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Ryerson Summer Day Camps staff members have a strong passion and demonstrated interest in working with children, youth, and teens. Each staff member takes initiative to create a community that is centred on the needs of our campers. Staff members are committed to providing each camper with a fun, safe, and memorable summer camp experience. Day Camp staff are selected for their skills as leaders, teachers, mentors, and creative programmers.

Day Camp staff are teachers, coaches, recreation professionals, university graduates/students, varsity athletes, and senior high school students. All staff members hold First Aid and CPR certification, and pool staff are qualified lifeguards. Ryerson Summer Day Camp staff members must successfully complete a criminal background check prior to the start of their employment.

All Day Camp staff are required to apply to us each year, whether they are returning staff or new applicants. New staff members complete an interview with us, and they must demonstrate a strong ability and desire to work with young people.

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Ryerson Summer Day Camps is committed to creating a welcoming community where everyone is accepted, included, and celebrated.

We believe in:

  • Creating fair opportunities for everyone at Camp
  • Making sure everyone at Camp feels safe

We must:

  • Communicate and work together with everyone in our community
  • Invite everyone at Camp to share their ideas and have their voices heard

We understand that:

  • We need to keep an open mind
  • We must continue to learn about how we can include, accept, and celebrate everyone at Camp

We will work towards:

  • Continuing to build a community where everyone feels welcome, safe, and included
  • Encouraging everyone to share and participate at Camp

Ryerson University is committed to accessibility for individuals with disabilities. If you require any accommodations for accessibility at any point during the application process, please let us know.

Staff Applications

In a typical year, staff applications open in December for leadership staff and in January for camp counsellors and instructors. 

For 2021, staff applications will open no earlier than March. The first round of positions for virtual camp have been posted below. As planning for the camp program progresses, more positions may be posted. 

Pre-Camp Staff Training

Pre-Camp Staff Training is a ten-day commitment prior to the start of the summer. All Day Camp staff are required to participate fully in staff training.

We have tentatively scheduled the following dates for Pre-Camp Staff Training:

  • Monday, June 14 – Friday, June 18, 2021 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Monday, June 21 – Wednesday, June 23, 2021 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Pre-Camp includes a general orientation to the Day Camp program, opportunities to develop camper leadership skills, a variety of workshops (equity and diversity, health and safety, goal setting, teamwork, emotional and social growth), and in-depth training in long-term athlete development framing the sports and activities that we offer.

Summer Camp: June 29 – August 28, 2021

  • Staff are expected to commit to all eight (8) weeks of summer camp (Monday-Friday).

Staff applications are to be completed online. You can find the staff application by visiting ryersoncamps.campbrainstaff.com, external link, opens in new window.

As part of the online application, please submit:

  • A cover letter
  • Your current resume
  • Copies of any and all current qualifications / certifications

Supporting documents can be submitted along with your application in CampBrain (see link above).

We appreciate each applicant’s interest in a position with us. Only those new staff applicants being considered for a position will be contacted for an interview.

Some returning staff applicants may be asked to complete an interview.

Job Opportunities

Overview

Preface: In 2021, the Day Camp program will prepare for two distinct versions of summer: one for virtual camps, and one for in-person camps. The job description that follows describes a position that would operate in both scenarios, and applicants should understand that each scenario is equally likely. In the event that the Day Camp program were to run in-person, this position would see an increase to full-time hours.

Description: The Leader-in-Training (LIT) program is a two-step program that supports veteran campers of Ryerson Summer Day Camps to transition to the role of leader. The LIT Facilitators are responsible for the development and delivery of the LIT program to youth ages 14 - 17 throughout the summer. This program may be delivered virtually or in-person, depending on public health guidance and approval from Ryerson University. During the weeks the LIT program is not offered, the LIT Facilitators are either assigned as a Counsellor to a camper group or support the Day Camp program in other capacities as required.

Position Details

Starting wage: $14.75 / hour

Positions available: 2

Application deadline: March 25, 2021

Position start date: April 26, 2021

Camp type: virtual and in-person (this position's role will change depending on the camp program that is offered)

Term & hours / week

Spring/Summer

  • April 26 – Jun 18: 10 hrs / week
  • June 21 – Aug 27: 36 hrs / week
  • Opportunity for expanded hours in the event of transition from virtual to in-person programming

Position type:

  • Non-Career Boost

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education (completion or enrolment in a post-secondary program) in a related field or commensurate experience
  • Minimum 2 seasons of camp staff (or similar) experience
  • Significant previous teaching experience in camp program areas (certification is an asset)
  • Demonstration of strong leadership skills in a summer camp, recreation, or other setting
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with campers, parents/guardians, and staff
  • Proven ability to work as a team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-starter and organizer
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’ certification
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check

