SUMMER EMPLOYMENT: Lead Wilderness Counsellor


You thrive in the wilderness. Your experience with wilderness tripping has given you skills that allow you to lead multi-day experiences. You are looking for a challenging role that will be extremely rewarding. You will lead and mentor youth from low-income families in a wilderness setting through a remarkable summer camp program.

If this sounds like you, consider an opportunity as a Lead Wilderness Counsellor with the Tim Horton Children’s Camp.

You are…

  • at least 18 years old
  • pursuing post-secondary education
  • experienced at working with youth aged 12 – 16
  • experienced at planning and leading wilderness backpacking/canoeing trips
  • strong at group facilitation and successfully adapt facilitation style based on individual or group needs
  • equipped with good judgment and decision making skills; you know when to bring in key team members as it relates to escalated concerns
  • fit to participate in multi-day wilderness backpacking/canoeing trips, and maintain energy and focus to support campers in physical and emotional obstacles
  • certified in Bronze Cross, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or are willing to obtain
  • bilingual in English and French is preferred
  • able to provide an acceptable criminal background check
  • able to join us between May 31, 2019 and August 30, 2019

Note: This opportunity is also available at our other camp locations. As part of your application for this posting, you have the opportunity to indicate your interest in other camp locations or positions.

The Tim Horton Camps …

  • believe that thriving youth create stronger communities
  • understand that youth from low-income homes face greater obstacles to reaching their potential
  • foster strengths within youth, and empowers them to pursue a life without limits
  • use the power of camp and community as a catalyst for change
  • provide our team with many training, development and travel opportunities


You will…

  • establish relationships with youth that reflect respect, trust and empathy
  • support the successful execution of multi-day wilderness trip experiences, connecting them back to the program outcomes
  • support the successful execution of trip logistics including , pack-out, pack-in, menu selection, and participate in equipment maintenance (repair and replacement) practices
  • encourage camper development at their own pace recognizing their achievements
  • respond appropriately when addressing challenging camper behaviours as they arise
  • model healthy choices and emotional maturity
  • identify, assess and appropriately manage risks and off-site crises in line with risk management standards
  • provide mentorship, knowledge and skill transfer to other staff
  • be challenged physically and mentally as you live in an overnight camp and wilderness setting for 10 day sessions, with 2 days of break in between
  • have the opportunity to experience personal growth alongside the campers you are supporting