Junior Camp Counsellor

Time Commitment: Minimum two full weeks, possiblity for the full 8 weeks of camp.  Camp runs Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm, however junior counsellors will be expected to be available 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Must be available for camp training on Saturday, July 3rd

Age requiremnet: 13-15 years old

Location: Club 55 and Frank Rudderham YMCA

Program Description 

Junior Counsellors are an asset to our programs - assisting in planning and implementing day camp programs, set up and take down of events and activities, and maintaining a clean, safe, FUN and organized camp atmosphere. 

Major Duties 

May include a mixture of the following 

  • Assist counselors in developing fun, engaging and age appropriate camp programming. 
  • Assist in preparing, implementing and engaging in camp programs. 
  • Assist in organizing and inventorying supplies. 
  • Assist in keeping camp program areas, storage areas, and office area clean, safe and organized. 
  • Assist in maintaining a safe, FUN and engaging camp atmosphere through working with staff team and being a positive role model for all children and youth.  


  • Minimum age: 13 years 
  • Volunteers will need to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening from their local police service before their first day of volunteering and every three years on the anniversary of their first day of volunteering. 
  • First Aid/CPR training is an asset. 
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and with others in a team setting. 
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Responsibility, reliability and commitment to the role. 
  • Child-focused, team player, values driven, positive role model.  


  • Gain experience working with a multi-service, charitable organization. 
  • Develop leadership skills in a dynamic and fun setting. 
  • Gain experience working with children aged 5-12, from various backgrounds and dimensions of diversity. 
  • Know that you are contributing to the positive, healthy development of children and youth. 
  • Gain volunteer hours for community service. 
  • Gain important and valuable employment experience and skills. 
  • Meet new friends and acquaintances that share similar interests. 
  • Learn new skills, gain more confidence and coaching experience. 

How to apply 

Contact Janice.Curnew@cb.ymca.ca 

Why Volunteer for the Y? 

The YMCA of Cape Breton aspires to be a great place to volunteer through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all volunteers. The YMCA provides thousands of volunteers with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values.