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29 May 2018

Seasonal Tripping Counsellor

YMCA Camp Gray Jay and YMCA Camp Chief Hector Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Job Description

Are you stoked to spend your summer playing in the Rocky Mountains? Lead backcountry hiking trips for our campers in the Yaha Tinda or Kananaskis Country! Be a role model for campers as they grow along the journey. 


  • Make close friends with other staff – many alumni say that the friends they’ve made working at camp are the best friends they’ve ever made in their lives!
  • Get paid to go on backcountry trips, and have all food, gear, and transportation provided by camp
  • Know you’re making a difference in the lives of the campers that look up to you
  • Complimentary YMCA Calgary membership
  • Gifts given to celebrate each year of employment
  • Program discounts
  • Ongoing leadership development and opportunities
  • Leadership award opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Paid recertification and training – Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses offered at camp


  • Our aim is to provide experiences in which campers feel an authentic sense of belonging within their group and at camp. Our staff support campers in challenging themselves to achieve personal growth. Our campers thrive by returning home with an expanded capacity for life skills gained through developing personal leadership and having the chance to lead their peers.
  • Throughout your campers’ 6- or 13-day experience at camp, you will instruct and coach them through all aspects of preparing for their backcountry trips: you’ll plan a menu together; check your gear to ensure it’s in good working order, and instruct the campers on how to pack well. You’ll familiarize them with the route to help them feel comfortable embarking on their journey and to develop map-reading skills.
  • On your backcountry outtrip, you’ll empower campers to learn many wilderness skills from navigating, setting up the campsite, and preparing meals, to encouraging one another, problem-solving, and decision-making.
  • While at camp, you and your group will participate in other fun sessions that may include waterfront, mountain arts, higher ground (high ropes), climbing wall, nature nook, and more! Your role is to support resource staff in delivering the program by being engaged with your group and the activity.
  • You’ll also be responsible for the care of your campers by ensuring their mental, emotional, and physical needs are met, and that risks are anticipated and managed.

Skills Required:

All Resource and Counselling Staff will:

  • Work as part of a collaborative team to support all campers and fellow staff
  • Ensure the delivery of excellent service by identifying and responding in a professional and timely manner to the needs and wants of children and parents/guardians
  • Be responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the participants in their group
  • Support group development and create a positive learning environment for all campers
  • Be flexible and willing to support the team throughout a busy spring/summer season
  • Support the planning and facilitation of intentional, developmentally appropriate play-based learning activities. This includes engagement in active play outside, both scheduled and creative activities
  • Ensure a safe and clean environment that is in good repair
  • Establish and maintain effective communication standards with stakeholders and professionally represent YMCA Calgary both internally and with the broader community
  • Provide support for YMCA initiatives


At YMCA Calgary we strive to ensure our employees are a fit based on their strengths, interests, and future goals. The successful candidate will have the following;

  • Experience working with children to facilitate inclusion within activity-based programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR C certification (CPR recertified within the last 12 months) at minimum
  • Canoe Paddle Instructor certificates and Wilderness First Aid certificates are mandatory for some positions, and we do offer these courses on our site
  • Evidence of a clear Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Three professional references

Dates, Compensation, and Location:

Camp Counsellor: Date – June 25 to August 31, Wage: $542-628 (semi-monthly)
Population & Location: Ages 13-16 @ Camp Chief Hector/Kananaskis Country with tripping/expedition focus

Camp Counsellor: Date – June 25 to August 31, Wage: $542-628(semi-monthly)
Population & Location: Ages 13-16 @ Camp Gray Jay/Ya Ha Tinda Region with tripping/horse focus

Please note that evidence of a clear Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Search is a requirement

YMCA Calgary is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must have legal authorization to work in Canada by way of Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency or a valid Canadian work permit. YMCA Calgary is currently not engaged in international recruitment efforts as we are required to demonstrate that we have exhausted all means of recruitment both locally and nationally.

Potential candidates will only be contacted if selected for an interview.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to

Job Categories: Camp. Job Types: Seasonal. Job Tags: camp councilor, camp counsellor, camp counselor, camp staff, councilor, counsellor, counselor, guide, hiking guide, horse staff, instructor, outdoor educator, outdoor professional, tripper, tripping counsellor, tripping staff, wilderness guide, and wrangler.

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