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29 Mar 2017

Seasonal Assistant Out-tripping Director

YMCA Camp Pine Crest Torrance, Ontario, Canada

Job Description


425-550 per week based on experience

Effective Date: June 5th – September 2nd 2017

Reports to: Out-tripping Director

Locations:  YMCA Camp Pine Crest, Torrance

Why work for our Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees.  The YMCA provides more than 3,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities.  The YMCA works to build strong kids, families and communities.  This is achieved through a shared culture and values.  We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.

Nature & Scope:

YMCA Camp Pine Crest is located in Muskoka, Ontario. It is a year-round operating facility with a large traditional summer camp program, growing winter programs and busy spring and fall Outdoor Center Seasons. The Assistant Out-Tripping Director for Leadership Programs (AOTD- Leadership) provides seasonal leadership to the Summer Camp program.  This position is responsible for managing and coordinating our leadership trips that include hiking trips through Killarney Provincial Park, sea kayaking on Georgian Bay and Lake Superior, in addition to a wide variety of flatwater and whitewater canoe trips throughout Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.

The AOTD- Leadership will work alongside their supervisor and colleagues to ensure that all of our tripping staff are properly prepared for their trips and have the equipment they need. The AOTD- Leadership will work closely with leadership staff when they are planning their leadership trips to ensure program quality by incorporating key features of each route into the learning goals.  Furthermore they will provide expertise with route planning, menu building, and skill development for leadership participants.


 Oversees program quality for all out trips for campers taking part in our leadership trips.  Ensures appropriate equipment, knowledge and training are provided to staff on an ongoing basis to ensure out-trips are positive and engaging experiences for teens.

Supports and delivers training to all seasonal staff on risk management, programming, wilderness skills and food preparation.

Maintains communication with peers and supervisors to ensure the needs of trip participants are being met in terms of developmentally appropriate programming, medical and dietary needs, and safety.

Acts as a first point of contact for out-trip emergencies by holding the emergency phone while at work. This person will provide an initial assessment, seek out appropriate resources and maintains contact with trip leaders throughout an emergency situation.  The emergency phone will be shared on a rotating basis between the Out-tripping Director and Assistant Out-tripping Directors.

Provides input for food ordering and purchasing for all out-trip food requirements.

Responsible for the supervision of Out-tripping staff during the planning and packing of leadership trips as well as acting as a support for those staff who have returned from an extended trip.  They coaching throughout out-trips by scheduling calls to discuss challenges and provide support.

Acts as a positive role model for children, youth and fellow staff through embodying the values of the YMCA, following all YMCA day camp guidelines, YMCA policies and procedures, OCA standards, High 5 Standards

Builds and maintains a culture of safety among all staff in relation to out-tripping.

Uphold Pine Crests commitment to the OCA and CQRP Standards by ensuring out-tripping staff are following the YMCA best practices

Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association.  Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner

Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Children’s Aid Society

Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with members, volunteers, donors and staff.

Other duties as assigned


  • Wilderness First Responder
  • National Lifeguarding Service (NLS) Certificate
  • Pleasure Craft Operators Card
  • Safe Food Handling Certificate
  • F-Class Drivers License preferred
  • ORCKA Canoe Tripping Instructor and/or ORCKA Moving Water Instructor preferred
  • Post-secondary education (or currently enrolled) in Outdoor Recreation or related program preferred
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working with children and youth in an outdoor and/or leadership context; experience as a Supervisor an asset
  • At least 4 years of experience planning and leading extended wilderness trips preferably including white water canoeing and/or sea kayaking and/or hiking.
  • Experience working at YMCA Camp Pine Crest or another camp with a focus on out-tripping
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Experience and sensitivity in dealing with members of different cultural and racial backgrounds, including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity


How to Apply

Please send cover letter and résumé by April 21st 2017 to Jake Geale at   Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion a Vulnerable Police Records Check.   The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.   We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.

Job Categories: Camp. Job Types: Seasonal.

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