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Position: Summer Staff at Special Needs Camp
Type: summer jobs 2020
Organization: Camp Kirk
Location: Greater Toronto Area, Ontario
Note: Room and Board is provided over and above the salary


Camp Kirk is an overnight camp for children who have Learning Disabilities, ADHD and/or high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. We strive to build resiliency and strong mental health in our campers by providing a supportive, nurturing and non-competitive environment. Through a positive social experience, we aim to raise self-esteem and develop a sense of belonging.

Camp Kirk staff work as a team to ensure the physical and emotional safety of the campers. The staff sets the tone of the camp and sends the message to the children that they are in a supportive environment where they are free to be themselves and take risks. These are no small tasks that the staff achieve each summer, and working at Camp Kirk may be challenging at time. However, we strive to provide our staff with the support and guidance they need to feel confident and empowered to support the needs of our campers. For this reason, there is no doubt that a summer at Camp Kirk can be an extremely rewarding experience.

The first 10 days of the contract are dedicated to staff training. During this period the staff will receive training in crisis prevention and intervention, behaviour management, empathy, trauma-informed care, and various training on the exceptional needs of our campers.


Cabin Counsellor

Counsellors are responsible for the emotional and physical wellbeing of the 6 campers that are in their care. In tandem with a co-counsellor, individuals hired for this position are expected to create a nurturing and supportive environment that meets the specialized needs of individual children, as well as groups of campers.

Program Staff

An individual hired as a program staff will be responsible for all aspects of their assigned program area. This involved planning, set-up, facilitation and general ownership overall program elements. In addition to their program area, program staff are involved in the planning and facilitation of all-camp evening activities. Lastly, program staff are assigned to provide support to either individual campers, or groups of campers as required.

We are hiring for the following program staff positions:

  • High-Ropes & Rockwall Instructors
  • Head Life-Guard and Swimming Instructor
  • Wilderness Canoe Trip Leader
  • S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Instructor
  • Sports and Athletics Instructor
  • Ecology Instructor
  • Performing Arts (Dance, Theatre) Instructor
  • Archery Instructor
  • Music Instructor

Support Staff

Quite often individual campers, or a cabin group as a whole, require extra support. This is where the role of support staff is important. Support staff are assigned to whatever area of camp that requires extra attention or time. In addition to providing support to campers, support staff are expected to participate and contribute to the planning and facilitation of the overall camp routine, programming and camp life.


The dates of employment run from June 11th until August 25th. All staff members reside at camp and Room and Board is provided over and above the salary.

The compensation for first-year staff is $3335*

*$2635 summer salary + $700 conditional compensation [$200 for submitting contract documents on time, $500 for completing summer season]


  • 19 years of age by June 2020
  • Strong facilitation and organizational skills
  • Previous experience working with children
  • Previous experience working with individuals with exceptionalities is an asset
  • CPR and Standard First Aid certification
  • A current Criminal Record Check


Fill out a Staff Application on the Camp Kirk website or using the following link:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Dec 3 2019    ID: 55293