Camp Counsellors - Ten Oaks

Camp Counsellors

Camp Ten Oaks

Launched in 2004, Camp Ten Oaks is a one-week, sleep-away camp for children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities ages 8-17. Camp Ten Oaks is the first and only summer camp of its kind in Canada, and is a program of the Ten Oaks Project. Our programming variety allows campers to receive instruction, strengthen old skills and develop new ones with the option to participate in outdoor adventure, waterfront, arts, social justice activities, and sports.

Camp Ten Oaks works from a camper-centered, anti-oppressive, and anti-racist framework. Camp Ten Oaks strives to offer an environment as diverse as the campers who enjoy our camp programming.

Camp Counsellors

Camp Counsellors are the core of Camp Ten Oaks. Working with co-counsellors, they participate with campers in a variety of daily activities as catalysts, leaders, helpers, guides, listeners and, above all, role models. They are responsible for the health and wellbeing of the campers in their cabin group. In consultation with the Camp Director, the Assistant Director of Volunteers will assign counsellors to work with one of the four cabin groups: JACs (8-9 year-olds), MACs (10-11 year-olds), IACS (12-13 year-olds) or SACs (14-15 year-olds).

Role and responsibilities

  • Lead or assist in activities that match their skills during the day and in evening programs, campfires, theme days and other special events and program activities.
  • Pre-camp, counsellors must participate in a volunteer orientation weekend and work in conjunction with the Camp Director and Assistant Directors to develop their core programming plans
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all volunteers and campers

Skills & Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of children and youth from LGBTQ+ identities, families, and communities
  • Demonstrated understanding of anti-racism and anti-oppressive practice
  • Completion of a police record check for the vulnerable sector

Time Commitment

The time commitment is May 2017 to September 2017. On-site requirements at the campsite (in Parham, Ontario) include the Volunteer Orientation weekend (May 12-14, 2017) and week of Camp Ten Oaks (July 28 – August 6, 2017). Off-site requirements being available on a volunteer basis from May to September of the camping season to carry out the duties of the position.


Volunteers at Camp Ten Oaks are offered honoraria for their hard work and dedication. Honoraria are offered on a tiered scale and each member of the volunteer team is guaranteed an honorarium of $300. For more information on how the honoraria work, please follow this link.

commitment to equity

In keeping with the Ten Oaks Project’s commitment to equity, applicants are strongly encouraged to self-identify in their applications. Applicants are encouraged to share accessibility needs in the application process, and every attempt will be made to accommodate them.

selection process

Applicants will be selected based on experience, skills, and demonstrated commitments aligned with the goals of Camp Ten Oaks.