A job at a summer camp is one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have: teaching social, creative, physical and living skills to children; facilitating their learning and development while fostering positive change; educating them to think about and value their surroundings; and growing yourself both personally and professionally.
- A JOB EXPERIENCE
Working with people, which will provide both fun and challenge. Getting paid for your hard work and effort. Being supervised and evaluated while learning how to supervise children, which will help you in mastering your own social and working skills.
- BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN YOU
Honing your problem-solving, listening and communication skills. Helping children develop will provide you with a level of satisfaction that will stay with you for years to come. In helping campers grow and change, you will learn while doing. You will uncover communication and co-operative skills that you may never have known you had!
- PRE-CAMP TRAINING
A five-day period of orientation and training, where staff members learn about the camp as a whole along with the particulars of their jobs and responsibilities. The staff also participates in workshops, learning how to effectively nurture and guide children, run successful programs and deal with behavioural issues. Pre-camp also serves as a time for activity staff to set up their specific areas and lay the foundation for an enjoyable and successful working relationship.
- GUIDANCE FROM EXPERIENCED CAMP STAFF
Tamarack’s older, more seasoned staff will share their knowledge with you and enable you to benefit from their experience. This learning will happen both in formal evaluations from your supervisor, and by your approaching and engaging in conversation with Tamarack experts/veterans.
Approximately half-way through camp, and once again at the end of camp, each staff will receive a formal evaluation from his/her supervisor. Verbal evaluations through the summer will occur on a regular basis both to recognize your positive efforts and help you to stay on top of your game! Evaluations containing positives and constructive criticism will help you become the best staff that you can be.
- ACCOMODATIONS AND FOOD
Tasty, nutritious food (with lots of alternatives!) and a comfortable place to sleep are provided to all of our staff.
Staff buses from Toronto are provided by the camp along with a return trip at the end of the season. Transportation to and from the Toronto depot is the responsibility of the staff. Staff returning to Toronto on camper buses, as “bus counsellors”, will be responsible for supervising campers during and for a short time after the trip.
- DAYS OFF
There are six days off during the 7-week camp period. They are approxiamately twenty-three and a half hours long. Days off are a chance to relax, spend the day away from camp in the company of old and new friends, and return to camp revitalized and rejuvenated! Staff will often stay at cottages, hotels, or return to the city, but are also more than welcome to stay at camp during these days.
- STAFF RECREATION
The evenings are your opportunity to hang out, socialize or simply unwind after the day. If you love to plan and organize, you can join our staff recreation committee. We usually have 4 or 5 evenings a week for movies, coffee houses, dances, banquets, games nights, entertainers, town nights, speakers and more. We also provide a delicious staff snack each evening.
- NEW FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
At Camp Tamarack, we hire our staff from places across Canada and throughout the world. After the summer, it’s a bonus to have friends around the globe to visit and stay with!