The Warwa Staff Experience
Why Work at Camp Warwa?
Working at Camp Warwa is a total blast! It’s the kind of job that attracts the best kind of people. All our staff are committed to making a difference in the lives of children.
Working with children in an outdoor setting is an exciting and active lifestyle that brings out the awe of discovery and realization of one’s self and others. We encourage our staff to help children set and achieve goals while at camp and to also set goals for themselves and achieve those goals throughout their time spent at camp.
Camp Warwa is dedicated to being a leader in the field of outdoor education in Alberta and Canada. We are committed to offering the highest quality learning experience possible for our clients and staff team.
Staff will learn a wide variety of skills that include: program facilitation, out-tripping facilitation, counselling strategies, and personal communication strategies.
Before you send us your cover letter and resume, be sure to read through our Outdoor Education and Summer Camp areas on the website.
Location & Scope
Camp is located on Lac Ste. Anne, 80km west of Edmonton. We have two main programs: Outdoor School and Summer Camp. Summer Camp is June-July and Outdoor School operates the remaining 10 months of the year.
We see over 7000 participants a year between Outdoor School and Summer Camp. We can have up to 120 participants in Outdoor School and up to 112 campers in the summer.
Working at Warwa is an intense experience and is extremely rewarding for the children you impact and for your own personal growth.
We offer training to staff in all our program areas, Non-violent Communication, Clean Communication, Success Counselling, out-tripping facilitation (Summer Camp specific), and a variety of other strategies to becoming a successful Warwa staff member and an improved person.
Before you arrive at camp, you will be asked to read our staff manual in full so you have an understanding of all our philosophies and principles.
In Outdoor School staff will share a room that has a bunk bed and a closet and dresser combination. In summer camp, staff will live in the counsellor room next to their campers. Camp provides meals when groups are on site; otherwise it is fending for yourself.
Warwa staff have access to wireless satellite internet; local phone; staff lounge with kitchenette, couches, TV, bathroom, and a fridge/freezer; laundry facilities; and all staff are welcome to use Warwa equipment and program areas after receiving the proper training needed.
We begin our spring season at the end of April with a weeklong training. We hire 15 staff to run our Outdoor School Programs. During this season (as well as fall), staff will begin the day with set up of activities as early as 8am and be finished no later than 9pm. The day includes three 30 minute breaks after meals. At 9pm, the chaperones for the group will oversee the group and Camp Warwa staff are on time off.
The majority of groups are elementary & high school groups during the week and scouting & guide groups on weekends. We also see university sports teams, community groups, youth groups, and some re-habilitation programs.
As a staff member you will be responsible for a group of 15 participants during the day and then the entire group during full group activates along with the other Warwa staff on the group.
Other Warwa staff responsibilities include: attending meal times, facilitating at meal times, interacting with clients during free time, cleaning cabins, and cleaning the washhouse facilities.
During Outdoor School, you will work an equivalent to 5 days on, 2 days off.
Our summer camp begins with a week of training for all staff (including spring staff). Our summer camp begins on Monday mornings and campers return home after dinner on Friday. Time off begins on Friday evening and staff are expected back at camp for Monday morning before registration begins (or will be on the bus into Edmonton).
The majority of our sessions are one week long, with the exception of the Counsellor-in-Training program which is 2 weeks long.
We run programs for campers aged 7-16. The campers have a mix of free choice, cabin based programs, and all campers go on an out-trip.
In summer camp, the daily schedule starts at 7:15am for most counsellors with the first activities before breakfast begin at 7:45am. Daily campfire ends at 9pm. After campfire, younger groups begin the evening routines and older campers have additional reflection time. Warwa staff sleep in an adjacent room from the campers and are responsible for their campers 24 hours a day.
Current Job Openings
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