Camp Counsellor

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth Sutherlands River, Nova Scotia $325.00 to $425.00 per week

Job Title: Camp Counsellor

Reports To: Camp Director

Position Status:  Full Time, Seasonal

Start Date: June 2023 for Summer

Location:  Big Cove Camp, Thorburn, NS

The YMCA is a place where everyone belongs. We are committed to providing equal opportunity for all, in a welcoming space that is both nurturing and fun – in a community of shared responsibilities, where children and families can thrive.

There are lots of places to work, but few opportunities to do work that really matters, and the Y is one of those rare places. When you join our team, you don’t just get a job – you’ll embark on an exciting path in career development. You will be part of a team that provides children, youth, and adults of all ages a sense of belonging in their community.

The Opportunity

Big Cove YMCA Camp is a residential summer camp for children aged 6–16 located in Sutherlands River, Nova Scotia. Big Cove is the oldest residential camp in Canada, founded by the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth in 1889.  At camp, we believe that our exciting programs and dedicated staff are truly the pinnacle of the Big Cove Camp experience. 

Our staff are not only leaders but friends, teachers and role models to all of our campers. Camp staff members are a dedicated group of responsible young adults carefully selected for their character, maturity, skills and sincere interest in the growth and development of youth.  

Counsellors live with and take care of a cabin of 8-10 campers and work alongside a co-counsellor for the summer. 

This position requires strong leadership and independence, teamwork, a caring nature and willingness to have fun. Throughout the summer, counsellors may have the opportunity to have Leadership shadows, take part in a maintenance or kitchen rotation, or be a leader in the 2 week leadership program. 


  • Responsible for the care and supervision of their campers, providing each camper with a positive camping experience
  • Instruct cabin programs as well as interest group programs which include: swimming, canoeing, drama, archery, high ropes and many more
  • Required to live on site during the camp season

Qualifications & Skills

  • Must be 17 years of age by December 31, 2023
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Minimum qualifications: Standard First Aid, Bronze Cross and CPR-C, WHIMIS (NLS strongly recommended – additional $25/week)
  • Recommended qualifications: NLS, Wilderness First Aid, Outdoor Council of Canada, Paddle Canada Certification

Please note that successful candidates are required to provide a current and satisfactory Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check, clear Child Abuse Registry Check, and proof of valid First Aid and CPR training. All YMCA employees are required to attend YMCA Child Protection Training.

Apply Today

Please apply online at by May 31, 2023.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth is an equal opportunity employer that values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify.

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