Recreation Camp Recruitment

Camp Programs

The City of Markham offers full day and half day summer camps to approximately 9,500 children between the ages of 3 and 16 each year. Employment opportunities for youth are available in a diverse variety of camps, including but not limited to, sports (such as badminton, skateboarding, tennis, soccer, volleyball, golf, hockey), variety camps, dance, leadership (Counsellor In Training), Eco Camp @ Chimo, drama, preschool half day camps, chess, science, magic, computers, animation, rocketry and many more.

Camp Staff

Camp staff are chosen for their enthusiasm and interest in children, creativity and leadership skills, and their ability to meet the below core competencies. All camp staff will need to be able to demonstrate good judgement and strong attention to safety. Recreation camp staff must be qualified in Standard First Aid, CPR Level ‘C’ (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), and HIGH FIVE, and depending upon the camp position, previous camp related experience and/or leadership skills. Camp Counsellors must be a minimum of 16 years of age and volunteers a minimum of 14 years.

Core Competencies of Camp Staff

We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate the following key skills (or core competencies):

  • Leadership: the ability to influence and motivate others while maintaining an overall commitment to excellence
  • Safety & Risk Management: the mindset of actively anticipating and mitigating all aspects of risk
  • Teambuilding: the ability to foster a strong team environment within the camp
  • Judgment: the capacity to assess situations, draw appropriate conclusions and make sound decisions
  • Customer Service: the ability to focus individual and group efforts toward identifying and meeting community needs
  • Organization: the capability to plan and implement complex programs
  • Problem Solving: the ability to effectively manage and resolve day-to-day issues as they arise

Certification Requirements

Camp staff must have the following certifications by May 30, 2016:

  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C
    The City of Markham offers The Lifesaving Society – Standard First Aid with CPR Level C courses at the local community centres. For City of Markham course offerings please see the Aquatics Leadership Guide.

    Other organizations that provide this training: St. John Ambulance and Red Cross. Please visit their websites for the date, times and locations of the training.

  • HIGH FIVE® Healthy Child Development
    The City of Markham provides a one day Principles of Healthy Child Development (PHCD) course for candidates looking to obtain certification in HIGH FIVE® Healthy Child Development. HIGH FIVE® courses are offered at the City of Markham and various other municipalities and locations. Visit Programs for more information.

    Visit HIGH FIVE website view available courses in other municipalities.

    For registration, please visit the EZ REG link at https://econnect.markham.ca/Start/Start.asp

Camp Positions

The City of Markham provides a variety of employment opportunities to students on a temporary basis to fill various camp positions. Brief descriptions of the different kinds of camp positions are outlined below. All positions except for Camp Directors require the successful candidate to be a student. To be eligible as student you must be in school full time prior to the summer employment term and returning to school full time in September.

  • Camp Director
    The Camp Director manages the City of Markham Summer Day Camps within a designated recreation area and has oversight responsibilities for program planning, program delivery and administration. The Camp Director also oversees up to approximately 350 campers ranging from 3 to 16 years of age, while supervising and coaching 40 to 50 staff including supervisors, counsellors, specialists, junior counsellors and volunteers.
  • Camp Inclusion Director
    The Camp Inclusion Director manages all program planning, program delivery and administration for the special needs services within the City of Markham’s Summer Day Camps and oversees approximately 60 to 100 campers with special needs ranging primarily from 3 to 16 years of age, while supervising and coaching 15 to 20 staff including inclusion supervisors and inclusion counsellors. The Camp Inclusion Director also provides support to staff in day camps via Integration services.
  • Camp Supervisor
    The Camp Supervisor manages one of the City of Markham’s Summer and Holiday Day Camps with responsibilities including program planning, program delivery and administration. The Camp Supervisor oversees up to 120 campers ranging from 3 to 12 years of age, while supervising and coaching up to 15 staff including counsellors, specialists, junior counsellors and volunteers.
  • Camp Inclusion Supervisor
    The Camp Inclusion Supervisor manages program delivery and administration for the special needs services within the City of Markham’s Summer Day Camps. The Camp Inclusion Supervisor oversees up to 60 campers with special needs ranging primarily from 3 to 16 years of age, while supervising and coaching up to 25 staff. The Supervisor also provides support to staff in day camps via Integration services.
  • Camp Specialist
    The Camp Specialist manages a group of campers in one of the City of Markham’s Summer Camps with responsibilities including program planning, program delivery and administration. The program planning has a focus on either canoeing or high/low ropes. The Camp Specialist supervises a group of 6 to 10 campers (pre-schoolers, children or youth) and coaches and mentors junior counsellors and volunteers.
  • Camp Counsellor
    The Camp Counsellor manages a group of campers in one of the City of Markham’s Summer and Holiday Day Camps with responsibilities including program planning, program delivery and administration. The Camp Counsellor supervises a group of 6 to 10 campers (pre-schoolers, children or youth) and coaches and mentors junior counsellors and volunteers.
  • Camp Inclusion Counsellor
    The Camp Inclusion Counsellor supports a camper that may be a pre-schooler, child or youth with special needs in a City of Markham Summer Day Camp. Responsibilities include inclusive program planning, delivery and administration. The Camp Inclusion Counsellor primarily supports campers on a one-on-one basis and also provides support to camp counsellors, junior counsellors and volunteers.

Recreation Camp Recruitment & Training Schedule

Position
Posting Period
Interviews
Job Offers
Training/Orientation**
Camp Director and Camp Inclusion Director
Late October to early November
Completed December
January
February/March, May and June (various dates)
Camp Supervisor and Camp Inclusion Supervisor
Early November to Early December
Completed January
Completed by February
February/March, May and June (various dates)
Camp Counsellor and Camp Inclusion Counsellor Mid December to mid February
March
Late April
Last week of June Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4 PM, plus additional training in the evenings and/or weekends in June.
Camp Counsellor and Camp Inclusion Counsellor (Re-posted for additional Counsellors if needed)
Early April to early May
End of May
June
Last week of June Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4 PM, plus additional training in the evenings and/or weekends in June.
Camp Specialist
Mid December to mid February
March
Late April
Last week of June Monday to Friday 9 AM to 4 PM, plus additional training in the evenings and/or weekends in June.
*Previous City of Markham Camp Employees from previous summer - Application for Camp Specialist, Camp Counsellor, Camp Inclusion Counsellor
Mid December to late January
February
Late April
Last week of June Monday Friday 9 AM to 4 PM, plus additional training in the evenings and/or weekends in June.

Please note that only previous year camp employees who are applying for the same position should submit as a previous City Camp employee. For example, a 2014 Camp Counsellor who is re-applying for a 2015 Camp Counsellor position would apply as a previous Markham Camp employee however if applying for a Camp Supervisor, he/she should submit their application to the Camp Supervisor posting.

**Attendance is mandatory at all camp orientations and training.