Camp Counsellors - Ten Oaks Project

Camp Counsellors

Camp Ten Oaks

Launched in 2004, Camp Ten Oaks is a one-week, sleep-away camp for children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ 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. Counsellors live in the cabins with their campers and are responsible for the health and wellbeing of the campers in their cabin group. In consultation with the Camp Director, the Assistant Director of Staff 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

  • Support healthy group development within cabin group through facilitation and role modelling of healthy living and relationship building behaviours
  • Live in cabin with campers, maintain awareness of campers’ whereabouts, and support campers to be where they need to be
  • Exercise level of supervision according to the needs of each age group and as outlined in the staff manual
  • 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 staff and campers

Skills & Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of children and youth from 2SLGBTQ+ 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 2019 to September 2019. On-site requirements at camp includes the Staff Orientation weekend (May 9-12, 2019) and two weeks of Camp Ten Oaks (July 26 – August 4, 2019 and August 23 – September 1st, 2019). 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.


Since 2018, we have moved from a volunteer staff team to hiring all roles as paid staff. This change comes from an effort to make it easier for CTO staff to join us for both weeks of camp; to take valuable time away from their lives and jobs to support our campers. Pay for this position is $450/week.

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.

how to apply

To apply for this position, please fill out this application form and send it along with your resume via email ( before 11:59PM on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019.

If you are a returning staff member, please submit a letter of intent outlining what role you are interesting in taking on, any opportunities for growth you see for camp from within your role, as well as any personal goals you may seek you explore or accomplish while at camp this summer.

Please also note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest.