Overnight Camp Supervisor at Catching the Spirit Youth Society in Burnaby, BC
This summer, I am working as a Camp Supervisor with CTS Youth Society, a non-profit summer camp that runs weekend overnight camps and weekday day camps in parks throughout the Vancouver area for youth 12-18.
At the beginning of the term, I worked with the other supervisors to prep supplies for camp, help train the leaders, and work with the CTS’ partners to prepare for camps.
Once July and August hit, my focus shifted to running camps. At camp, my partner and I act as the adults on site, maintaining the safety of the group, and facilitating activities, but also as mentors to the Peer Leaders (youth 15-18), who plan and run many of the activities at camp.
I have learned a lot about the background work and consideration that goes into running a program in a non-profit organization. As well, I have developed my skills in maintaining relationships with partners, communicating with clients (parents) in a friendly and professional manner, and program facilitation and mentorship!
I’ve also had the opportunity to share some of what we are learning in our Forestry classes at camp. Topics such as, ecology, plant ID, and the ecological and social impacts of our infrastructure (i.e. dams). It has been super rewarding to share these fun, interesting, and important topics with youth and hopefully inspire them to more aware and to care about nature, each other, and the world around us!
I joined co-op to learn about and experience the variety of career opportunities available as a forestry student. I am thankful for these opportunities and think jobs like this help to show the variety of jobs that are available!