Day Camp Kinder Counsellor
YMCA Greater Toronto
8d ago

Why Work for the Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees.

The YMCA provides almost 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.

The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature and scope

YMCA Camping Services offer the highest quality Day Camp programs for more than 9000 children and youth in 55 locations across the Greater Toronto Area.

YMCA Summer Day Camps offer numerous programs for 4-16 year olds that are safe, engaging, fun and contributing to the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s vision : Our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.

Day Camp Kinder Counselors are responsible for ensuring the successful day-to-day implementation of the kinder camp program ensuring that our youngest campers have a safe and positive camp experience.

Kinder Counselors will plan and deliver hands on, developmentally appropriate programming for our 4 and 5 year old campers, including weekly visits to splash pads / and outdoor water play.


Program planning; ensures daily & weekly YMCA camp program plans are filled out properly and approved by program head ensuring programs are in line with and meeting the objectives of the day camp program modules

Program delivery; ensures program plans are being followed, adequate program supplies are available and campers are having a fun, safe, and engaging high quality camp experience

Program participation; participates enthusiastically in all camp programs with campers, including recreational swim times and theme days

Camper supervision; ensures campers are being safely supervised and supported at all times during their day camp experience, and providing opportunities for all campers to experience success

Responsible for attending all staff trainings and meetings; showing up on time, and actively participating contributing to the development of all staff members

Ensures Health & Safety procedures are being followed and maintained; and shares with the staff team the duties of ensuring the camp site is clean, organized and safe

Ensure administrative tasks are completed accurately and on-time including program plans, parent communication logs and weekly camper certificates

Acts as a positive role model for children, youth and fellow staff through embodying the values of the YMCA, following all YMCA day camp guidelines, YMCA policies and procedures, OCA standards, High 5 Standards

Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.

Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.

Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.

Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum age 17 by December 31st
  • Experience working with children aged 4-5 years
  • Early Childhood Education diploma or degree (or currently enrolled in) preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-
  • visible dimensions of diversity

  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR-C that is valid until at least the last day of your contract
  • Must be certified in High Five ® Principals of Healthy Childhood Development by June 15
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