Camp Triumph relies mostly on volunteer staff. We have volunteers come to camp from a variety of different backgrounds. They bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm. Most of our volunteers fill roles as counsellors, or come to help out in the kitchen. As part of the Camp Triumph staff you will have a blast working with our amazing campers.
Find out how YOU can make a difference
Volunteer Staff Applications
Using the forms below fill out the applications, scan and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to the address provided on the form. You can volunteer for any one or multiple weeks:
Session One: July 20 - 27
Session Two: July 27 - Aug 3
Session Three: Aug 10 - 17
Session Four: Aug 17 - 24
If you’re interested in applying to volunteer this summer, but have more specific questions,
What you would be doing:
Each week, we bring in 10-14 volunteers who serve as camp counsellors for the campers. These volunteers spend the week onsite having fun with the kids and giving them the best experience possible, responsibilities include:
Help to lead activities
Build relationships with the campers
Supervise and look after the needs of the campers as a part of the team of staff.
What we look for:
Committed, capable, passionate individuals who put the needs of campers first. People who enjoy collaborating with others and make a positive impact in the lives of our campers. We want you to be engaged and excited about the camp atmosphere which is displayed in the way you focus on delivering the best experience possible for the campers and fellow staff members.
Mentorship Program - Junior Counsellors
Who is the program for?
This program is offered to 17-18 year olds who have the interest and potential to become Camp Triumph Counsellors in the future. This opportunity will help the participant to further develop their leadership skills and confidence. Although it is not a requirement, it is an asset to have previously participated in the Camp Triumph Leadership Camp. The program is also open to those people who do not qualify to attend Camp Triumph but would like to become involved in our organization as a volunteer.
What will the program entail?
During your week of camp you will be paired with different experienced counsellors. You will assist them in numerous activities including: supervising campers, running and participating in activities, sitting with groups at meal time. This will allow you to learn from our best counsellors and begin to develop your skills. You will be given lots of opportunities to use your skills and interests to help provide all our campers and staff with an incredible week. We ask that each participant in the mentorship program raise at least $200 for Camp Triumph. We encourage you to be creative with this. Upon the successful completion of the program we will be happy to give you an individualized letter of recommendation, which you can use for your portfolio and for applying for scholarships, jobs and to university.
How do I qualify?
Have an interest in developing your potential.
Have a connection to Camp Triumph, or a desire to get involved.
Be an enthusiastic team player.
Be willing to challenge yourself.
How do I apply?
Please remember that we ask the mentorship participants to fundraise a minimum of $200.
What are those in the program called?
Junior Counsellors. Those in the program are no longer a camper and are now a part of the staff in a “learn on the job” type of environment.
Paid Staff Positions
Each year, we hire a core staff made up of 7-9 individuals who look after the planning, preparation, and operation of camp. This is a tight-knit team of highly motivated individuals, all with varying sets of skills and whose main focus is to deliver the best experience possible for our campers.
These positions include: Program Coordinators, Core Counsellors, Waterfront Coordinator, Head Counsellor, First Aid Coordinator, and Camp Cook.
Interested and qualified candidates should look for our job postings every January to submit their applications for summer employment.
About – Our Staff
Camp Triumph would not be possible without the tremendous dedication and enthusiasm of our staff. These people take time off from their jobs and dedicate a week or more of their summer to volunteer at camp and provide a supportive and fun environment for our campers. Many give time year round to make this camp possible.
All activities are supervised by trained staff who ensure everyone has a great time in a safe and positive environment.
Reflections over the years from some of our staff...
From Emily Chiasson,
As a medical student, my days are filled with learning about physiological processes, diseases, illnesses and how to treat them. I am often in awe of what the human body is capable of and the way it expresses the signs and symptoms of illness.
Because it is so easy to get caught up in the details of a disease, illness or disability, my medical program tries to encourage us to treat the person first, in context of their reason for seeking health care. I know that in theory this seems like a basic, logical, and fairly easy concept to remember, but I have a feeling that in practice, when things are busy and time is at a premium, that this concept gets forgotten a little more often than it should.
From Allie Lannan,
Before this summer, I had never worked as a residential camp counsellor and had no idea what to expect, working with both counsellors and campers whom I’d never met. From the moment I arrived I immediately felt as if I was part of a team and wasn’t treated any differently for being the youngest amongst the group.
I was so excited when I got to meet “my girls”, and loved acting as the big sister, not only to my girls, but also to all of the rest of the girls at camp. It’s not every day that you go to a camp and get to know every child on a personal basis, or when you go to say good-night to a few kids, you end up going around to all 20 giving them bed time hugs and having sing-alongs to Camp Rock and the Spice Girls!
From Tim Holland,
Being a counsellor at Camp Triumph is easily one of the best experiences of my life. It is a wild emotional roller-coaster that grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go. This roller-coaster carries you back to all the crazy highs of childhood.
Sometimes in our everyday life we get too caught up in pretending to be adults, but Camp Triumph tears away all these unnecessary habits. There’s nothing like chasing your shadow around in circles to remember why it’s great to be alive. Waking up to kids laughing is by far a much better incentive to get going in the morning than an alarm clock buzzing in your ear (even if you are waking up three hours earlier than usual).
From Kathi Sheriko,
Camp Triumph gives kids a chance to let go of the stresses of their lives for a time. So what gives them a sense of belonging to a special group who shares their feelings, challenges and triumphs? I have the rare opportunity to step back and watch the interactions that take place throughout every camp. What I witness gives me a feeling of hope, pride and an overwhelming sense that despite the hardships, life has so much to give.
The Kitchen - By Debbie Fredericks
Camp Triumph has a big appetite to say the least! From dawn ‘til darkness, kids and counsellors are extremely active and so they come for meals hungry and they dig right in. They arrive for breakfast to fuel up for a busy morning and again for lunch and supper, always curious about the menu and appreciative of the cooks’ efforts. I have been a member of the kitchen staff for three summers, but since I am not much of a cook, I tend to ﬁll the role of preparing the meal hall, preparing the vegetables, washing the endless (literally!) cooking dishes, etc., and leaving most of the real cooking to the experts. And so, I feel free to sing the praises of the cooks at Camp Triumph.
The View From The Kitchen - By Megan Brown
“I’m here to make pancakes, peel potatoes, ﬁgure out what to do with carrots the size of small children and make sure the supply of Just Us coffee never runs out“…but I can’t help but be affected by the lives of the campers. I think of the myriad of reasons why these kids are here. They come from families affected by everything from gambling and drug addictions to cancer, autism and MS. I marvel at the courage it takes when you’re a child and yet have to assume the duties and responsibilities of an adult. I wonder about the quiet acceptance these kids have of their situation; their realization that what most of their peers take for granted is not even remotely possible for them. Simple things - like a Dad who can teach you to play soccer or a Mom who can guide you through the chaos and confusion of the feminine hygiene section at the drug store. For most of these kids the week at Camp Triumph is the only holiday experience the summer has to offer.