Why work at Camp Robin Hood?
Because you’ll have so much fun that you won’t believe that you’re actually getting paid too! And there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you are responsible for the smiles and sheer joy that campers will get from being at camp with you. Where else can you combine tickles, smiles and sillies with amazing young campers, with making your own forever friendships with other staff.. Oh, and don’t forget… Camp leadership is there to support you and help you develop skills both in pre-camp training and throughout the summer.
Our family owned and operated environment has been a leader in day camp programs for 70 years, boasting a long, exciting history. We have a very unique environment that is only a short drive from downtown Toronto, but feels like we are at overnight camp located hours away from the city. It’s also one of the only places where children and staff with special needs are fully integrated into the program. Here, many of our former staff gained their first experience working with children who have special needs, helping them choose future careers in fields like: teaching, therapy, educational assistant, support worker and more.
Overall we think we can attribute the success of Camp Robin Hood to our commitment to both providing children with a positive summer experience and hiring, training and supporting the greatest staff to lead the way! (Hey-We could be talking about you!)
Being a counsellor for children at camp is an experience that I believe is helping me grow into the person I aim to be. After being a camper for eight years, being a staff member gives me the feeling of giving back to the community. I had amazing staff whom I still model my behaviour after, and I feel lucky to be able to pass that on.
On a personal level, I want to thank you for being caring, energetic, and accommodating to me. I appreciate that you treated me as a friend rather than one employee amongst the 270.
- Kyle F.
What do we look for in our staff?
Simple. We look for the best young people out there. People who have the ability to be a positive role model for campers, work well with other staff, people who get what being part of the Camp Robin Hood team is all about and those that are eager to learn new skills and improve on others. After all, at the end of the summer you should know that you have grown as a person and acquired valuable skills for future employment. It is important to know that a camp job, is a very real job! It requires lots of energy, enthusiasm and stamina. A Robin Hood staff member is someone who places the needs of our campers first, can be silly yet safe, relates to the children yet can be the adult to set the boundaries.
Is that you? We hope so. Because if it is, you are in for the summer of your life!
I haven’t been able to decide when I had more fun at camp; when I was 7 and spending my first summer at camp or when I was 16 working my first summer at camp. Camp Robin Hood will always have a special place in my heart.
- Daniel S.
Still wondering why this is the best job in the world?
If making money is a top priority, you will be better off planting trees, working in a factory, labouring on a construction site or serving in a restaurant with a reputation for big tippers. A counsellor’s job has many non-monetary benefits: enjoying the outdoors, working with old and new friends, access to camp activities, the satisfaction of teaching and learning from the campers and knowing that you made a difference in the lives of children in your care.
When the day comes that you need to commit to a job that requires your presence 50 weeks a year, you will discover that the characteristics and skills honed at camp are very marketable: your patience, perseverance, flexibility and creativity and your ability to lead, to communicate, to be a team member and to relate to all kinds of people.
Camp directors write many reference letters for former staff aspiring to be teachers, doctors, lawyers or leaders in business. The skills learned at camp will positively influence your success at school, at work and in personal relationships for the rest of your life. What better preparation for parenthood is there than being a camp counsellor?
Written with permission from the Ontario Camps Association publication “How to be a Camp Counsellor…the best job in the world!
I wanted to thank you, not only for the great reference letters you provided me with, but also helping me over the last five years to decide I wanted to continue on my path in becoming a veterinarian. You have provided me with the opportunity to work with children, adults, and animals (all clientele I will be dealing with in my career) in a very supportive environment. I have met many people at Robin Hood that I will keep in contact with hopefully for the rest of my life. You have dealt with many teenagers (myself included) in very transitionary parts of their lives, and through direct and indirect actions, helped them become who they are today. Now, in part to your’s and Sari’s influence, I am now following my dream by attending veterinary school. Thank You.
- George R.
At pre camp, you said that being a camp counsellor was the best job you could ever have. After working this summer at Robin Hood, I can say that I completely agree with you. I enjoyed every second of every day at camp.
- Jamie C.
A letter to our Camp Director…
First off I would like to thank you for the most amazing summer! I had an absolute blast! Being in Home & Away for the second year feels like such an amazing privilege as I learn something new every year. People say camp is not a real job, however, like you said previously, there is nothing more real than taking care of other people’s children. I would like to personally thank you for everything that you do for me in the summer! You always make me feel like I am part of an amazing team. I absolutely love camp because of all the amazing laughs, memories and friendships that develop over such a short period of time. I must say, you and Sari are both AMAZING bosses! I have worked for many different people and no one can compare to both of you! Your generosity, and hospitality is most definitely noticed. You are always putting your staff first! I just wanted to take this time to really thank you for being such an amazing person and making sure that your staff and campers are always doing well and having fun around camp! Thank you once again! I hope to see you soon!
- Daniela I.
So, want to join us for Summer 2018 and have a fantastic summer experience? Well, chances are it’s not going to happen if you’re flipping burgers or stocking shelves. Well we want to meet you!
We’ve already started hiring for the summer of 2018 so click on the link below to set up an online staff profile and start your application.
Start your application now
Working at Robin Hood was such an amazing experience and I am so grateful that you gave me the opportunity to have this experience, it was truly life-changing. Meeting all these amazing campers and staff gave me so much motivation this summer and I am so excited to see everyone next year! Knowing that I have made a change in at least one person’s life and knowing that I have made a child laugh every single day at camp has helped my mental health dramatically. I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a person because of camp and I am very happy with who I am because of this.
- Edan T.
Positions we’re hiring for
- Cabin Counsellor*: Supervising and participating in activities with boys or girls in one of the various age groups from ages 4-13 years-old.
- Specialty Instructor*: Planning activities and teaching campers skills in one of our activity areas.
- Sports Academy Coach*: Supervising and participating in sports with boys or girls in one of the various age groups from ages 6-13 years-old.
- Special Needs Counsellor*: Working directly with a camper who requires extra support to help them integrate into a regular cabin group.
- Swim Instructor/Lifeguard*: Teaching daily swimming lessons to various campers each day.
- Home & Away Counsellor*: Supervising campers in our Home & Away program while they’re at Camp Robin Hood and then spending two weeks with the same campers while they’re at Camp Walden.
- Camp Nurse: Working with our health care team to care for all of our campers needs.
- Section Head: Supervising staff and campers in a specific age group, speaking to parents regularly, planning programs and ensuring that those campers, staff and parents have a positive experience and make great memories.
- Lead Instructor*: Supervising our Specialty Instructors and overseeing the planning of activities and instruction of skills in one of our activity areas.
- Lead Coach*: Supervising our Sports Academy Coaches and overseeing the instruction of skills and planning of activities for our sports programs.
*Positions with an ‘*‘ are available to students who will be attending secondary or post-secondary school in September only.