedback professionally.
  • Ability to live on-site at our overnight camp for 6 days/5 nights per week for training and overnight camp dates.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and proven organizational abilities.
  • Mature, flexible, and well-organized with the ability to work well with other staff, supervisors, and management as a member of a multidisciplinary team.


Advantageous Criteria

  • Ability to work beyond the summer program in our year-round recreation and respite programs.
  • National Lifeguard Service certification (current or ability to recertify).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, basic accounting, and proven organizational abilities.


Position Details


June 16, 2022 – August 29, 2021

No programming or training on July 1, or August 1, 2022.


How to Apply