Cabin Leader

  • Summer
  • New Hamburg
  • Feb 1, 2023

Hidden Acres Camp

Duration: June to August 31 (number of weeks differs for each individual; potential opportunity to start in May)

We have two types of staff who are primarily responsible for our campers, Cabin Leaders and Inclusion Cabin Leaders, both of which are responsible for overall well-being and care of our campers. They differ in that the Inclusion Cabin Leaders have training or experience that has prepared them for working with children and youth who have special needs (examples: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc.). Inclusion Cabin Leaders will therefore spend a larger portion of their time supporting those campers and ensuring they have a positive and successful experience at camp. Whenever there is an inclusion camper in a cabin, there will be two staff members supporting that group of campers.

Requirements for all Staff

– Motivated to make a difference and have a positive impact on our society and community.
– Has a genuine love for, and interest in, working with children, including those who have emotional, physical, behavioural, or developmental special needs, in an inclusive summer camp program.
– Has knowledge of the Christian faith and is willing to work supportively in a faith-based setting.
– Is able to find a healthy balance between following directions and taking initiative to see what needs to be done and do it.
– Is able to find a healthy balance between working hard to accomplish what needs to be done, achieve personal goals, motivate others to have fun while having fun yourself, and contribute to meeting the mission of Hidden Acres.
– Demonstrates flexibility, an ability to change tasks or directions with ease, and is willing to assist cooperatively in a variety of tasks and programs as time allows.
– Displays patience, a commitment to working well with others, and the ability to solve sometimes complex problems. This is all done while maintaining a positive attitude towards others and assigned tasks.
– Model excellent leadership behaviours and participate in all aspects of camp life.
– First Aid, CPR and/or lifeguarding qualifications (NL certification or higher) are an asset, but not required.
– Is able to participate in our two Staff Orientation events: a weekend in May (May 5th-6th) and a week at the end of June (June 25th-30th).

Requirements for the Cabin Leader – Inclusion

– Is able to creatively and enthusiastically organize and effectively lead small and large-group activities for campers and staff.


– Be responsible for the physical, social, emotional and spiritual safety of each camper and your cabin group during both the daytime and overnight.
– Promote a culture within your cabins, and the camp in general, where healthy and inclusive friendships and relationships are built.
– Help campers adjust to camp routines (e.g. getting to activities on time, meal times, etc.), ensure that campers complete daily hygiene routines and support them through challenges that they may face, such as homesickness, difficult group dynamics and a variety of other peer related issues.
– Model excellent leadership behaviours and participate in all aspects of camp life.
– Assist the Summer Program Coordinator by helping lead a variety of fun and engaging program activities (streams, special afternoon events, camp wide games, etc.) depending on your interests, experiences and abilities.
– Be available to help in other areas of the camp program as a member of the staff team when needed.
– Inclusion Cabin Leaders support the work of the Inclusion Facilitator.
– All Cabin Leaders are responsible to the Program Director.

Note: A completed Hidden Acres Staff application and a current police record check for the vulnerable sector are required before starting any Hidden Acres’ staff position.

The mission of Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp and Retreat Centre is to provide a welcoming, peaceful gathering place where diverse groups of people experience life-giving connections with God, one another, and nature. We strive to live out our mission statement in our hiring practices, welcoming and encouraging applications from diverse groups. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. Please let us know how we can help you in the application and hiring process.

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