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29 Mar 2017

Seasonal Out-tripping Director

YMCA Camp Pine Crest Torrance, Ontario, Canada

Job Description


500 – 600 per week based on experience

Effective Date: April 24th – September 29th 2017

Reports to: Summer Camp 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 Out Tripping Director provides seasonal leadership to the Summer Camp and Outdoor Center operations.  This position is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of the out-tripping program at Camp Pine Crest from a first-time camper’s overnight canoe trip to week-long hikes on the Coast of Lake Superior and white water canoe trips across Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.

The Out-Trip Director will act as the lead for all aspects of the tripping program at Pine Crest including staff training and coaching, program quality, and equipment purchasing.  Furthermore, the Out-tripping Director will play a large role in ensuring the safety of campers and participants while on out-trip, trip logistics, as well as food ordering and handling for out-trips.  Given the breadth and of responsibilities for this position the Out-Tripping Director will communicate regularly with other supervisory staff, like the Summer Camp Director, the Food Services Directors and the Wellness Director to ensure high quality, special experiences are provided.  Finally, the Out-Trip Director will support and supervise two Assistant Out-trip Directors.  Assistant Out-trip directors each be responsible for the oversight of the Adventure Leadership Program or our camper trips.


 Manages out-trip logistics including trip schedules, driver schedules, and equipment usage.

Oversees program quality for all out trips including camper trips as well as leadership trips.  Ensures appropriate equipment, knowledge and training are provided on an ongoing basis to ensure out-trips are positive and engaging experiences for children and youth.

Develops 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 out-trip Director manages and coordinates trip evacuations when necessary.  The emergency phone will be shared on a rotating basis between the Out-tripping Director and Assistant Out-tripping Directors.

Manages food ordering and purchasing for all out-trip food requirements.

Oversees the budget for the Out-Tripping Department including drivers’ bills, equipment purchasing, maintenance and repair, food, and camping permits and fees.

Direct supervision of the Assistant Out-trip directors including ongoing coaching, feedback and formal evaluations

Responsible for attendance and participation in supervisory staff meetings to ensure consistency and cohesion while working with staff who lead out-trips.

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 reviewing the expectations and making adjustments regularly.

Oversees the operation of the kitchen within the out-tripping department ensuring all health and safety requirements are being met.

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 5 years’ experience working with children and youth in an outdoor and/or leadership context; experience as a Supervisor an asset
  • At least 5 years of experience leading extended wilderness trips including at least some white water canoeing, preferably including sea kayaking and hiking.
  • Experience working at YMCA Camp Pine Crest or another camp with a focus on out-tripping
  • Experience with conflict management and scheduling preferred
  • 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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