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Position: Leader/Leader-in-Training
Organization: Country Fun Nature Camp
Location: Ottawa/Rockland, Ontario

Come volunteer at Country Fun Nature Camp at Tucker House! Country Fun is a unique environmental day camp for children ages 5-13 that focuses on nurturing children’s love for our environment and everyone in it, in an inclusive faith-based outdoor setting.

Why apply?

  • Great people. We're awesome. Our theme song literally says "Oh, we are from Tucker House and we are the best team..." and now is your chance to join that team! Seriously, we have an incredible time every year! You'll work with dedicated, caring people you'll be proud to call friends and colleagues.
  • Great training. Our volunteer staff receive excellent training on how to run high quality children's outdoor programming, including team-building, nature appreciation and environmental education, ecumenical (inclusive) Bible and faith studies, ages and stages of child development, and more.
  • Great place. Laugh, learn, and work with some amazing kids in a beautiful outdoor environment at a Georgian-style mansion. Hang out in the craft barn or loft on rainy days, explore the quarry and old growth forest, come dip-netting with us at the creek by the wetland, and have special presentations in the mansion. You'll love it!
  • Great experience. You'll build your skills in leadership, working with children, teambuilding, responsibility, and more... and you'll do so with the support of everyone on our team. Better yet, you'll do it while having a blast and helping kids and our environment.
  • Great mission. We work to help children - and you - grow in love for God, self, others, and our environment. What could be better than helping to develop self-esteem, friendship, and ecological stewardship while having fun this summer? We also grow together, and build lasting relationships and memories.

What's with the God stuff?

We're ecumenical – what we mean by that is that everyone is welcome, at any stage of their faith journey (even if you're not sure you're journeying in any faith). We teach interactive Bible stories each morning and learn what they tell us about caring for each other and the planet, share prayers with children who need them, and marvel at the miraculous world we live in. Our goals are to welcome, support, and share. We actively invite co-workers and campers who come from different Christian denominations, other faiths, or no faith backgrounds. If you want more information about the spiritual part, we're happy to talk to you!

Ready, Set, Apply!

We are looking for enthusiastic, positive, reliable youth and young adults to be Leaders and Leaders-in-Training. If you love working with kids, being outside, and have positive energy about caring for our planet and all people, we want to hear from you! Our intake continues into late spring and early summer. Applicants selected for interviews will be notified in early June.

Volunteers must commit to being present at mandatory training week July 3 - 8th; it starts on Monday morning for several days in Ottawa, and then includes two overnight stays on-site in Rockland, leaving Saturday after lunch.

Our day camp runs Monday-Friday, 9 am - 4 pm.
Week 1: July 10 - 14th
Week 2: July 17 - 21st
We prioritize Leaders and LITs who can be present for all camp days, but if you can only come for part, just let us know when you apply.

Leaders and LITs need to be at the bus pick up points in advance - we offer a free camp bus each day, leaving from Bethany Baptist/Nepean, Parkdale, St. Laurent Mall, and Place D'Orleans. We'll confirm pick up times and bus duties in advance. Rockland-area staff must be on-site by 8:45 am and stay until children are picked up.

You will need a Police Records Check for working with vulnerable populations before you can work with us or any children's program or camp. Why? Because you will be working with children, in a position of trust. Police records checks are part of our process, and are also the law.

Most of our positions are for volunteers only. Returning or experienced Leaders may be eligible for a weekly stipend; limited paid positions may be available and are dependent upon qualifications. See our website at for current job postings.

We are looking for dynamic team members for the following positions:

Our lifeguard will ensure safe, happy swim time in our in-ground pool and assist with other camp activities.
This is a volunteer position, with priority honorarium or stipend (some payment possible)
- must have current lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR C certification
- must have good rapport with kids and good references
- must have or obtain a police record check
- must be confident in maintaining discipline and safety in pool and on pool deck for children and youth

Our Leaders are responsible for leading a camper group in daily activities such as arts and crafts, sports, outdoor eco-games, songs, and creative (fun!) Bible studies that emphasize respect and care for our environment and everyone in it.
These are volunteer positions, eligible for high school community hours OR an honorarium based on experience, leadership, and performance.
We're looking for great leadership qualities:
- must be reliable, responsible, and enthusiastic,
- must love outdoor activity, nature, and working with children
- must be a good team player, caring and inclusive
- must be comfortable leading inclusive faith-based activities
- must be a good role model for children and youth and supervise and mentor Leaders-in-Training
- must have or obtain a police record check (we can provide a volunteer letter, but you'll have to pay to get it on time)

Our Leaders-in-Training assist Leaders with animating activities for groups of campers. They also assist with snack time (preparation and clean-up), craft time, and special activities, and lead rainy-day games.
Junior LITs gain experience in working with children and are a valuable part of our team. They receive volunteer high school community hours. Senior or returning LITs may be eligible for an honorarium.
- must be enthusiastic and ready to demonstrate responsibility
- must be keen to help with a variety of tasks, love kids, and love nature

Support staff
Our support volunteers help make sure all campers feel welcomed, set out our tasty snacks, and are extra eyes and hands to supervise and assist with arts and crafts, eco-games, clean-up, pool time, etc. They are volunteer positions with possibility of honorarium). If you like to help with the behind-the-scenes work, but still want to be part of the camp family and fun, this is for you!
- must be responsible and reliable
- must be enthusiastic to help with tasks that make camp a success
- must have or obtain a police record check (volunteer letter available, but you'll have to pay to get it in time)

Okay, so where do I apply?

Apply and get more info on our volunteer form: If you want more info, you can contact us at countryfunnaturecamp mask*, or call this year's director, Charlotte Scromeda, at 902-240-7819.

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GoodWork ID: 40177       Date posted to May 4 2017