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Special Needs Camp Leader Eureka Outdoor Camp

  • 12 Mar 2020 12:45 PM
    Message # 8823919

    Special Needs Camp Leader (Gambier Island)

    employment type: contract  June 26 - August 21, 2020

    To apply please contact our office and attach your resume.  Or call 604-520-1155.

    Eureka Outdoor Camp is a non-profit charitable society offering outdoor recreational programs for children and adolescents with invisible disabilities. These can include learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, mild autism etc. The disabilities may be congenital or as a result of injury. Our summer program offers campers a chance to try new skills and make friends in a friendly environment where our staff participants have a good understanding of invisible disabilities and related disorders and the challenges they create.



    Reporting to the Camp Director, Special Needs Leaders provide a safe and structured cabin environment for campers with neurological deficits such as ADD/ADHD, Tourette Syndrome, mild autism, learning disabilities and other associated disorders. Campers with neurological deficits (invisible disabilities) typically require a higher level of support, knowledge and care than mainstream campers. Special Needs Leaders support campers who would otherwise not be successful in a mainstream environment.

    The following elements are characteristic of our program and special needs staff should be able to develop and maintain the following

    • Maintain a highly structured program especially with regard to daily routines.
    • Provide consistent leadership, supervision and direction with simple rules with regard to appropriate behaviour.
    • Use of natural and logical consequences for encouraging behaviour rather than punishment.
    • Individualize and adapt activities to specific needs encouraging cooperation rather than competition.


    Having regard for the above, staff will:

    • Participate in staff training.
    • Review reports and other documents relating to a campers general health and well-being as well as specific information related to the campers disabilities.
    • Plan for and implement a safe and structured cabin environment.
    • Encourage the progressive development and maintenance of sequencing skills that will support the continued integration of the camper.
    • Encourage and support participation in camp activities, ensuring the provision of extra support where required.
    • Actively observe for indications of stress to ensure a positive and happy experience for each camper.
    • Provide a leadership role within each cabin group to support a safe and enjoyable experience for campers.
    • Submit camper reports and incident reports in a timely manner.


    • Post-secondary education in special needs, youth programs, recreation or related fields.
    • Previous experience working with children, particularly children with invisible disabilities.
    • Previous residential or summer camp experience.
    • Sound planning, organizational, supervisory and communication skills.
    • Well developed written and oral communication skills.
    • Commitment to working cooperatively with other staff and the Camp Director.
    • Current first aid training including CPR

    Other qualifications may include:

    • Strong background in outdoor or wilderness pursuits.
    • Class 4 driver's license.

    Our office is located in Richmond, BC

    Last modified: 12 Mar 2020 12:48 PM | Eureka Outdoor Camp


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