Camper Support Specialist

Website Tim Hortons Foundation Camps

Tim Hortons Foundation Camps help youth from underserved communities achieve their full potential through multi-year, overnight camp experiences. Whether at camp or back home in their communities between visits—our youth work to build social, emotional, leadership and innovation skills and behaviours like volunteerism and motivation to learn so they become civically and academically engaged, and successfully transition to adulthood.

At Tims Camps, we are catalysts for good—helping our youth participants and teammates be the best they can be, developing personal and career growth. We empower young people with skills to open doors to their future. That is our North Star and, together, we help shape leaders that build stronger communities.


Job Summary

The Camper Support Specialist (CSS) is responsible for supporting camp staff in meeting the mental health, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of their campers and providing direct support to campers. They will work closely with other members of the wellness team, camp management, camp staff, and parents/guardians, as needed.

Work Location

This role will be based onsite at our Tim Horton Camp Kentahten location in Campbellsville, KY.

Contract Length

June 3, 2024 – August 5, 2024

What would you be doing?

Deliver training on areas such as mental health, positive behavior management, bullying, disclosures, as well as appropriate responses to situations that may occur at camp
Inspiring young people to discover their strengths, challenge limits, and build resilience and leadership capacity in a safe and supportive environment
Provide on-going coaching and support to camp staff as it relates to meeting camper mental, behavioral, social, and emotional needs
Ensure proper response, follow-through and debrief on situations arising with campers
Handle cases of suspected abuse and neglect in line with Tim Camps Wellness Standards
Support campers and families by making referrals to support services in their home communities
Work collaboratively and communicate with camper families, the camp management team, wellness team and Camper Support Manager to meet the best interests of the camper
Establish relationships with youth that reflect respect, trust, and empathy
Join and support campers participating in program activities
Practice and coach staff through strengths-based individual and group behaviour management strategies
Model healthy choices and emotional maturity
Be challenged physically and mentally as you live in an overnight camp setting for 8-day sessions, with 3 days of break in between
Have the opportunity to experience personal growth alongside the campers you are supporting
Does this sound like you?

A graduate of a post-secondary Social Work, Social Service Work or Child and Youth Work program
Experienced at working with youth aged 12 – 16 in a professional mental health setting
Crisis management experience is considered to be an asset
Understanding and sensitive to the challenges faced by youth from low-income homes
Skilled in building interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence positive decision-making, listen, manage conflict, and practice sensitivity and compassion
Certified in Standard First Aid + CPR (adult, child, infant) w/AED, or are willing to obtain
Able to provide an acceptable criminal background check
Ability to live on-site for an extended period of time and work flexible hours
Note: Licensed or Registered Social Workers, Social Service Workers and Child & Youth Workers preferred due to coverage on Tim Camps liability insurance policy. Unlicensed or Unregistered Social Workers, Social Service Workers and Child and Youth Workers, or equivalent, have restrictions on how they carry out their work (i.e., cannot be left alone or out of sight of other staff members when supporting campers).

Benefits of working with us

Accommodation and meals are included for the duration of the contract
Bonus when you refer employees
Contract completion bonus
Bonus for staff working at our French-speaking site
Have a positive impact on the lives of young people
Opportunity to build lasting friendships with other staff
To learn more about the impact of the experience you will take part in, watch this short video

Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Tim Hortons® Foundation Camps (THFC) is committed to a fair and inclusive work environment, and seek talent with diversity of life experiences and perspectives. We are an equal opportunity employer that hires talent regardless of age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, status as a protected veteran or any other legally protected grounds and will not discriminate on these bases.

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