When looking to go on the program, you can select between two different roles: Camp Counselor or Support Staff
Counselors will either live in a cabin or platform tent with a co-counselor and 8-12 campers or in separate staff housing. Sometimes cabins have their own bathroom, but it is common for several cabins to share a large centralized bath and shower facility.
Staff and campers eat in what is typically called the “Dining Hall”. Depending on your camp, you get food from a “buffet” or served “family style” (with platters of food brought to your table). The dining hall is a fun and lively part of camp with lots of talking, chants, and singing.
You will fill the role of an Activity Counselor or General Counselor depending on your skill level and experience. In either role, you will lead or assist campers of all ages in one or more activities.
Participants are expected to work a minimum of 8-10 weeks, with opportunities for longer experiences. You will get an average of 1 day off per week, with schedules varying by individual camps.
Support Staff generally share their own housing (cabins, dormitories, or platform tents) with co-workers and do not share cabins with children. During time off, Support Staff can use camp facilities to relax, exercise, and learn new skills.
The dining hall is the heart of camp and it takes a large number of kitchen staff to prepare meals and serve campers. Support Staff are strongly encouraged to get involved with the chants and singing. There is never a dull moment in the dining hall.
Support Staff work up to 10 hours per day and no more than 60 hours per week. Depending on your specific position, you may be given time-off during various times throughout the day and at least one day off per week. Your camp will encourage you to get involved with camp activities during your free time.
Support Staff are expected to work a minimum of 8 weeks. During this time, you will get an average of 1 day off per week, though schedules vary by camp.
Note: These positions are only available to native English speakers.
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The table below displays the fees for the Camp Counselors Canada program. Prices are in US Dollars.
The following fees are in addition to CCUSA’s program fees and set by independent bodies.
Pocket money varies according to your position, but you can expect to earn the following amounts during an 8-10 week contract.
If a camp hires you for longer than 10 weeks, you will be paid additional pocket money.
Please note, camps will deduct taxes from your pay. You may file a tax return beginning in March the following year, and you may not receive all the taxes you paid back.
Pocket money listed is in Canadian dollars.
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