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Dave Hnatiuk  Camp Director Camp Woods
Dave Hnatiuk
Camp Director
Camp Name: Redbeard

Redbeard (aka Scouter Dave Hnatiuk) has been the Camp Director at Camp Woods since November 2016. Redbeard first got involved in Scouts when he enrolled his son in Cubs 2009. The following summer he participated in Family Training Event for his first time where he earned his Scouting name (while speaking in a pirate voice as the participants played a parachute game with the Cubs at the event).

Since then, Redbeard has always strived to ensure that the youth in Scouting are being empowered by working his way through to being part of the training team and a founding member of the Western Training Team. While Redbeard does try to stay involved in Scouts, much of that time is spent volunteering at Camp Woods to ensure that improvements and maintenance are returned to a standard of which Scouts can be proud.

Join Our Team

Working at Camp Woods is a life changing and upmost experience. Our small staff team becomes a family of hard working and caring individuals. Our staff shares a common bond and love for Scouting, the outdoors, adventure, working with children, and developing self-worth. Staff are supported from the day they are hired until the last day of camp. We take the time to provide hands on, experiential training and give time for staff to develop the skills they will require to do the job.

  • Qualifications
  • Camp Woods is interested in staff who:

    • Are fully committed to the summer camp experience
    • Are youth focused
    • Enjoy being outdoors and comfortable in all types of weather
    • Are not afraid to participate in all camp activity along side campers
    • Can accept constructive feedback and have full open communication
    • Are willing to go above and beyond to help out in all areas and aspects of camp
    • Can accept that camp is NOT a 9 to 5 job
    • Will work evenings and weekends
    • Can commit to living, breathing and being at camp
    • Can abide by and follow all camp policies and procedures
    • Willing to submit to Scouts Canada's screening requirements
  • Benefits
  • What are the benefits of working at camp?

    • Training, to gain experience and knowledge of our programs and its delivery. All staff are paid during staff training.
    • First Aid certification. Is offered to our staff in the spring at no cost to our staff.
    • Very little expenses over the summer. We cover your room and board and pay you while you are working at camp.
    • Experience and resume building. Camp adds a lot to anybody’s resume for future employment opportunity.
  • What Can you Expect?
  • What can you expect from Camp?

    • A place to stay: All staff are provided with full room and board while working at camp. Our onsite cook that will provide all staff and participants with meals and snacks. Staff have access to a common kitchen and make their own meals, also sharing the responsibility of cooking, organizing and cleaning up after each other. Staff will live on site in one of our rustic cabins, tents or yurts with access to full bathrooms, showers and laundry close by.
    • Salary: All staff are paid for the great job they do throughout the spring and summer at our camps. Salary is based on the job position and the number of seasons at camp.
    • Staff Training: All staff will take part in mandatory staff training which takes place at the beginning of summer. We will cover all aspects of camp life, our programs and procedures. Once training begins, applicable staff will be expected to be at camp for the duration of the training. At Camp Woods staff can expect a variety of experiences and adventures with a lot of hard work and effort. We always have fun and camp definitely makes for a rewarding and exciting summer.

    Available Camp Jobs

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  • Camp Counsellor
  • Objective: Support the Scouting mission and programs by acting as the primary caregivers to campers. The Camp Counsellor is responsible for the planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.

    Reporting to: Camp Director

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
    • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times,
    • Be aware and implement safety guidelines.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of weekend program activities within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of summer camp program activities within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
    • Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
    • Ensure campers receive their medications as directed by Camp Director.
    • Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and /or health problems and discuss with Camp Director when appropriate.
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.
    • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
    • Set a good example to campers and others in regards to general camp procedures.
    • Model all applicable risk management policies and procedures by program participants, volunteers and employees.
    • Ensure you have read, understand and role model camp staff code of conduct.

    Secondary responsibilities:

    • Keep the Archery range, Aspire Challenge Tower, Bouldering Wall, Obstacle Course, Waterfront and all other areas clean, orderly, and free from hazards and ensure that everything is hung up and drying.
    • Supervise Climbing and Bouldering Wall and Canoeing as required.
    • Other assignments may include maintenance and repairs especially if program needs are at a minimum.
    • Meet and greet camp users as they arrive and assist them in getting their program schedule organized, coordinating with other camp users.
    • Maintain and run program areas that need qualified persons to run them if the group does not have qualifications.
    • Other Duties as assigned by camp management.

