Camp Amicus Counselor


Foothills Academy Society invites you to be an integral part of this unique summer camp program for children and youth with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. Our goal is to create a rewarding and successful summer for each camper, with an emphasis on enhancing self-esteem and social skills in a fun environment.

Position Purpose:

Under the guidance of the Counselling Coordinator, and Head Counsellors, Camp Counsellors work in a 1:3 staff to camper ratio, leading camp activities, supporting campers and camper behavior. Counsellors will also be responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the campers in his/her group. Camp Counsellors are expected to maintain open lines of communication and work in a cooperative manner with other Camp Counsellors and Leadership Staff in fulfilling roles and duties. At all times, the Camp Counsellor serves as a role model for appropriate social skills and serves as a Social Coach during recreational activities. Two weeks of training and ongoing support will be provided to ensure that the Camp Counsellor has the knowledge and skills for this position. Must be willing to be at Nordegg for three days of staff training plus three 6-day overnight camps (Sunday to Friday)

Position Dates:  June 9/10, and June 18 - August 25 (10 weeks)


  • June 18 through to June 22 – Foothills Academy in Calgary
  • June 25 to June 29 – staff training at Camp Goldeye in Nordegg, Alberta
  • July 1 – July 27 - overnight camp at Goldeye Centre in Nordegg, Alberta - four 6-day overnight camps (Sunday to Friday)
  • July 30 – August 24 - day camps (Monday to Friday) in Calgary

Salary: $620 per week (includes room & board while on site at Goldeye Centre).

**Please note that you are responsible for your own accommodations in Calgary

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Camper Support (40%)

  • Deliver program to campers
  • Assist with the preparation and implementation of camp programs designed to teach and reinforce positive social skills and develop self-esteem and self-confidence in campers with learning disabilities and/or ADHD
  • Participate in activities as a role model with appropriate enthusiasm and social skills
  • Oversee development of campers’ abilities and skills in various program activities
  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff
  • Assist, as necessary, each assigned camper to meet his/her daily physical and emotional health, hygiene and nutritional needs
  • Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures in all program areas
  • Administer behaviour management strategies in accordance with the camp policies

Program Support (40%)

  • Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in all program areas
  • Check areas and equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair and report any unsafe conditions immediately
  • Ensure that program areas are kept free of hazards and debris
  • Participation
  • Actively participate with campers in programs and activities
  • Provide direct leadership during activities and encourage and motivate campers and staff to participate in activities
  • Provide extra supervision at mealtimes, bedtimes, and any unstructured choice times

Documentation and Communication (20%)

  • Maintain accurate records in the form of progress notes and reports on an on-going basis
  • Ensure all forms and reports are accurately completed within the guidelines of the camp. This includes incident reports, camper reports, program and training evaluations


  • Must be currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program and plan on returning to school full time in September 2018 - education/training in a career related program such as Education, Social Work, Child & Youth Studies, Recreation or Kinesiology is preferred.
  • Minimum age of 18 years (maximum age of 30 years).
  • First Aid and CPR certification – provided for staff who do not have certification
  • NLS (National Lifeguard Service) certification an asset.
  • Previous experience working with children and youth particularly those with Learning Disabilities or ADHD is preferred.
  • Good health, enthusiasm, and willingness to actively participate in activities with campers.
  • Previous camp experience is preferred.
  • The successful candidate must submit a Police Record Check before commencement of work at Camp Amicus.

Interpersonal Skills

  • Relates well to children, youth and adults.
  • Effective communication, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Emotional maturity and stability.
  • Ability to use judgment to act quickly when necessary.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to adapt to new situations and be flexible with change.

Physical Demands

  • Candidate must be able to lift and transport 20 – 40 pounds regularly.
  • Candidate must be able to see and respond to situations
  • Candidate must be able to work in a consistently mobile fashion – walking up to 6 hours for day long field trips, and consistently interact with campers and staff at both day and overnight camp.
  • Candidate must be able to sustain attention to the program participants without significant impairment


Send resume and cover letter to Kathleen Gurski. We thank all candidates for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact Person: Kathleen Gurski, Manager, Camp Amicus and Recreation Programs

745 37 Street NW

Calgary, AB T2N 4T1


Fax: (403)205-2754

Application Deadline: Until suitable candidates found