Oak Tree Program Coordinators - Ten Oaks Project

Oak Tree Leadership Program Coordinators

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.

Oak Tree Leadership Program Coordinators

The Oak Tree Coordinators are responsible for the delivery of the Oak Tree Leadership Program for campers aged 16-17. The program has two streams, Oak Tree Branches and Oak Tree Roots. Two Oak Tree Coordinators will be responsible for each of the streams, but will work collaboratively with the other stream to plan and deliver the program.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Working together to deliver a leadership program focused on skill-building, personal growth, and community development
  • Managing the day-to-day schedule and responsibilities of Oak Tree campers
  • Working with staff and Oak Tree campers to understand the objectives and role of the program within the camp community
  • Ensuring the creation of a safe, growth-oriented and positive community conducive to the goals of the program and vision of the Ten Oaks Project
  • Providing Oak Tree campers with feedback (formal and informal) and coaching throughout their experience
  • Pre-camp, the Oak Tree Coordinators will work with the Assistant Director of Programming to finalize the leadership program schedule.
  • The Oak Tree Coordinators will also interview Oak Tree campers and determine what stream each camper participates in.

Skills and 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
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating the development of leadership skills as well as experience with program development
  • 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 camp@tenoaksproject.org.

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 on Sunday, March 27th, 2021.