Recreation and Sport - Summer Surprise Counsellor

by City of London

Reference #: 784-en_US
Position Type: Any
Location: London, Ontario
Date Posted: Feb 03, 2024
City of London

Job Description

File Number: 784
Service Area: Neighbourhood and Community-Wide Services  
Division: Recreation and Sport 
Employee Group: Casual 
Job Type: Casual 
Number of Openings: 6 


Summer programs provide children ages 4-12 the opportunity to improve self esteem, motor skills, creativity, and social skills through a variety of crafts, arts, and physical activities as well as excursions to local places of interest.


Reporting to Summer Surprise Coordinator, the Summer Surprise Day Camp Counsellor position is responsible for leading and supervising participants aged 12-21 at a Day Camp for youth with exceptionalities. This casual position works as part of a team in a public facing fast paced environment ensuring programs are run efficiently to meet the needs of the participants while providing excellent customer service to City of London patrons and volunteers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Adapt the Day Camp program to include campers of all abilities and needs.
  • Plan and implement a varied recreational program involving crafts, active and quiet games, sports, and special events for youth ages 12-21, in accordance with Child and Youth Agenda priority areas.
  • Work with staff, participants, and parent/caregivers to develop appropriate behaviour modification plans as required.
  • Use appropriate behaviour modification techniques when supervising participants.
  • Monitor facility accommodations as per activity and safety needs.
  • Maintain regular communication with parents/caregivers of participants during program duration.
  • Work cooperatively with other program partners.
  • Ensure all City of London policies and practices are adhered to.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
  • Strong behaviour management is necessary.
  • Experience working with campers to build their independence and social skills.
  • Offer critical and timely feedback to ensure optimal camper safety and experience.
  • Contagious, positive attitude.
  • Ensure high program standards and best practice for healthy development and play.
  • May be required to assist campers with personal care such as toileting, tube feeding, lifts, assistive communication devices and administrating medication as needed.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills and a positive and professional attitude when communicating with participants, parents, the public, and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and human rights through practices and interactions with community partners, employees and individuals and support programs and initiatives that reflect this commitment. 
  • Demonstrate commitment and adherence to Health and Safety legislation and programs; actively promote a culture of safety.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Minimum two years experience working with children and/or youth with exceptionalities and behavioural challenges, preferably in a day camp/recreation environment. 
  • Experience with personal care such as toileting, tube feeding, lifts, and assistive communication devices, and administering medication. 
  • HIGH FIVE® - Healthy Child Development Certification (Prior to the start of the program)
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (Prior to the start of the program)
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) (Prior to the start of the program)

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate interpersonal and customer service skills. 
  • Knowledge of and ability to demonstrate behaviour modification techniques. 
  • Second language is an asset (please indicate on resume)
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software including publisher, excel and word and Xplor Recreation registration software (preferred). 
  • Sign language fluency and/or second language is an asset (please indicate on resume).
  • Ability to demonstrate good communication, high energy, enthusiasm and continued positive attitude. 
  • High level of comfort in fast paced public facing environments.

Other Information:

Wage: $18.25 - 21.75 per hour

Employment Start Date: June 15, 2024

Employment End Date: August 23, 2024

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Application Contact Information

Company Name:   City of London
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