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Working at the Haliburton Scout Reserve (HSR) will be challenging, rewarding and a lot of fun too! In just a few short weeks those who join our hard working, caring and fun family soon call HSR home. Working together, we strive to deliver a high quality, safe and fun adventure to hundreds of campers each week of the summer.

We are currently seeking staff to operate and support our 2019 summer season! Positions, for those 16 years of age and older in 2019, are varied and include everything from supervisors and instructors of each of the program venues, to support staff for administration, kitchen, retail store and maintenance services. We are also recruiting those who will be 15 years of age in 2019 to be staff-in-training who volunteer to stay at HSR all summer to learn about working in a camp environment.

HSR is interested in staff who:

  • are fully committed to Scouts Canada’s vision, mission, values and method.
  • will go above and beyond to help in all areas and aspects of camp to provide the best summer camp experience possible for participants and fellow staff.
  • are physically, emotionally and mentally able to meet the challenges of working and living in a semi-wilderness, residential camp setting.
  • are willing to participate in all camp activities alongside campers and fellow staff.
  • understand that work hours will vary from day to day (sometimes on short notice) and will work evenings and weekends.
  • enjoy being outdoors and are comfortable working and living in all types of weather.
  • commit to living at camp in close quarters with other staff for the full contracted time.
  • can abide by and follow all camp and Scouts Canada policies and procedures.

What are the benefits of working at HSR?

  • Research shows that being immersed in the outdoors has health benefits.
  • Personal development as a leader and learning to be a contributing team player.
  • Very little expenses over the summer. We cover your room and board and pay you while you are working at camp.
  • Training, to gain experience and knowledge of our programs and its delivery. Specialized Certification and Training can be supported. We provide hands on, experiential training for staff to develop the skills they require to do the job to the best of their ability.
  • Gaining useful, marketable skills such as complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgement and decision making, and communication.
  • Developing life skills such as mentoring, time management, public speaking, good work habits and job search skills.
  • Networking opportunities to open a rewarding lifetime career path.
  • Forming long-lasting friendships.
  • It’s a fun place to work and spend a summer!

2019 Season Dates

Staff should expect to work through the following dates depending on their position:

  • Mandatory Pre-camp training weekend for all SIT and staff positions: May 10-12, 2019 at Woodland Trails Camp, Aurora
  • General Staff Positions: June 22-August 27, 2019. We recognize that some secondary school exam and graduation dates may overlap with these dates. Please discuss your arrival date on your application and during your interview.
  • Leadership Positions (Senior Staff/Supervisory): June 15-August 29, 2019. Some positions could start earlier in the spring and/or end in the fall depending on your availability and needs.

Certifications

These are a few organization links you can use to find courses in your area.

First Aid: Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society, St. John Ambulance. Also check your local Scouts Canada Council or area training website for courses offered specifically for members.

Pleasure Craft Operator Card: Please refer to the Transport Canada list of approved providers

Lifeguard: Canadian Red Cross, Lifesaving Society

Ropes: Challenges Unlimited, Adventureworks

Canoe/Kayak/Paddleboards: Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (ORCKA) Paddle Canada

Sailing: Ontario Sailing

Food Handler Certification: You can take the training and certification with the health unit in the region where you live or work. Some examples are: Toronto, York, Durham, Peel, Grey-Bruce, Halton, Kawartha Pine-Ridge, Simcoe-Muskoka, Niagara.

Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, offers challenging programs for boys, girls and youth age 5-26 in thousands of individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada.

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