Care Bears - Ten Oaks Project

Care Bears

Camp Ten Oaks

Launched in 2004, Camp Ten Oaks is a one-week, sleep-away camp for children and youth from 2SLGBTQIA+ identities, families, and communities ages 8-17. Camp Ten Oaks was the first summer camp of its kind in Canada, and is a program of the Ten Oaks Project that has grown to two separate weeks of programming in two different camp sites. Rooted in play and grounded in social justice, our fun and affirming camp utilises intentional magic to build community, facilitate accountable environments, and create possibility models of the world we want to live in. 

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

Care Bears

The Care Bears are responsible for supporting counsellors in meeting the needs of their campers.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Support the staff team in working with campers with who need extra support around behavioural and/or emotional needs and ensuring that individual protocols are followed
  • Ensure that identified needs of campers are being addressed
  • Be available during call-in hours to liaise with parents and/or guardians
  • Provide support and guidance to camp volunteers in the event of camper disclosures or crises
  • Assist the ADs of Healthcare and Wellness and Staff as appropriate in providing camper care from an anti-oppressive framework
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all staff and campers


  • Work with the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness to develop the individual camper protocols and perform calls to camp families


  • Support in crisis management
  • Provide support and guidance to the staff team in the event of camper disclosures or crises
  • Support the creation and implementation of safety plans for campers


  • Debrief with Camp Director

Skills and Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding of the needs of children and youth from 2SLGBTQIA+ identities, families, and communities
  • Demonstrated understanding of anti-racism and anti-oppressive practice
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and provide guidance to counsellors
  • Experience as a practitioner or advanced level student in the mental health field
  • Completion of a police record check for the vulnerable sector check. Record checks are confidential to the Camp Director, and checks with incidents on them are reviewed in collaboration with the Executive Director to determine appropriateness for camp using a social justice lens.

Time Commitment

The time commitment is from May to September. On-site requirements at camp includes the Staff Orientation weekend from May 11 – 14, CTO East camp week from July 28 – August 6, and CTO West camp week from August 23 – September 1. Virtual training sessions will also be required. 


In 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. The in-person staff orientation is considered as one week of work, as are each week of camp. Returning staff who attended CTO in 2022 are offered an additional $50/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 by submitting a letter of intent outlining what role you are interested in taking on, any opportunities for growth you see for camp from within your role, as well as any personal goals you may seek to explore or accomplish while at camp this summer. 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 complete the application form found here.

Applications for this position are open until 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 26th, 2023.

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