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Staff-in-Training (SIT)

You’ve been to many camps and now are interested in trying out your own leadership abilities. Making the move from camper to staff is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences imaginable. The program will involve leadership and skill development. SITs will spend time learning about and experiencing all aspects of HSR’s operations and programs while being supported by camp staff. Communication skills, teaching and learning styles, tips and techniques for leading sessions, and managing behaviour are a few of the skills that will be learned in both formal and informal settings. Many SIT apply to become staff members the following summer. This is a volunteer position for the full summer. You must be or become a member of Scouts Canada and will need Standard First Aid with CPR-C and a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by the start of the summer. All SIT must:

  • be 15 years of age in 2019.
  • be, or become a member of Scouts Canada.
  • meet the screening requirements of Scouts Canada, including completion of training before June 1, 2019.
  • have valid Standard First Aid with CPR certification by June 22, 2019.
  • have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by June 22, 2019.

Paid Staff

Working at a residential semi-wilderness camp is a physically and mentally demanding job that requires maturity and emotional stability. Age (at least 16 years of age) is only one factor that assists in determining the maturity of staff. Previous work experience as a camper or working at the Haliburton Scout Reserve or other similar camp is not required or mandatory for any position, but most certainly an asset. All our staff must have attitude, skills and knowledge about working with members of Scouts Canada to be considered for a position. All staff must:

  • be, or become a member of Scouts Canada.
  • meet the screening requirements of Scouts Canada, including completion of training before June 1, 2019.
  • have a clear police record check with vulnerable sector screening if 18 years of age or older.
  • have valid Standard First Aid with CPR certification by June 22, 2019.
  • have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by June 22, 2019.

Available Positions and Areas

Below are the brief descriptions for positions in each area. Job titles depend upon experience and camp needs and will be noted on contracts.

Program Staff are responsible for the supervision of a specific land or water activity and facilitate the safe delivery of their programs. They make recommendations on program lessons, assist other staff in the delivery of programs when needed, and ensure that their program area is run at a high standard of safety, engagement and quality. They provide instruction in the program area using a skills progression approach based on applicable Scouts Canada program and Outdoor Adventure Skills. These positions also assist with camp scheduling and other activities as required, such as: activity instruction, creative programming, transporting campers, equipment maintenance, groundskeeping and running other programs. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate.

  • Sailing, Paddle boarding, Canoeing, Kayaking and Swimming. Water activity staff must have a valid Lifeguard or Assistant Lifeguard certification (Lifesaving Society or Red Cross). ORCKA, Canoe Canada, Sail Canada and other certifications are an asset.
  • Archery, Survival Skills, Biking, Ecology, Trapping. Skills and knowledge or a keen interest is desirable. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.
  • Rifle Range. All rifle range staff must have a valid PAL license and range experience is an asset. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.
  • Rappelling, Climbing Wall, Low Ropes. This is a physical job and applicants must be comfortable with physical activity for extended periods of time. They ensure campers are wearing safety equipment properly. Ropes or Challenge Course certification is desirable. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.

Senior Program Staff are 18 years of age or older and have a solid practical background in their area that they wish to instruct. They are a vital and integral component to camp operation and impact the overall camp-atmosphere and camp life. They work directly with the staff assigned to their program to run a safe and fun activity and adventure. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. Lifeguard certification is required for waterfront activities and an asset for all other program areas. Previous supervisory experience in a summer camp setting and/or experience instructing in a camp leadership will be considered an asset.

Maintenance and Facility Staff help to keep the physical aspects of HSR in good condition. Daily tasks could include minor construction, general building repairs, painting, housekeeping and cleaning, groundskeeping, landscaping and marine operations. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. Experience with maintenance/grounds/facilities tools is desirable. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.

Senior Maintenance Staff are 18 years of age or older and have prior experience in maintenance/groundskeeping/carpentry. They are a vital and integral component to camp operation and impact the overall camp-atmosphere and camp life. They supervise and work directly with the staff assigned to maintenance and facilities services. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. They should have experience with the use and/or repair of: hand tools, power tools, small engines. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset. Previous supervisory experience in a summer camp setting and/or experience instructing in a camp leadership will be considered an asset.

Administration Support Staff have an aptitude for customer service. They handle correspondence, phone calls, accounting, billing, ordering materials, welcoming campers, organizing, scanning and filing paperwork, data entry and coordinating with Scouts Canada administration office staff. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. Attention to detail, experience with accounting, software tools and excellent communication skills are required. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.

