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YMCA of Niagara - March Break Day Camp Program Support Counsellor

Company Name:YMCA of Niagara

Position Title:March Break Day Camp Program Support Counsellor

Location:Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

Job Type:Contract : Part Time

Start Date:March 13, 2023

End Date:March 17, 2023


Hourly Wage:15.50

Shift Work:Yes

Applications Open:December 29, 2022

Applications Closed:February 17, 2023

Job Requirements

• Experience working with children and/or youth with specific needs
• Applicants must be 17 years of age or older
• Values driven individuals who make excellent role models for children and youth
• Experience working in day or residential camp is an asset
• Energy, enthusiasm and flexibility
• Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) Training is an asset
• Current Standard First Aid with CPR-C
• A clear and satisfactory criminal record check inclusive of the vulnerable sector search (CRC VSS) issued for the YMCA of Niagara
• The ability to participate in physical activity and work in an outdoor environment in various weather conditions
• Access to reliable transportation and valid driver’s license is required
• Participate in training and adhere to the YMCA Child Protection Policy and Procedures


Child and Youth Focused
Commits to assisting growth and development among children and youth.

Commitment to Organization Vision and Values
Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the mission, vision, strategic outcomes and values of the YMCA.

Concern for Health and Safety
Acknowledges and understands how to manage and educate others of risk and harm reduction.

Actively builds teams and encourages open relationships for max. organizational effectiveness.

Creativity and Innovation
Develops new ways or adapts existing ideas to help us achieve desired results.

Job Description
March Break Day Camp Program Support Counsellor

Location YMCA Day Camp at sites in St. Catharines, Grimsby, Welland, Port Colborne and Niagara Falls

Pay $15.50/hour

Employment Type Seasonal Contract – 25 to 40 hours per week. Hours of work are primarily Monday to Friday daytime, with some evenings and weekends required for training.

Placement Date March 13-17, 2023 with training prior

Why Work for the YMCA?

As a charitable organization, the YMCA of Niagara aspires to be a great workplace, committed
to diversity, equity, and inclusion, where different backgrounds, experiences, and identities are appreciated and celebrated. Guided by our shared values – caring, health, honesty, inclusiveness, respect, and responsibility - the YMCA provides our employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. We recognize the contributions of our staff through growth opportunities and great benefits, and the knowledge that their day-to-day actions have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the people of Niagara.


Program Support Counsellors are responsible for working with a variety of campers with special needs, physical or behavioural challenges, or medical considerations in YMCA Day Camps. Program Support Counsellors provide the necessary support to their camper for them to be successfully integrated into the camp program. Program Support Counsellors work alongside their peers to provide a safe and high quality camp experience.


• Ensure YMCA Day Camp is an inclusive camp experience and to implement strategies to achieve this goal
• Plan and deliver programs for Day Camp participants following YMCA objectives
• Support campers with behavioural, physical, or developmental challenge
• Assist with program implementation and adaptation of activities to meet the needs of all campers in the group
• Read, understand and apply information from camper profile
• Make quick decisions to ensure maximum participant integration and safety
• Understand and commit to confidentiality
• Greet parents/guardians each morning when they drop off children and in the evening at pick up
• Support and work as part of a staff/volunteer team by remaining flexible (willing to learn new skills, alter skills)
• Responsible for the safety and security of staff and participants
• Respond to first aid and emergency situations as required and check for the potential health and safety hazards at all times when on duty and complete incident reports when necessary
• Embrace diversity and inclusion of all individuals.
• Follow CPI Non-violent Crisis Intervention guidelines (when certified)
• Other duties as assigned

Contact Information

How to Apply:All applicants are invited to apply online by February 17, 2023 by visiting

Contact Name:Tracey Cosco

Contact Email: