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.
The Director’s role is to uphold and implement the mission, vision and values of the Ten Oaks Project, as well as the policies and procedures relating to Camp Ten Oaks. The Director, while overseen by the Volunteer and Programs Manager and acting on the authority of the Board of Directors, is accountable for the safety, support and well-being of the camp community. The Camp Director has oversight of the program as a whole, with responsibilities to direct the Assistant Directors of Healthcare, Operations, Programming, and Volunteers.
Role and Responsibilities
This volunteer opportunity entails responsibilities including, but not limited to:
- Working with the Assistant Director of Volunteers to fill all camp volunteer positions
- Along with the rest of the Leadership Team, planning and facilitating the staff orientation weekend
- Working with the Assistant Director of Programming to develop the camp schedule and programming
- Overseeing the program budget and ensuring the grant deliverables are met
- Overseeing daily operations of camp in accordance with Ontario Camps Association standards
- Acting as a point of contact for parents/guardians during the camping session
- Working with the site maintenance staff as directed by the Volunteer and Programs Manager
- Providing overall program organization and leadership
- Overseeing the Assistant Directors’ supervision of volunteers
- Support the Assistant Directors in conducting evaluations of all camp volunteers
- Editing the Camper Development Forms
- Compiling an end of year report and contributing information to grant reports
- Follow-up with camper families and volunteers as necessary
skills and 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
- Five years of experience in administration and leadership in an organized camp or related field
- Demonstrated superior management skills
- Standard First Aid & CPR C
- Completion of a police record check for the vulnerable sector
The time commitment is January 2017 to December 2017. On-site requirements at the campsite (in Parham, Ontario) include the Volunteer Orientation weekend (May 13-14, 2017) and week of Camp Ten Oaks (July 29 – August 6, 2017). Off-site requirements include volunteer selection and program planning (January-July, 2017) volunteer evaluations and de-briefs (August-September, 2017), and the completion of the end of year report (December, 2017).
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 Leadership Team (including the Camp Director) is guaranteed an honoraria of up to $2500. 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.
Applicants will be selected based on experience, skills, and demonstrated commitments aligned with the goals of Camp Ten Oaks.