Camp is not only a fun, uniquely Canadian employment experience. It’s an opportunity to meet people from all over the world; a chance to influence kids in a positive way; to contribute meaningfully to a new community; to challenge yourself and those around you. It’s also an amazing addition to your CV/resume and will give you a host of transferable skills in so many areas.
In trying to give you an idea of what life at camp is really like, we urge that you keep an open mind. NYQUEST works with reputable, accredited camps across Canada. Every camp has it’s own traditions, routines, policies and procedures and once you have that perfect placement, you’ll learn all you need to know.
The Work Day
Camps run on their own daily schedule, but the majority of camps divide their time between active programming (e.g. land sports, water-based activities) and creative programming (crafts, music, drama, dance) Click here to see a full list of activities. As well, many Canadian camps have wilderness or tripping programs which many campers participate in. Depending on your role at camp, you might be accompanying your group of campers around their daily activities or you might be leading different campers through one particular specialty area. Evenings are typically spent in all-camp activities or special cabin programming.
Your time off will depend on the camp you work at and the position you hold at camp. Most camps provide a 24-hour block of time off each week to every staff. Other camps provide multiple days off in a row every few weeks. This policy will be communicated to you upon hiring.
One thing is for sure – your work days at camp will look nothing like the grind back home!