Employment & Volunteer Opportunities

Work at camp!

In 2014, the YMCA of Okanagan moves into its 4th year of operations of Silver Lake Camp, and we offer young people, from the Okanagan Valley and beyond, rewarding camp experiences. We serve approximately 700 campers each summer and 14 school groups through our Outdoor Education programming in May and June.

Please read our 2014 Hiring Package for complete information and application form.

Applications are due February 28, 2014

All positions for the summer have been filled! Please check back next year.

Spring Positions

Program Facilitators

All positions filled.

May 1-June 22, 2014

Program Facilitators serve as instructors for all programs that run at Silver Lake Camp during the spring season. Program Facilitators instruct all water and land-based programs and have a good working knowledge of all program activities that take place at camp. Program Facilitators play a variety of roles during the season including the active delivery of programs, take part in opening each resource area for the season, site maintenance and upgrades, assisting in the kitchen, and general preparations for the summer season in each program area.

While all applicants are welcome to apply for spring positions, preference will be given to those applying for jobs whose descriptions say Spring Position Required/Available.

Summer Positions

Counselling Team

Summer Camp Coordinator

All positions filled.

June 22-August 23, 2014
Daily Rate: $120

The Summer Camp Coordinator is a key leadership position at Silver Lake Camp. The Summer Camp Coordinators are responsible for the coordination, operation and support of programs ensuring their effective and cohesive operation on a day-to-day-basis; the training, support and supervision of all counselling staff; camper wellness and the administering of medications and first aid; administration where/when applicable.


June 22-August 23, 2014
Daily Rate: $82, $86 (NLS or returning counselor), $88 (returning counselor with NLS)

Counsellors lead and care for groups of campers ages 6-14 who come to camp for 2, 4 or 5-night sessions. These staff enthusiastically lead campers in all activities and provide for the individual and group needs of the children in their care, 24 hours a day. Counsellors also give support to Leadership Development 2 participants in counselling placements. Flexibility and a willingness to take on new challenges are essential qualities for counsellors.

Leadership Team

Leadership & Volunteer Coordinator

Position filled.

June 22-August 23, 2014
Daily Rate: $120

The Leadership & Volunteer Coordinator is a key leadership position at camp whose primary role is to work closely with the Leadership Development 1 and 2 Trainers in developing and implementing the leadership program at Silver Lake. The Leadership & Volunteer Coordinator supervises and supports the Leadership Development Trainers by providing constant feedback (both informal and formal) and hands-on instruction to participants. As part of the management team, the Leadership Coordinator will provide input to counselling staff evaluations and help ensure the smooth coordination of service delivery to all participants.

As Volunteer Coordinator this person will support and supervise Silver Lake Camp’s team of volunteers. Ensuring they have adequate opportunities to grow, develop and contribute to the Silver Lake team.

Leadership Development 1 Trainer

Position Filled

June 22-August 23, 2014
Daily Rate: $90

The Leadership Development 1 Trainer will develop and deliver the Leadership Development 1 program with a focus on facilitating personal growth opportunities for participants. The Leadership Development 1 Trainer will provide skill instruction to participants focusing on individual and group leadership, team building, community-based skills, and hard skill development in all camp program areas, supporting them throughout the program and completing participant evaluations at the end of each session.

Leadership Development 2 Trainer

Position Filled

June 22-August 23, 2014
Daily Rate: $90

The focus of the LD2 program is to develop LD2 participant’s “soft skills”, such as communication, counselling skills and team development using both theoretical and practical training. The Leadership Development 2 Trainer requires organization, excellent facilitation skills and experience working with teens in a residential camp setting.