Marketing and Media Staff are at least 18 years of age and support the marketing and media needs for HSR. They are energetic and enthusiastic about HSR and Scouts Canada’s mission, vision and values and will document HSR activities. Working with supervisory staff they will post highlights of HSR activities, prepare videos and other promotional materials. This person will also support other areas of camp as needed including instruction in program activities and other service areas. They will be able to present a portfolio that demonstrates their experience and skills in photography, videography, graphic design and social media. Experience with software and media editing tools is required. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.

Store Staff have an aptitude for customer service in our Snack Shack, Trading Post and Store. They handle displays, inventories, sales, bookkeeping, cleanliness and preparation of food at the Snack Shack. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. Strong communication and organization skills and aptitude for customer service are necessary. Food Handler certification is highly desirable. Experience with retail operations and lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.

Senior Store Staff are 18 years of age or older and supervise the overall retail store operation. They are a vital and integral component to camp operation and impact the overall camp-atmosphere and camp life. In addition to sales, they are responsible for helping to design and order souvenirs and food supplies, daily sales summary reports, and maintaining the cleanliness of all store operations. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. They must have Food Handler certification, prior experience and be able to use software tools. Strong communication and organization skills and aptitude for customer service and time management are necessary. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset. Previous supervisory experience in a summer camp setting and/or experience instructing in a camp leadership will be considered an asset.

Kitchen Staff are responsible for the preparation and serving of all staff meals. This will include preparation, cooking, cleaning and washing dishes. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. Food Handler certification is highly desirable. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset.

Senior Kitchen Staff are 18 years of age or older and supervise the overall Food Service/Kitchen/Dining Hall operation. They are a vital and integral component to camp operation and impact the overall camp-atmosphere and camp life. In addition to food prep and cooking, they are responsible for maintaining and ordering of food supplies and ensuring cleanliness is maintained. Some staff will also give support/mentor an assigned SIT where/when appropriate. Food Handler certification and previous experience cooking in a commercial setting is required. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset. Previous supervisory experience in a summer camp setting will be considered an asset

A Staff-in-Training (SIT) Coordinator is responsible for delivering the SIT leadership program designed to teach 15-year-olds leadership skills that will help them be active members at HSR and other communities. The skills learned through this program enable leaders to reach their full potential in community environments and focuses on skills such as team and group management, goal management, and effective instruction. This person will also support other areas of camp as needed including instruction in program activities and other service areas. The SIT Coordinator should be skilled in program delivery, instructional techniques, and camp operations. A minimum of three year’s experience at HSR or in a similar summer camp setting is required. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required along with a high degree of flexibility. Lifeguard and other certifications are an asset

The Driver safely and efficiently organizes regular supply runs to various locations in Haliburton County and Scouts Canada offices. The driver is also responsible for transporting staff and campers off and back to the camp. This may include trips to and from the hospital. They are to use all vehicles according to Scouts Canada standards, and for general upkeep. When driving duties are not required, this person will assist in other areas of camp. For insurance purposes, this person must be at least 25 years of age. A valid G driver’s license and strong interpersonal skills are required along with a high degree of flexibility. Other certifications are an asset.

Supervisory Staff have previous experience at HSR and are at least 20 years of age. Working with the Camp Director, these positions are ultimately responsible for monitoring and delivering the entire camp experience, including but not limited to ensuring we abide by all regulations and standards, supervision of services and supervision of programs. They bring strong organizational and planning skills, have a solid practical background and have leadership experience working with campers and supervising staff. They are expected to train, supervise and evaluate staff, and provide constructive feedback and assistance to campers and staff alike. They will ensure all facilities, activities, programs, schedules and camp operations are operated safely and ensure a positive, safe environment for campers and staff. They assist all staff in all departments and work on specific projects for the whole camp. Previous supervisory experience at HSR or in a similar summer camp setting is required. Lifeguard, Food Handler and other certifications are required for specific positions. Experience instructing in a camp leadership position will be considered an asset.

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering for a portion of the summer, contact the Camp Director for an application with the dates you are available and types of skills you can offer to HSR. During the summer, accommodations are limited and selected volunteers will be asked to join us on an as needed basis.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • be a minimum of 17 years of age.
  • provide a current Criminal Reference Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search.
  • meet all Scouts Canada volunteer screening requirements.

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