    Qualifications:

    • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
    • Standard First Aid and CPR – Wilderness First Aid an Asset
    • Experience working with a variety of age groups
    • Be physically fit and enjoy camping and the outdoors
    • Be able to provide a police record check clear of criminal conviction.
    • Must be willing to become a member of Scouts Canada and to submit to a screening process.
    • Must be willing to abide by the Mission and Principles of Scouting.
    • Scouting experience would be an asset
    • Outdoor and nature interpretive skills an asset
    • Out Tripping experience would be an asset
    • Rock Climbing experience would be an asset

    Working conditions:

    • The Camp Counsellor works in a camp environment and must be willing to abide by the wage exemption in reference to number of hours of work each day as set out by the Alberta Labor Board and the Alberta Camping Association.
    • The Camp Counsellor will be required to live at camp for the period of their contract.
    • The Camp Counsellor will be required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • The Camp Counsellor will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • The Camp Counsellor will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • The Camp Counsellor will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operations the Camp Counsellors may receive two days off a week

    Application and Hiring:

    • Only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted
    • Apply by submitting an online application form
    • Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled

    Questions or for more Information contact:

    Dave "Redbeard" Hnatiuk, Camp Director
    2124 Township Rd 392, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1X6
    Email: dave.hnatiuk@scouts.ca

  • Adventure Facilitator & Maintenance
  • Objective: Support the Scouting mission and programs by acting as the primary caregivers to campers. The Adventure Facilitator is responsible for the planning, teaching, facilitating, and carrying out of high adventure activities for campers and participants in their personal growth and daily living skills.

    Reporting to: Camp Director

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Apply basic youth development principals in working with campers through communication, relation development, and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
    • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times,
    • Be aware and implement safety guidelines.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of weekend program activities within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of summer camp program activities within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Maintain in good working order the safe operation of the following adventure program activity areas including the completion of daily, weekly & monthly site inspections and written log up keep. Provide safety information and give feedback to the Senior Program Coordinator in regards to high adventure equipment.
      • Aspire Challenge Tower
      • Bouldering Wall
      • Low Ropes
    • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
    • Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
    • Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and /or health problems and discuss with the Camp Director when appropriate.
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior
    • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures
    • Set a good example to campers and others in regards to general camp procedures
    • Model all applicable risk management policies and procedures by program participants, volunteers and employees.
    • Ensure you have read, understand and role model camp staff code of conduct

    Secondary responsibilities:

    • Work with our Camp Director to assistant in daily camp maintenance projects and assignments
    • Attend to assigned daily and weekly routing tasks including restocking of supplies, cleaning of outhouses and washrooms, fire pit checks, firewood prep, garbage & recycling.
    • Maintain and run program areas that need qualified persons to run them if the group does not have qualifications.
    • Other Duties as assigned by camp management.

    Qualifications:

    • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
    • Standard First Aid and CPR
    • Certified Level 1 – Spotting & Element Specialty an asset or available to be trained
    • Experience working with a variety of age groups
    • Be physically fit and enjoy camping and the outdoors
    • Be able to provide a police record check clear of criminal conviction.
    • Must be willing to become a member of Scouts Canada and to submit to a screening process.
    • Must be willing to abide by the Mission and Principles of Scouting.
    • Scouting experience would be an asset
    • Outdoor and nature interpretive skills an asset

    Working conditions:

    • The Adventure Facilitator works in a camp environment and must be willing to abide by the wage exemption in reference to number of hours of work each day as set out by the Alberta Labor Board and the Alberta Camping Association.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will be required to live at Camp Woods for the period of their contract.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will be required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods ofoperations the staff may receive two days off a week

    Application and Hiring:

    • Only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted
    • Apply by submitting an online application form
    • Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled

    Questions or for more Information contact:

    Dave "Redbeard" Hnatiuk, Camp Director
    2124 Township Rd 392, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1X6
    Email: dave.hnatiuk@scouts.ca

  • Adventure Facilitator & Rental Groups
  • Objective: Support the Scouting mission and programs by acting as the primary caregivers to campers. The Adventure Facilitator is responsible for the planning, teaching, facilitating, and carrying out of high adventure activities for campers and participants in their personal growth and daily living skills.

    Reporting to: Camp Director

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Apply basic youth development principals in working with campers through communication, relation development, and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
    • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times,
    • Be aware and implement safety guidelines.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of weekend program activities within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of summer camp program activities within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Maintain in good working order the safe operation of the following adventure program activity areas including the completion of daily, weekly & monthly site inspections and written log up keep. Provide safety information and give feedback to the Senior Program Coordinator in regards to high adventure equipment.
      • Climbing & Repelling Tower
      • Bouldering Wall
      • Low Ropes Course
    • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
    • Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of personal health needs.
    • Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and /or health problems and discuss with the Camp Director when appropriate.
    • Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior
    • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures
    • Set a good example to campers and others in regards to general camp procedures
    • Model all applicable risk management policies and procedures by program participants, volunteers and employees.
    • Ensure you have read, understand and role model camp staff code of conduct

    Secondary responsibilities:

    • Meet and Greet with our rental groups by facilitating a camp community meeting with each
    • Work with our rental groups to assist in the daily scheduling and planning oftheir program
    • Update daily staff schedule for rental group activity assignments
    • Maintain and run program areas that need qualified persons to run them if the group does not have qualifications.
    • Other Duties as assigned by camp management.