Food Services Team

Food Service Manage

Position Filled

May 1 – August 28, 2014
Spring Position Required
Daily rate: $152

The Food Service Manager is responsible for the overall food service operations at camp. This person is responsible for all purchasing with regards to food supplies, kitchen supplies, and equipment, and is expected to manage the budget of this area. The Food Service Manager ensures that all food is prepared and handled in a safe and healthy manner, and that Public Health guidelines are met. They supervise and support the Assistant Cook and Prep Cooks, and are responsible for establishing a fun and safe working environment in the kitchen. This person also provides leadership to the staff team as a whole and works closely with other area managers at camp to ensure smooth coordination of service delivery to all campers.

Assistant Food Service Manager and Dietary Restrictions Coordinator

Position Filled

May 1 – August 28, 2014
Spring Position Required
Daily rate: $112

The Assistant Food Service Manager & Dietary Restrictions Coordinator works as part of the Food Services team. They provide help and support to the food service and operations of camp through baking, food preparation, food storage, staff coaching, and kitchen cleaning. This staff member will take on the responsibilities of the Food Service Manager during his / her absence; this may include food ordering, menu planning, and inventory control. This person is also responsible for planning and delivering healthy, delicious meals that meet the dietary restrictions of people in our camp community, including dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Kitchen Assistant/Housekeeping

June 22–August 23, 2014
Daily rate: $82

The Kitchen Assistants work as part of the Food Service team. Their primary focus is on working directly with the delivery of food service to campers and staff at Silver Lake Camp. They support the Food Service and operations of camp through food preparation and baking, food storage, by ensuring a clean and sanitary kitchen, and by performing a variety of cleaning duties around camp, in particular dishes.

Volunteer Team

MACKs (Maintenance, Assistant Counsellor, Kitchen)

Pre-camp: June 22-27; volunteer dates of your choosing

Volunteering is a great way to stay involved with camp until you meet the age requirement for employment. Volunteers are asked to make a significant time commitment (minimum 2 weeks) to Silver Lake Camp over the summer months. Each of the 2 weeks will have a different focus, one week will be spent in the kitchen or assisting with facilities and operations tasks, and one week will be spent working directly with a campers, either as an assistant counsellor or as a program assistant (depending on your skills and interests). Pre-camp (June 22 – 27, 2014) attendance is mandatory for all volunteers with the exception of LD participants who may apply to volunteer after the completion of their LD program.

Volunteers must submit a resume and cover letter and will be interviewed.

Silver Lake Administrator

April 14 – August 29, 2014
Located at the Kelowna Family Y
8 hrs/wk

The Silver Lake Administrator is responsible for all administrative functions of camp which includes: coordinating invoicing and payments for spring school groups and rental groups, ensuring each school and rental group receives a copy of our survey, maintain camp rental calendar, organizing cabins and ensuring campers are in cabins with requested cabin mates, summarizing health and dietary/allergy information on cabin lists, manage Adobe PDF form collector, collect and organize camper information forms into binders, send out confirmation emails to parents for each camper form received, confirm camper registration with Member Services, assist with registration, collect t-shirt sizes of early registrants and LD participants and compile shirt sizes, organize and manage camper clothing orders.

Why Work at Silver Lake Camp?

We create a fun environment that campers and staff want to return to year after year. Our wilderness and our commitment to camping excellence ensure that children leave with increased confidence, self-esteem, new skills and an understanding of the importance of our environment. The campers and staff will have a chance to participate in some or all of the following activities:

Camp staff walking tightrope at Silver Lake

  • Canoeing
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Orienteering
  • Campfires
  • Music, Drama, Arts and Crafts
  • Teambuilding
  • High and Low Ropes Course
  • Hiking/backpacking

Working at Silver Lake Camp will provide our staff with practical skills that are useful in all professional paths, not just working with children. Our staff learn and improve on the following transferable skills:

Camp counselor with kid in front of cabin

  • Communication
  • Self-directed team and independent work
  • The ability to lead and be led
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Conflict resolution
  • Discipline and dependability
  • Listening to and learning from professional feedback

We are committed to our staff and invest in their training, support their goals, and evaluate their performance. We believe that every member of our team should have as great an experience as the campers that they are working with.

Thank you for taking the time to look into employment with us.