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Those who work at YMCA Wanakita, call camp their home.
Working outside every day in a camp environment is a very rewarding experience. Wanakita staff become key figures in the lives of the children, youth, and adults with whom they teach, lead and have fun with; and make they friends themselves that last a lifetime.

At YMCA Wanakita we're looking for camp staff who are positive role models to our campers of all ages. We teach our campers and in turn they teach us that there are no such things as limits - we know that learning is a life-long process. Our staff are self-motivated and interested in challenging themselves; nurturing the potential of others; and celebrating everyday successes. This is what makes us a team.

YMCA Wanakita takes pride in its staff team. These individuals make the program delivery possible, and have built Wanakita's excellent reputation across Canada and around the World. The Summer Camp and Outdoor Centre staff are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility, so Wanakita takes great care to make sure we select skilled individuals with positive attitudes and strong work ethic for to offer the unique Wanakita experience to our clients.

What we're looking for in our staff:

  • Represent YMCA mission, vision and goals
  • Strive to give every participant the best experience
  • Hold current Standard First Aid with CPR-C 
  • Additional certifications including National Lifeguard Service (NLS), Wilderness First Aid and various instructor levels

Postings Updated Mar. 2, 2017

2017 Positions

Summer 2017
Download the Summer 2017 Employment Postings package and instructions for submitting your application for Summer Kids Camp and Summer Family Camp.  Note, not all positions lited in this package are still available. See below for the open positions.

Click to apply to Summer Kids Camp: 
- Assistant Counsellor 
- Junior-Intermediate Counsellor
- Theatre Specialist 

- Tuck Specialist 
- Advanced WEP (Wilderness & Environmental Pursuits) Specialist

Click to apply to Summer Family Camp: 
- Aquatics Area Head
- Paddle Sports Area Head 
- Wind Sports Area Head 

Outdoor Centre 2017
Click to view job postings:
YMCA Wanakita Spring OutdoorCentre Instructors
YMCA Wanakita Fall 2017 Outdoor Centre Instructors


Volunteering at Camp

Volunteering your time is a great opportunity to gain professional experience in the field of outdoor education or camping. At YMCA Wanakita, volunteers are a valuable part of our team.

Opportunities are dependent on the needs of the programs so volunteers are asked to assist in all areas of YMCA Wanakita, including support tasks such as cleaning, light maintenance and program preparation.

Summer volunteers may assist with Overnight Camp, Day Camp, Family Camp, special projects or Food Services. Special projects volunteers help in keeping our site well maintained while volunteers in Resource will assist with delivering programs such as swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts and others, dependent on qualifications.

Outdoor Centre volunteers may assist in delivering recreational and educational programs throughout the season including high ropes, initiatives, archery, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, environmental programs, out trips, etc… During fall, winter and spring, we host programs for school, adult, family and other special interest groups during week days and weekends.

Volunteers will work to assist YMCA Wanakita staff and will not be responsible for delivering a program without the guidance and direction of staff. We have many people wishing to volunteer with us and we welcome all those who are interested to contact us. Please note that staffing, volunteer requirements and living accommodations are limited and volunteers will be asked to join us on an as needed basis. As the YMCA is a registered charity, documentation recognizing the number of volunteer hours completed can be provided.

Minimum Requirements

  • Volunteers must be 17 years of age by December 31st
  • Qualifications: Standard First Aid, CPR C, Bronze Cross (Summer Overnight and Family Camp volunteers only)
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (current within 6 months of volunteer start date)
  • Further qualifications may be required

Please contact the relevant director to pursue a volunteer opportunity:

Andrea Pepe
Outdoor Centre Director
p: 1.800.387.5081 x. 236

Rankin Middlebrook
Summer Camp Director
p: 1.800.387.5081 x. 246

Sarah Bell
Family Camp Director
p: 1.800.387.5081

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