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30 Nov 2021

Seasonal Winter Break Day Camp Program Support Counsellor

YMCA of Niagara – Posted by yjobs St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Winter Break Day Camp Program Support Counsellor

 Positions available in YMCA Day Camp at sites in St. Catharines, Grimsby, Welland, Port Colborne and Niagara Falls

Day Camp is running December 29 to 31, 2021 in select locations, and January 3 to 7, 2022 at expanded locations across Niagara

Rate: $14.35/hr

Seasonal contract position – 25 to 40 hours per week (part time training hours the week of December 13, 2021)

Hours of work are primarily Monday to Friday daytime, with some evenings and weekends required

 Program Support Counsellors are responsible for working with a variety of campers with special needs, physical or behavioural challenges, or medical considerations in YMCA Day Camps. Program Support Counsellors provide the necessary support to their camper for them to be successfully integrated into the camp program.  Program Support Counsellors work alongside their peers to provide a safe and high quality camp experience.


  • Experience working with children and/or youth with specific needs
  • Applicants must be 17 years of age or older
  • Values driven individuals who make excellent role models for children and youth
  • Experience working in day or residential camp is an asset
  • Energy, enthusiasm and flexibility
  • CPI (Crisis Prevention) Training is an asset
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C
  • A clear and satisfactory criminal reference check inclusive of the vulnerable sector search (CRC VSS) issued for the YMCA of Niagara
  • Successful applicants will be required to adhere to the YMCA of Niagara COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
  • The ability to participate in physical activity and work in an outdoor environment in various weather conditions
  • Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license is required


  • Ensure YMCA Day Camp is an inclusive camp experience and to implement strategies to achieve this goal
  • Plan and deliver programs for Day Camp participants following YMCA objectives
  • Support campers with behavioural, physical, or developmental challenge
  • Assist with program implementation and adaptation of activities to meet the needs of all campers in the group
  • Read, understand and apply information from camper profile
  • Make quick decisions to ensure maximum participant integration and safety
  • Understand and commit to confidentiality
  • Greet parents/guardians each morning when they drop off children and in the evening at pick up
  • Support and work as part of a staff/volunteer team by remaining flexible (willing to learn new skills, alter skills)
  • Responsible for the safety and security of staff and participants
  • Respond to first aid and emergency situations as required and check for the potential health and safety hazards at all times when on duty and complete incident reports when necessary
  • Embrace diversity and inclusion of all individuals.
  • Follow CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention guidelines (when certified)
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply

All applicants are invited to apply online by December 10, 2021 by visiting This posting will remain open until all positions have been filled. Only those applicants being considered for an interview will be contacted. Accessibility accommodations and materials in alternate formats for individuals with disabilities can be arranged upon request.  If you require additional information or have any questions about the hiring process, please email or call 905-934-9755 ext. 280.

Job Categories: Art/Culture/Recreation/Sport. Job Types: Seasonal. Salaries: $14.35/ Hour.

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