CAMP U of T Scarborough’s volunteer program provides viable work experience for junior high-school students (grades 9 and 10) who will assist Senior Camp Counsellors facilitate day-to-day program activities’ for campers ages 6-12. The volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity for secondary school students to acquire volunteer hours toward their O.S.S.D (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) certificate and a stepping-stone to acquire the knowledge and required skills to be a Junior Counsellor at Camp U of T Scarborough or any other external summer camp.

CAMP U of T Scarborough provides volunteers with a 3-hr orientation prior to the start of camp that outlines what a typical day as a volunteer looks like, volunteer performance expectations, a tour of the program spaces they will work in, and a question and answer period. During the 8- week duration of camp, volunteers receive a formal work performance evaluation and receive informal daily feedback on their performance contributions by the Senior Counsellor assigned to mentor them. Volunteers receive a certificate of accomplishment on the last day of service.

Volunteer Application and Selection Process

Submit a cover letter and resume to Rochelle Welch, Camps Coordinator by April 22 at rwelch@utsc.utoronto.ca. Applicants considered for the interview process are notified by April 30 by the Assistant Camp Director – Kerise O’Neil-Cole. The Assistant Camp Director will contact the selected volunteers and provide them with their volunteer work schedule by May 31.

The cover letter should outline the individual’s summer camp experience and why they are interested in volunteering for Camp U of T Scarborough.

In addition, the cover letter should address the program areas they would be interested in supporting (e.g. computers etc.), in addition to their availability to volunteer in the month of July and/or August; taking into account planned family vacations, summer school, and extracurricular activities.

Note: Due to an increased interest in the volunteer program over the years, a maximum of 20 volunteers will be selected and a total of 20 – 40 volunteer hours will be assigned with the appropriate lunch and break periods assigned. The majority of volunteers will provide support for a 1wk period, however some volunteers may support several weeks of camp. Volunteers assigned 20hrs during a 4-day camp week will work 5hrs daily, those that receive 25hrs during a 5-day camp will work 5hrs daily, those that receive 35hrs per 5-day camp will work 7hrs per day, and those provided 40hrs per 5-day camp will work 8hrs.