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25 Oct 2018

Seasonal Wilderness Canoe Trip Leader

Camp Arowhon Ontario, Canada

Job Description

Live, Work, and Play with Children in Algonquin Park This Summer!

Camp Arowhon is a traditional co-ed, overnight summer camp in the heart of Algonquin Park, Ontario. Our mission is to nurture and challenge children, both physically and emotionally. Our community of 350 campers is big enough to be diverse but still feels like a family. Our team of 150 staff means that the campers get a ton of individual attention, and you have a whole bunch of like-minded people to hang out with.


Wilderness Canoe Trip Leader

Positions Available: 12 – 16

Contract Dates: June 12th, 2019 to August 19th, 2019, Spring and Fall Contracts available

Salary: $2500 Base salary, bonuses available for qualifications and experience

Canoe Trippers are teachers, guides, counselors, chefs, lifeguards, first aiders, hype-people and naturalists all at the same time. As a canoe tripper, you are responsible for the social, emotional and physical safety of 6 – 8 campers, aged 7 – 16, on flatwater canoe trips ranging in duration from 2 to 8 days. You will be co-leading you trips, with either another Camp Arowhon Canoe Tripper, and / or a Camp Arowhon Counselor. Working as a team, you will inspire your participants, through providing enthusiastic, informative, hands-on learning opportunities, to become more self-confident, resilient, and skilled. You will facilitate the formation of lifelong relationships through shared experiences, and support the resolution of conflicts and hardships through intentional group facilitation.

Your role will be to ensure that you trip is properly prepared, with the correct and sufficient equipment and food for yourself and your participants / co-leads. You will be responsible for ensuring that all Camp Arowhon safety standards are followed throughout the duration of your trip, and that all participants are actively engaged in, and learning, the essential canoe tripping skills you employ in following these standards. You will be responsible for supporting and facilitating group activities that promote in-depth learning, expand and unpack your participants experiences, and ensure a positive experience. You will be responsible for managing any and all medical and non-medical emergency situations that occur on your trip.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid (16 hours or equivalent)
  • National Lifesaving Society Bronze Cross ( or equivalent)
  • Wilderness Water Safety (provided by Camp Arowhon)
  • FoodSafe Training (provided by Camp Arowhon)
  • Criminal Reference Check
  • Minimum 18 years of age

Recommended Qualifications (bonuses available):

  • Advanced Wilderness First Aid (40 hrs.) or Wilderness and Remote First Responder (WFR)
  • NLS
  • White Water Rescue Technician Level I, Level II or Swift-water Rescue Technician (SRT)
  • ORKA Tripping Level III or Equivalent
  • OCC Field Leadership (Paddling) Level I


  • Previous experience as a participant in outdoor education program (University / College program, participation in Scouting / Guiding, participation in a NOLS or Outward Bound course, etc.)
  • Previous experience working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Previous experience leading, co-leading or assisting in the leadership of overnight, remote, back-country trips is an asset

Skills Competencies

  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Canoeing (Tandem and Solo)
  • Proficiency in Backcountry Travel, including navigation, cooking, firebuilding and stove use, etc.
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Good communication and problem solving skills
  • Acts responsibly and professionally in all interactions with peers, participants and supervisors
  • A commitment to growth, both personal and professional,

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

In Camp

  • Responsible for the preparation (including organization and packing of equipment, food, and participant programming) and clean up (including debriefing, and reporting) of all canoe trips you participate in
  • Responsible for working as part of the larger tripping team to facilitate all aspects of the tripping program (including equipment maintenance and repair, food preparation and packing, in-camp ‘trip skills’ programming, facility maintenance and upkeep, staffing relief and other duties as assigned)
  • Responsible for working as part of the larger camp-staff team to facilitate all aspects of the Camp Arowhon Summer Program (including facility maintenance and upkeep, program facilitation and support, camp wide special days and full camp activities, relief staffing and other duties as assigned)
  • Responsible for attendance and participation in all required staff training, meetings, programs and events (including pre-camp training, morning meetings, trip briefings and debriefings, full staff meetings, etc.)
  • Responsible for support and demonstrating Camp Arowhons values of Caring, Learning, and Respects in all interactions with Staff and Camper alike

On Trip

  • Responsible for leading and facilitating canoe trips according to instructions delivered during trip briefings, tripper training, as delivered by the Head Tripper or Tripping Director, and as found in Camp Arowhons Tripping Standards, Protocols, Policies and Procedures (including route, curriculum, emergency risk-management plans, etc.)
  • Responsible for ensuring that all Camp Arowhon Tripping Policies, Protocols and Standards are followed while on Trip (including Low Impact Camping / LNT practices, protocols for animal encounters, lightening and severe weather protocols, life-guarding policies, sleeping and tenting policies for participants and staff, use of public facilities, etc.)
  • Responsible for managing, evaluating, and limiting participants and staffs exposure to all hazards and risks whilst on Canoe Trip
  • Responsible for the social, emotional and physical safety of all trip participants
  • Responsible for communicating promptly, effectively, and truthfully with participants, co-trippers, trip staff, the Head Tripper, Tripping Director, Equipment Manager and others, in the interests of providing the best experience possible for participants and staff alike whilst on Trip.
  • Responsible for completing and submitting required reports and paperwork (including incident reports, medication logs, trip logs, trip debriefs, Duke of Edinburgh assessors reports, equipment logs etc.)

How to Apply


Job Categories: Camp. Job Types: Seasonal. Job Tags: algonquin park, camp, canoe, tripper, and white water.

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