Role-Specific Responsibilities

  • Using available resources and previous examples, develop an updated LIT program curriculum that will meet the needs of our current LIT registrants
  • Lead the delivery of the LIT program
  • Provide leadership and supervision to LIT registrants throughout the program, in partnership with other camp programs as necessary
  • Supervise and support practicum students in their placements with the LIT program
  • Provide Seasonal Camps Coordinator with detailed report on the program at the end of the summer
  • Provide Seasonal Camps Coordinator with formal feedback on each participant including recommendations for the future
  • In collaboration with the Seasonal Camps Coordinator, interpret and apply relevant public health guidance for the safe operation of LIT programs in response to COVID-19

General Responsibilities

  • Assist as needed with general day camp programs, including supervision during special programming and emergency procedures
  • Ensure participant safety throughout each day
  • Assist with input information into the CampBrain database
  • Ensure the confidentiality of all camper, family, and staff information in accordance with Ryerson’s Privacy Policy
  • Assist Camp & Aquatics Coordinator to oversee Day Camp and Ontario Camps Association standards within all areas of Camp operations
  • Ensure all Camp activities are proactive in supporting health and safety of campers and staff
  • Ensure risk management plans are in place
  • Set a positive example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, and attitude
  • Follow and enforce Day Camp rules as outlined in the Staff, Volunteer, and Camper Codes of Conduct
  • Assist in creating and maintaining a culture of inclusivity, belonging, pride and excellence in Athletics & Recreation facilities by providing excellent customer service to campers, families, and guests
  • All other duties as assigned or required

Applications will be accepted until Monday, April 12th @ 11:30 p.m.

Overview

Preface: In 2021, the Day Camp program will prepare for two distinct versions of summer: one for virtual camps, and one for in-person camps. The job description that follows describes a position that would operate in both scenarios, and applicants should understand that each scenario is equally likely. In the event that the Day Camp program were to run in-person, this position would see an increase to full-time hours.

Description: The Seasonal Camps Coordinator provides day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the Day Camp program in partnership with the Camps & Aquatics Coordinator. The Seasonal Summer Camp Coordinator provides assistance with administration, customer service, and program development for the Day Camp program. This includes responding to inquiries from interested families, leading the development of Camp programs and curriculum, and providing leadership for Staff training.

Position Details

Starting wage: $22.00 / hour

Positions available: 1

Application deadline: March 25, 2021

Position start date: April 12, 2021

Camp type: virtual and in-person (this position's role will change depending on the camp program that is offered)

Term & hours / week

Spring/Summer

  • April 12 – Jun 18: 10 hrs / week
  • June 21 – Aug 27: 36 hrs / week
  • Opportunity for expanded hours in the event of transition from virtual to in-person programming

Position type:

  • Non-Career Boost

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education (completion or enrolment in a post-secondary program) in a related field or commensurate experience
  • Minimum 2 seasons of camp staff (or similar) experience, including 1+ seasons leading staff, children, and youth
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with campers, parents/guardians, and staff
  • Demonstration of strong leadership skills developed through progressively responsible experience in a supervisory role
  • Proven ability to work as a team member in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to encourage and motivate staff, and acknowledge and appreciate contributions
  • Desire and ability to provide leadership to children and youth in a day camp setting
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-starter and organizer
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR ‘C’ certification
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check

Role-Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist with coordination of daily external Day Camp communication (phone, email, etc.)
  • Lead the delivery of full Camp programs (including Opening and Closing Circle, lunch, snack)
  • Initiate regular communication with Camp families
  • Lead the development and delivery of staff training 
  • Develop and/or adapt activity lesson plans to be followed by Counsellors and other Camp staff
  • Maintain records of all programs, and provide Camps & Aquatics Coordinator with detailed report on programs at end of the season
  • Recruit, interview, and train summer camp volunteers
  • Provide formal and informal feedback to Day Camp staff and volunteers
  • Alongside the Camps & Aquatics Coordinator, interpret and apply relevant public health guidance for the safe operation of camp programs in response to COVID-19

General Responsibilities

  • Assist with input information into the CampBrain database
  • Ensure the confidentiality of all camper, family, and staff information in accordance with Ryerson’s Privacy Policy
  • Assist Camp & Aquatics Coordinator to oversee Day Camp and Ontario Camps Association standards within all areas of Camp operations
  • Ensure all Camp activities are proactive in supporting health and safety of campers and staff
  • Ensure risk management plans are in place
  • Set a positive example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, and attitude
  • Follow and enforce Day Camp rules as outlined in the Staff, Volunteer, and Camper Codes of Conduct
  • Assist in creating and maintaining a culture of inclusivity, belonging, pride and excellence in Athletics & Recreation facilities by providing excellent customer service to campers, families, and guests
  • All other duties as assigned or required

Applications for this position are accepted until Thursday, March 25th @ 11:30 p.m.