    Qualifications:

    • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
    • Standard First Aid and CPR
    • Certified Level 1 – Spotting & Element Specialty an asset or available to be trained
    • Experience working with a variety of age groups
    • Be physically fit and enjoy camping and the outdoors
    • Be able to provide a police record check clear of criminal conviction.
    • Must be willing to become a member of Scouts Canada and to submit to a screening process.
    • Must be willing to abide by the Mission and Principles of Scouting.
    • Scouting experience would be an asset
    • Outdoor and nature interpretive skills an asset

    Working conditions:

    • The Adventure Facilitator works in a camp environment and must be willing to abide by the wage exemption in reference to number of hours of work each day as set out by the Alberta Labor Board and the Alberta Camping Association.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will be required to live at Camp Woods for the period of their contract.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will be required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • The Adventure Facilitator will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods ofoperations staff may receive two days off a week

    Application and Hiring:

    • Only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted
    • Apply by submitting an online application form
    • Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled

    Questions or for more Information contact:

    Dave "Redbeard" Hnatiuk, Camp Director
    2124 Township Rd 392, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1X6
    Email: dave.hnatiuk@scouts.ca

  • Lifeguard
  • Objective: Support the Scouting mission and programs by providing supervision, engaging programs and activities, and ensuring a safe environment at our camps pool/waterfront.

    Reporting to: Camp Director

    Primary Responsibilities (lifeguard duties & waterfront maintenance) :

    • Ensures that the waterfront area is being used safely and in accordance with Camp, Alberta Camping Association, Government and Scouts Canada policies.
    • Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise fun and engaging waterfront programs and special events.
    • Ensures that all campers know all of the rules and regulations and expectations for using the waterfront area at Camp.
    • Waterfront maintenance as required by health regulations.
    • Life guarding and assisting with swimming lessons or canoeing or program requirements as required.

    Secondary responsibilities (when not required at the waterfront):

    • When not at the waterfront or engaged in waterfront maintenance all staff are expected to support other camp programs and assisting Scouting and non Scouting user groups.
    • Maintain and run program areas that need qualified persons to run them if the group does not have qualified people. This could include the archery range, obstacle course, climbing wall/tower.
    • Keep all program areas clean, orderly, and free from hazards and ensure that everything is hung up and drying.
    • Other duties as assigned by camp management.

    Qualifications:

    • Enthusiastic and positive attitude
    • Current NL and Red Cross and/or Lifesaving Instructor.
    • Lifeguarding Experience an asset.
    • Current First Aid and CPR
    • Canoeing certifications an asset
    • Have experience working with young people
    • Be physically fit and enjoy camping and the outdoors
    • Be able to provide a police record check clear of criminal conviction.
    • Must be willing to become a member of Scouts Canada and to submit to a screening process.
    • Must be willing to abide by the Mission and Principles of Scouting.
    • Scouting Experience would be an asset

    Working conditions:

    • Lifeguards work in a camp environment and must be willing to abide by the wage exemption in reference to number of hours of work each day as set out by the Alberta Labor Board and the Alberta Camping Association
    • Lifeguards will be required to live at Camp Impeesa for the period of their contract
    • Lifeguards will be required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp
    • Lifeguards will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment
    • Lifeguards will receive meals while at camp.
    • Lifeguards will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods ofoperations the lifeguards may receive two days off a week

    Application and Hiring:

    • Only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted
    • Apply by submitting an online application form
    • Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled

    Questions or for more Information contact:

    Dave "Redbeard" Hnatiuk, Camp Director
    2124 Township Rd 392, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1X6
    Email: dave.hnatiuk@scouts.ca

  • Dining Hall Steward
  • Objective: Support the Mission of Scouting by assisting in the preparing and serving of nutritious meals and in the maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of the kitchen and dining hall.

    Reporting to: Accountable to the Cook and/or Camp Director

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Assist in the daily operations of the camp food service
      • Prepare foods including washing and peeling
      • Set up food, supplies, and utensils for dinning hall
      • Assist campers during food service
      • Store food and leftovers at proper temperature
    • Assist in routine sanitation of the kitchen, dining hall and related equipment
      • Clean and maintain all food preparation, serving and storage areas
      • Wash all dishes, serving and preparation equipment, and utensils according to regulated washing methods and temperatures
      • Reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle as much as possible
    • Assist in the preparation and packaging of food for use outside the camp and dining hall
      • Work with cooks and other staff in reviewing pack out requests to ensure adequate and accurate amounts and variety
      • Prepare and store pack out food according to camp and health care code procedures

    Secondary responsibilities:

    • Ensure full compliance to all applicable risk management policies and procedures by program participants, volunteers and employees.
    • Support other camp programs by participating in camp activities when otherwise not engaged in kitchen duties

    Qualifications:

    • Desire to work in food service setting
    • Knowledge of standards of food preparation and serving, storage of food, kitchen procedures is helpful
    • Standard First Aid and CPR C an asset.
    • Must be willing to become a member of Scouts Canada and to submit to a screening process.
    • Must be willing to abide by the Mission and Principles of Scouting.

