Company Overview

Tropicana Community Services, a Toronto-based multiservice organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices.  Our mission is achieved through culturally appropriate programs such as counselling, childcare, educational, and employment services and youth development.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Supervisor of Education Program, the Camp Counsellor is responsible for assisting in the implementation and facilitation of the in-person summer camp program. In particular, the Camp Counsellor will support the Education team in the facilitation of camp programming and other camp-related activities.

Department: YDE
Reporting to: Supervisor, Education Program
Location: Scarborough, ON
Contract Period: Jun 13, 2022, to Aug 12, 2022
Regular Hours: 9:00AM — 5:00PM 5 days/week

Areas of Responsibilities

  • Support the Education Team in the organization, coordination, and facilitation of a dynamic and fun-filled 6- week in-person program for campers (ages 4-13)
  • Coordinate and implement a weekly schedule for assigned camp group
  • Attend and participate in all staff training sessions and staff meetings
  • At all times, supervise campers in assigned camp group
  • Maintain accurate and complete records (e.g., weekly registration, participants with special needs,) of all participants
  • Assist the Education Team in mediating discussion with participants
  • Complete projects quickly and meet deadlines as assigned by the Education Program Supervisor
  • Communicate with parents/guardians about campers’ experiences and report concerns to the Education Program Supervisor
  • Display leadership and communication skills and be a positive role model for campers of all ages
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and creativity
  • Display leadership and communication skills
  • Know, enforce, and understand all Occupational Health & Safety Act
  • Participate in supporting the administrative team as required
  • Actively participate in staff meetings, training, and agency initiatives
  • At all times, ensure a safe and healthy online environment

Skills and Qualifications

  • Secondary or post-secondary education; students welcome
  • Education and/or experience in youth camps, youth programs, youth recreation, working with children, or in a related field
  • Knowledge of African/Caribbean/Canadian history and issues faced within the Black community
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating projects, ability to multitask, prioritize, and respond effectively to competing timelines
  • Facilitation of discussion that encourages critical thinking, self-reflection, and exploration of various topics
  • Excellent behavioural management skills, strong initiative, communication work ethic, leadership organization, and teamwork skills
  • Multicultural sensitivity and sensitivity to special needs
  • Highly proficient computer skills, especially Microsoft Office applications and social media
  • Motivate and help participants develop mutual respect for their peers and their environment
  • Possession of valid First-Aid/CPR certification is considered an asset
  • Valid Police Reference Check to be submitted

To be qualified for this position under the Canada Summer Jobs Program, you must also:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

How to Apply

Internal Candidates are asked to submit a completed résumé, cover letter, no later than 5:00 pm, April 22, 2022, to, 

External Candidates are asked to submit a completed résumé, cover letter, no later than 5:00 pm, May 20, 2022, to, 

Although we appreciate each application, only those candidates being considered for the position will be contacted.

It is a condition of employment that new employees provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start date of employment. This means that all new employees must have received all doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved by Health Canada prior to their start date. Applicants who have appropriate written proof of a medical reason, or a reason pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code, for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may provide such documentation to the Human Resources department. Such situations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tropicana Community Services is committed to creating an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. Please inform the Human Resources department, at the time of your application, of any requirement for accommodation in order for us to assess all employees in a fair and equitable manner.