Head Counsellor
D-Camps West
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About the Role:
Working with the Camp Director, the Head Counselor will provide leadership, guidance and supervision to counseling staff and campers contributing towards the provision of a positive camp experience for both campers and staff at all our Western D-Camps program. The Head Counselor will also play a critical role in developing and leading staff training. The Head Counselor will act as a positive role model for all campers, LDP, program and counseling staff and will develop and maintain a professional working relationship with campers, parents, staff, health professionals, alumni, volunteers, supporters, visitors and any other stakeholders.
The Head Counsellor position is a seasonal contract that starts the beginning of May and ends at the end of August. During camp preparation season (June) the individual will work full time office hours with some possible evenings and weekends. During camp season (July and August) the individual will be present at all West D-Camps, all travel and accommodation will be provided.
  • Working as an integral member of the Leadership Team.
  • Assisting in the recruitment and hiring of the summer camp Counselors
  • Attending Resource Team training.
  • Designing and implementing counselor training sessions during staff training, in collaboration with the Camp Director.
  • Equipping counselors with the necessary skills to facilitate a safe and enjoyable cabin/camp experience.
  • Providing counselors with age appropriate, practical and effective counseling techniques.  This should include, but is not exclusive to; trouble shooting, cabin leadership, camper conflicts, behavior management, dealing with discipline, role modeling, team building, and establishing positive cabin dynamics and promoting self-esteem/awareness.
  • Supervising and instructing counseling staff daily (in private and/or group meetings), for actions that put the health and safety of a camper or group of campers at risk.  Report problems to the Camp Director as appropriate.
  • Aiding counselors in defining and promoting the goals and objectives of the specific D-Camp program.
  • Communicating with all counseling staff prior to camp to ensure that they are supported and well prepared.
  • Supporting staff following training to address any questions counselor may have from training.
  • Serving as a resource person and role model for campers and counselors.
  • Working closely with the counseling staff to identify and meet camper needs, recognizing and responding appropriately to opportunities for problem solving.
  • Acting as a liaison between counselors, campers and other staff persons, promoting two-way communications and the sharing of information.
  • Aiding in positive professional development of each counselor through frequent, informal, individual and group discussions, based on observation and appropriate communication.
  • Assessing the health and safety conditions in the cabin, its campers and staff, continuously, reporting any issues to the Camp Director as necessary.
  • Being knowledgeable and aware of the diabetes management, health, eating habits and meal plans of staff and campers.
  • Helping with the administration of all camp manual, camper files and staff files to ensure risk are managed appropriately for each camp.
  • Acting as a stand-in counselor as needed in the event of sickness or staff shortage.
  • Ensuring campers, staff, and volunteers comply with all rules and regulations.
  • Maintaining a positive, professional and constructive relationship with all campers and staff members.
  • Organizing travel arrangement necessary to accommodate all Western D-Camps programs in adhering to all Diabetes Canada Travel Policies.
  • Evaluating counselors on a formative basis offering constant feedback during the program and provide a written evaluation to each participant by the end of the camp.
  • Providing a written report to Camp Director that will evaluate and make recommendations for all counseling staff for long term development plans and future employment opportunities.
  • Any other tasks assign by the Camp Director(s).
About You: 
  • 2 – 3 years of summer or day camp experience.
  • 2 years minimum experience in supervision of staff and team leading.
  • 3 years minimum experience working with children and youth in camp counselor role.
  • Knowledge of diabetes management in children and youth.
  • Experience in training and mentoring staff and volunteers.
  • Must be able to work responsibly and independently.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Good written and verbal communication.
  • Good leadership, interpersonal communication and supervisory skills.
  • Must have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level C certification.
  • Preference given to individuals with valid driver’s license.
  • Mental Health First Aid Training an asset.
How To Apply
To read more about the role and apply please visit: https://can61.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/diabetescanada/Site/DCAMP