    Working conditions:

    • Dining hall stewards must be willing to abide by the wage exemption in reference to number of hours of work each day as set out by the Alberta Labor Board and the Alberta Camping Association for working at a residential camp.
    • All efforts will be made to give the Dining hall stewards a minimum of one full day off a week, mid week, at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operation, the Dining hall stewards may receive two days off a week.
    • Dining hall stewards will be required to live at camp for the duration of their contract
    • Dining hall stewards will be required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp
    • Dining hall stewards will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment
    • Dining hall stewards will receive meals while at camp.

    Application and Hiring:

    • Only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted
    • Apply by submitting an online application form
    • Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled

    Questions or for more Information contact:

    Dave "Redbeard" Hnatiuk, Camp Director
    2124 Township Rd 392, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1X6
    Email: dave.hnatiuk@scouts.ca

  • Cook
  • Objective: Support the Mission of Scouting through the overall management of the food-service operation of Camp Woods including the purchasing, preparation, nutrition, service, sanitation, personnel management, customer service, and record keeping.

    Reporting to: Accountable to the Cook and/or Camp Director

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Manage the daily operations of the camp food and dining service including kitchen and dinning hall.
      • Planning and preparation of nutritionally balanced camp menu, snacks, and pack out food, using the Canada Food Guide as a point of reference taking into consideration that calories burned at camp are typically higher than normal.
      • Provide standardized recipes.
      • Ensure that meals meet all participant special dietary requirements
      • Ensure kitchen and dining hall meet all health regulations.
      • Ensure safe and efficient preparation and serving of camp meals.
      • Ensure the service of camp meals through directing the work of other employees.
    • Maintain upkeep of kitchen, its equipment, and facilities:
      • Maintain inventory of food and household supplies.
      • Order food and kitchen supplies consistent with menus and enrollment counts.
      • Clean, sanitize, and maintain all food services areas, including kitchen, dining hall, storage.
      • Inspect equipment and ensure that it is repaired as necessary.
      • Promote practices that seek to reduce waste, reuse items, and recycle as much as possible.
    • Manage all administrative and human-resources functions with regard to kitchen.
      • Monitor employee performance and training
      • Plan, coordinate, schedule, and supervise all kitchen staff
    • Lead the daily operations of the camp's food service
      • Prepare and cook food as the menu indicates utilizing frying, boiling, broiling, steaming, and roasting
      • Prepare foods including washing and pealing
      • Bake breads, pastries, muffins, etc.
      • Set up food, supplies, and utensils for dining hall


    Secondary responsibilities:

    • Ensures that all kitchen staff know all of the rules and regulations of camp.
    • Ensure full compliance to all applicable risk management policies and procedures by program participants, volunteers and employees.
    • Support other camp programs and activities by coordinating kitchen programs with other camp programs.
    • Support other camp programs by participating in camp activities when otherwise not engaged in kitchen duties.
    • Provide opening inventory at beginning of summer, closing inventory at end of summer and final report at end of summer.

    Qualifications:

    • Experience in institutional or large food service setting.
    • Ability to work with management with minimal supervision.
    • Knowledge of and experience in food service, ordering, inventory, budgeting, food preparation, family-style serving, buffet serving, cleaning, and institutional equipment.
    • Must hold safe food handling certifications.
    • Experience in supervision
    • Have experience working at a residential camp
    • Be physically fit and enjoy camping and the outdoors
    • Scouting Experience would be an asset
    • Standard First Aid and CPR C
    • Must be willing to become a member of Scouts Canada and to submit to a screening process.
    • Must be willing to abide by the Mission and Principles of Scouting.

    Working conditions:

    • The Cook must be willing to abide by the wage exemption in reference to number of hours of worked each day as set out by the Alberta Labor Board and the Alberta Camping Association for working at a residential camp.
    • All efforts will be made to give the Cook a minimum of one full day off a week, mid week, at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operation, the Cook may receive two days off a week.
    • The Cook will be required to live at Camp Woods for the duration of their employment.
    • The Cook will be required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp
    • The Cook will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment
    • The Cook will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.

    Application and Hiring:

    • Only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted
    • Apply by submitting an online application form
    • Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled

    Questions or for more Information contact:

    Dave "Redbeard" Hnatiuk, Camp Director
    2124 Township Rd 392, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1X6
    Email: dave.hnatiuk@scouts.ca