Camp Amicus Head 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 Camp Manager, and Counselling Coordinator, the Head Counsellors are a member of the Leadership Team, directly reporting to the Counsellor Coordinator. Head Counsellors support a team of 5 camp counsellors each. This role is split between three key components – supporting and coaching staff, supporting challenging camper behavior (directly), administration and supporting documentation. During camp, Head Counsellors are responsible for ensuring their team is supporting camper behaviour and executing programs to a high degree of quality. Additionally, Head Counsellors are responsible for relieving counsellors during their break times. In preparation for camp, Head Counsellors are responsible for preparing camp materials and supplies, as well as preparing and delivering portions of staff training.

One day of Leadership Team Training and two weeks of staff training and ongoing support will be provided to ensure that the Head 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: May 22 - August 24 (14 weeks)


  • May 22 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: $680 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

  • Supporting and Coaching Staff
  • Staff Management
  • Collaborate with individual staff to create individualized goals and coaching strategies.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback to staff team on an ongoing basis.
  • Evaluate and provide feedback to staff team in a mid-summer and end of summer evaluation.
  • Lead staff meetings with other leadership staff.


  • Actively participate with campers in programs and activities.
  • Provide extra supervision at mealtimes, bedtimes, and any unstructured choice times.
  • Accompany all camp trips that go off site.

Supporting Program

  • Support campers in programming, as well as in behaviour management situations
  • Support escalating and challenging camper behavior in program areas.
  • Prior to and during camp, assist Camp and Program Coordinator with the preparation, implementation and evaluation of camp programs designed to teach and reinforce positive social skills and develop self-esteem and self-confidence

Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff

  • Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures in all program areas
  • Administer behavior management strategies in accordance with the camp policies
  • Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in all program areas.

Administration and Supporting Documentation

Documentation and Communication

  • 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, staff evaluations, program and training evaluations
  • Review camper report cards prepared by designated Counselors


  • Must be currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary program and plan on returning to school full time in September 2017 - education/training in a career related program such as Education, Social Work, Child & Youth Studies, Recreation or Kinesiology is preferred.
  • Minimum age of 20 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 leadership and/or staff management experience.
  • Knowledge of behaviour management strategies preferred.
  • 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.
  • 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, Camp Amicus and Recreation Programs

745 37 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4T1


Fax: (403) 205-2754

Application Deadline: Until suitable candidates found