The experience of working at camp is an all-encompassing one, no matter what role you play. Staff and campers work together to create a community at camp, and we use our expertise to connect you with a camp in which you can contribute fully whilst also making great friends and providing campers with the best summer that they can have! As an international staff member, you have the potential to inform campers about a world outside of their own which is such a significant learning in the development of conscious, compassionate citizens of the world.
At NYQUEST Camp Canada, we aim to find you a placement that matches your skill set, needs and preferences. Roles vary from camp to camp, and you will have the opportunity to review the placement (and in many cases, interview with the camp director) before the placement is finalized.
CAMP COUNSELLOR / ACTIVITY SPECIALIST
Camp Counsellors and Activity Specialists work and usually live directly with children between the ages of six and sixteen. Campers experience a full schedule of activities during the day and sleep in cabins or tents at night (the exception to this is day camps, where the children leave at the end of each day).
· General Counsellors
General Counsellors wear many hats, and if you are interested in this type of role, you will be responsible for…
- The daily routine! Depending on the age and abilities of your campers, this can mean many things – be prepared to lead by example.
- Connecting with your campers in order to understand the type of leadership and care they need to thrive at camp – this means learning their interests, fears and particular motivations.
- Encouraging and supporting your campers through difficult experiences as well as championing their successes.
- Recognizing positive and negative group dynamics and responding to teachable moments in which all campers can engage.
- Wrangle, lead and inspire groups of children from different walks of life.
- Connect with a team mentality and work well with others.
- Recognize when help is needed, and be open to learning from those around you.
- Understand the dynamics of being a good role model.
· Activity Specialists
Activity Specialists work in particular program areas and supervise all campers through a safe experience. You should be able to do the following:
- Teach campers of all ages and abilities within your particular program area, and figure out how to engage fully with the spectrum of interest and skill – campers, just like us, have their likes and dislikes and you should be able to think innovatively about how to draw all campers in.
- Understand how different campers require different support through their own experience at your activity, and be creative in problem solving to allow for group success.
- Recognizing opportunities in which you can facilitate a learning experience, a confidence boost or a spark of independence!
- Being willing to act as a general counsellor when needed.
- Supervising 1-3 young children (ages 1-6 years old).
- Planning and leading daily activities on camp.
- Dressing the children.
- Putting the children down for naps and bedtime.
- Bathing the children.
- Changing diapers.
· Office / Tuck Staff
- Answering phone calls and talking to parents.
- Logistics (organizing arrival/departure of campers).
- General administrative duties.
- Data input.
- Running the camp store/tuck shop.
NYQUEST is a great organisation. I applied to their program in the fall 2013 and got accepted before 2014. The support I recieved all through the process was second to none. If I had a question of whatever nature it was answered by NYQUEST in less than 24 hours. From the first day of applying, to getting through the Canadian VISA process, to having the pre-camp training I just kept thinking the same thing; wow, these guys know what they’re doing. NYQUEST trained me, helped me start my life in Canada (bank account, insurance etc) and they had my back the whole season (and still do). I really do believe that the work NYQUEST does, benefits more than one realizes and it has a very positive spin off effect on the whole society. If you’re thinking about going to camp and Canada with NYQUEST – do it!
Support Staff are essential to the smooth running of a camp. They work behind the scenes to ensure that camp is a well-maintained, well-fed operation! Support staff usually stay in cabins with other support staff, not with campers. They should have the ability to:
- Speak English at a good level – you will likely have co-workers of different nationalities as well as an English-speaking supervisor, so being able to communicate with each other is vital.
- Work long hours (10hrs/day) in a physically-demanding role.
- Work well as part of a team, and do what needs to get done on a daily basis to keep camp in prime operation.
· Kitchen Staff
- Washing dishes, glasses and silverware by hand or machine.
- Sweeping and mopping kitchen and dining room.
- Taking out trash cans.
- Cutting, peeling, and washing vegetables.
- Washing pots and pans.
- Setting tables in dining room.
- Helping unload supply truck and putting supplies away.
- Adhering to all province-mandated health codes and regulations.
· Maintenance Staff
- Sweeping, mopping and cleaning cabins between sessions.
- Cleaning bathrooms, showers and other camp buildings.
- Painting and repairing camp buildings or camp property.
- Doing the camp laundry and make beds.
- Helping maintain camp vehicles and other motorized equipment.
- Servicing camp boats and other camp supplies.
- Moving heavy camp equipment.
- Cutting grass and general grounds upkeep.
Alternative Roles, depending on experience…