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 from May to September. On-site requirements at camp include the Staff Orientation weekend from May 13th – 15th, CTO East (Kingston, ON) July 29th – Aug 7th, and CTO West (London, ON) Aug 23rd – 30th. Off-site requirements include paid virtual training sessions, volunteer evaluations, and de-briefs (September- October).


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 $500/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.

All returning staff are asked to reapply every year regardless of their previous roles at camp. We do this to ensure our commitment to disrupting historical patterns of power in the camping industry. Any new staff interested in learning about any roles are encouraged to reach out to the Programs Manager for more information at

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 submit your resume along with the application found here.

Applications for this position are open until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 27th, 2021.