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Onondaga Camp


Our staff are the backbone of our camp and the reason so many campers come back year after year. We are looking for energetic and engaging staff who are committed to working in a unique, residential environment. All applicants must be 18 by December 31st 2021 and have previous experience working with children. All counselling staff applicants must have a minimum of Bronze Cross Lifesaving certification or equivalent by the time they arrive at camp. All activity specialists, nursing staff and office staff must have previous experience in their related fields.

Onondaga Camp values the diversity of people. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodation will be provided, on request, to support candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. All responses will be handled with strict confidence. Applications will be monitored as of November 14th for the upcoming summer. Please note only those who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. We look forward to receiving your application!

Staff Applicant FAQs

How do I apply to camp?

You can apply online by clicking here and filling out an online application. If you have any questions before applying, please e-mail Graham MacLellan at

What positions are available?

All available positions will be posted here at November 14th

How old do I need to be to work at camp?

All staff must be at least 18 years old by Dec 31st 2021.

What day do staff start and end?

For our 2021 summer season our staff would be required to start on June 18th and finish on August 27th.

What to bring?

What would my typical day look like?

Click here for a basic Staff Daily Routine. While looking at this you can see what would happen on most days. As a counsellor you would be responsible for waking your campers up in the morning, getting them to meals, running activities during activity periods, running or being a part of our evening programs and putting your campers to bed at night. All while being a guide, role model and support to the campers in your cabin or tent.

What are my accommodations like?

Living accommodations for staff are very similar to our campers. Staff sleep on bunk beds or cots either in a tent on our tent line or in a divided counsellor portion of one of our cabins. Most staff have one or more roommates, depending on the size of their staff cabin.

What qualifications are required?

All of our counsellors and canoe trippers must have, or be willing to obtain, a minimum of a Bronze Cross swimming certification. Additional certifications are required for several jobs. Please contact with any specific questions.

Will I be trained for my job?

Absolutely! We have a full week of staff training before our campers arrive where staff are trained to deal with camper issues, emergencies, activity instruction and plenty more!

Will I work with the same age group and staff all summer?

Our camp is divided into 10 sections. Most of our staff are hired as a counsellor for one of these sections and commonly work with the same staff and age group throughout the summer. There will be many times where a staff would work with staff from other sections (at activities, evening programs etc).

If you have any further questions about applying to be a staff member, please contact Graham MacLellan,