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“Creating Friendships and Memories to Last a Lifetime”

As a Wahanowin staff member you will touch and affect many lives and quite possibly change your own. The potential of the summer camp experience is limitless as we strive to deliver a dynamic and exciting program for all of campers and staff. You play a significant role at camp in shaping the lives of the campers. The skills you will gain, the children you meet and the friendships you will make, will create memories that will last a lifetime!

Job Descriptions

What are we Looking for?
We offer 1, 2, 3 or 4 month work terms and are looking for staff who are:

  • Fun, Creative, Flexible and Skilled
  • Enthusiastic, Team-oriented, Dedicated
  • Preference to people with previous camp experience
  • Preference to people with First Aid, CPR, specific skills and qualifications

Living with campers in a cabin, participating with them in activities throughout the day and looking after all physical and emotional needs.

Activity Instructors:
Living with campers in a cabin. Teaching an activity throughout the program day.

Camp Activities include:

  • Archery: Archery skilled
  • Arts and Crafts: Craft experience
  • Café: Cooking and nutrition knowledge
  • Canoe Tripper: Tripping experience, Bronze Cross minimum, post-secondary
  • Canoe/Kayak: Knowledge of strokes and boats, Bronze Cross minimum
  • Dance: Modern and Jazz dance experience
  • Fishing: Fishing knowledge, Bronze Cross minimum, Pleasure Craft Operator certified
  • Mountain Biking: Knowledge of biking and bike maintenance
  • Pottery: Knowledge of clay and kiln
  • Ropes Course: Ropes and Rock climbing experience, belay experience
  • Sail: Sail experience, Bronze Cross minimum (Hobe Cat and Hunter boats)
  • Sports: Diverse knowledge & skills, coaching experience (Basketball, Hockey, Soccer, Softball)
  • Stand-Up Paddleboard: Bronze Cross minimum
  • Swimming: Current RLSS Swim Instructor, RLSS Instructor, plus NLS
  • Tennis: Tennis skills, knowledge of the game
  • Trapeze: Trapeze experience and training (resort or circus school)
  • Tuck Shop: Retail experience
  • WahaTV, Camp Photographer
  • Water Skiing/Wakeboard: Ski skills, teaching experience, Pleasure Craft Operator certified, Bronze Cross minimum
  • Wood Shop: Carpentry skills

Support Staff:
Support Staff are responsible for all of the “behind the scenes” areas of camp life. Wahanowin’s support staff do not live with campers, but are welcome to join a cabin group and participate with them when not on duty. Our support staff areas consist of our Dining Hall, Maintenance and Housekeeping.

  • Baker: Dessert cooking and baking experience (4 months: May to August)
  • Dining Hall: Restaurant serving experience (2 months: July-August)
  • Driver: Daily town runs to pick up camp supplies (2 months: July-August)
  • Kitchen: Restaurant, food prep experience (4 months: May to August)
  • Housekeeping: Cleaning experience (2 months: July-August)
  • Maintenance: Electrical, Carpentry or Plumbing experience, driver’s license, drive standard transmission (4 months: May to August)
  • Office: Friendly, outgoing, pleasant telephone manner, computer literate (2 months: July-August)
  • Potwasher: Related experience (4 months: May to August)
  • Tuck Shop: Retail experience (2 months: July-August)

Health Care Staff:
Health Centre Staff: 3rd year Nursing student, graduating or current RN (4 months: May to September and 2 months: July-August positions available)

Accessible Employment Policies

Recruitment and Potential Employment Screening Process
Camp Wahanowin will provide notification to the public that in its recruitment process, accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities. Camp Wahanowin is committed to employment equity and encourages all qualified candidates to apply. If an applicant requires an accommodation at any point during the hiring/employment process they are encouraged to let the camp know that this is the case and inform the camp to the type of accommodation they require so that the camp can work with them to meet their needs. Applicants are also reassured that all responses will be handled with strict confidence.

Notice to Successful Applicants
When making offers of employment to the successful applicants, Camp Wahanowin will notify the applicant of its policies of accommodating employees with disabilities. The information that accompanies the contract indicates the following: Camp Wahanowin has an accommodation process in place and provides accommodations for employees with disabilities. If you require a specific accommodation because of a disability and/or a medical need please contact Pete Thistlethwaite, Director, at 416-482-2600 or so that arrangements can be made for the appropriate accommodations to be in place before you begin your employment.

Informing Employees of Supports
Camp Wahanowin will inform its employees of its policies (and any updates to those policies) used to support those with disabilities, including policies on the provision of job accommodations that take into account employee accessibility needs due to a disability. This information will be provided to new employees as soon as practicable after they commence employment.

Camp Wahanowin has a return to work process for its employees who have been absent from work due to a disability and who require disability-related accommodations in order to return to work. The return to work process outlines the steps Camp Wahanowin will take to facilitate the return to work and will include documented individual accommodation plans as part of the process in accordance with the requirements of the Regulation.

Where an employee with a disability requests it, Camp Wahanowin will consult with the employee to provide accessible formats and communication supports for: information that is needed to perform the employee’s job and information that is generally available to all of our employees.

If needed, Camp Wahanowin will provide individualized workplace emergency response information to employees with disabilities.

Camp Wahanowin is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Pete ( for more information.

2020 Summer Chronology

Camp Wahanowin’s regular summer season is a little over four months long. Applicants may apply for all or part of this season. The following chronology for the 4-month work term is as follows:

Spring Work Term:  May 1 – June 21

Week 1 & 2: Camp set up and maintenance, plus staff training
Week 3, 4 & 5: Outdoor Education program for school groups
Week 6, 7 & 8: Outdoor Education program for school groups

Summer Work Term: June 22 – September 6

Week 9: “Camp Wahanowin” pre-camp staff training
Week 10-16: Camp Wahanowin summer camp program
Week 17 & 18: “National Music Camp”: 2 x one week music camp programs

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It is at Wahanowin that I learned time management skills, responsibly, leadership, social skills and how to problem solve. All of these skills are crucial in attaining a rewarding and successful life.”

Mitch Freed