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

    Reporting to: Camp Director/Summer Program Coordinator

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Assist the Camp Director and Summer Program Coordinator in planning, leading, and actively participating in staff training. This will include modules on programming, safety policies and procedures, camper care, etc.
    • Ensure the development and implementation of daily/weekly program schedules, including any special days or meals.
    • Developing weekly schedules, counselling pairs and cabin groups in consultation with the Summer Program Coordinator.
    • Prepare weekly medical, behavioural and food related documentation and provide to essential personnel.
    • Prepare and facilitate staff engagements, including Morning Briefing, Evening Staff Meetings and Staff Personal Development session in consultation with Summer Program Coordinator.
    • Actively engage, and be punctual, to all staff engagements, including Morning Briefing, Evening Staff Meetings, Staff Personal Development sessions and Camp Woods Management Team Meetings.
    • Actively observe all program areas in use and document recommendations for improvement, along with reporting any violations of Camp Woods Policies and Procedures.
    • Ensure the understanding and compliance of the Camp Woods Policies and Procedures with counselling team.
    • Be vigilant of all counsellors and identify when a break is required. You should then remove the counsellor on duty from the situation and fill in for them as required.
    • Allocate available Camp Woods resources to ensure smooth camp operations (i.e. requesting that a counsellor not on duty assist in the kitchen).
    • Maintain required documentation related to program plans, incident reports and other administrative functions.

    Secondary responsibilities:

    • Assist with completion of end of session site cleaning and inventory of resources.
    • Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of all program areas, including Archery, Aspire Challenge Tower, Bouldering Wall, Obstacle Course, Waterfront, to mitigate any hazards.
    • Upon request, plan and run program areas that require a qualified person outside of the summer camp program (i.e. rental groups)
    • Assist in any maintenance and repairs required to the camp.
    • Assist the Camp Director and Summer Program Coordinator with the completion of Individual Performance Assessments periodically throughout the session.
    • Any other duties/responsibilities delegated or provided upon request.

    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:

    • A camp environment - 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.
    • Required to live at camp for the period of their contract.
    • Required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • Will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • Will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • Will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operations summer 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
  • 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/Summer Program Coordinator

    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:

    • A camp environment - 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.
    • Required to live at camp for the period of their contract.
    • Required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • Will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • Will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • Will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operations summer 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

  • Senior Camp Counselor
  • 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 Counsellor Lead

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Assist campers with daily personal tasks to ensure individual needs, including hygiene, medication, and preparedness, are met.
    • Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week. Activities may include crafts, nature, songs, games, opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, archery, canoeing, etc.
    • Assure campers are always properly supervised while actively participating in activities with them.
    • Understand and effectively implement all safety guidelines, policies and procedures outlined by Camp Woods and Scouts Canada.
    • Actively participate in the development and implementation of summer camp programming within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Assist with setting up, running and taking down specific program areas should there not be a qualified person present or they require help.
    • Be able to identify and address difficult situation between campers, counsellors or campers and counsellors with the guidance of the Head Counsellor and/or Program Coordinator.
    • Be able to actively display exemplary behaviour in front of the youth, including maintaining personal cleanliness, professionalism and integrity.
    • Actively engage, and be punctual, to all staff engagements, including Morning Briefing, Evening Staff Meetings and Staff Professional Development sessions.
    • Help guide Junior Counsellors and Camp Volunteers to have a deeper understanding of leadership and counselling skills.
    • Perform continuous risk assessments and implement risk management policies outlined by Camp Woods at all program areas with youth.
    • Be able to receive constructive feedback openly and commit to developing and maintaining an individual growth plan.
    • Be able to interpret, understand and role model the Camp Woods Staff Code of Conduct.

    Secondary responsibilities:

    • Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of all program areas, including Archery, Aspire Challenge Tower, Bouldering Wall, Obstacle Course, Waterfront, to mitigate any hazards.
    • Upon request, plan and run program areas that require a qualified person outside of the summer camp program (i.e. rental groups)
    • Assist in any maintenance and repairs required to the camp.
    • Any other duties/responsibilities delegated or provided upon request.

    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:

    • A camp environment - 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.
    • Required to live at camp for the period of their contract.
    • Required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • Will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • Will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • Will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operations summer 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

  • Junior Camp Counselor
  • 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 Counsellor Lead

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Assist campers with daily personal tasks to ensure individual needs, including hygiene, medication, and preparedness, are met.
    • Assist in organizing and leading a variety of small and large group activities each week. Activities may include crafts, nature, songs, games, opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, archery, canoeing, etc.
    • Assure campers are always properly supervised while actively participating in activities with them.
    • Understand and effectively implement all safety guidelines, policies and procedures outlined by Camp Woods and Scouts Canada.
    • Actively participate in the development and implementation of summer camp programming within the mission, practices and principals of Scouting.
    • Assist with setting up, running and taking down specific program areas should there not be a qualified person present or they require help.
    • Be able to identify and address difficult situation between campers, counsellors or campers and counsellors with the guidance of the Head Counsellor and/or Program Coordinator.
    • Be able to actively display exemplary behaviour in front of the youth, including maintaining personal cleanliness, professionalism and integrity.
    • Actively engage, and be punctual, to all staff engagements, including Morning Briefing, Evening Staff Meetings and Staff Professional Development sessions.
    • Perform continuous risk assessments and implement risk management policies outlined by Camp Woods at all program areas with youth.
    • Be able to receive constructive feedback openly and commit to developing and maintaining an individual growth plan.
    • Be able to interpret, understand and role model the Camp Woods Staff Code of Conduct.

    Secondary responsibilities (when not required at the waterfront):

    • Assist in maintaining the cleanliness of all program areas, including Archery, Aspire Challenge Tower, Bouldering Wall, Obstacle Course, Waterfront, to mitigate any hazards.
    • Upon request, plan and run program areas that require a qualified person outside of the summer camp program (i.e. rental groups)
    • Assist in any maintenance and repairs required to the camp.
    • Any other duties/responsibilities delegated or provided upon request.

    Qualifications:

    • Standard First Aid and CPR – Wilderness First Aid is an asset.
    • Education classes or experience in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field is an asset.
    • Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities.
    • Must be willing to become a member of Scouts Canada and submit to a screening process.
    • Must be willing to abide by the Mission and Principles of Scouting.
    • Be physically fit and enjoy camping in the outdoors.
    • An enthusiastic and positive attitude.
    • Willingness to work with others and learn from personal/collective mistakes.
    • Experience in Scouting is an asset
    • Variety of outdoor experience is an asset.

    Working conditions:

    • A camp environment - 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.
    • Required to live at camp for the period of their contract.
    • Required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • Will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • Will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • Will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operations summer 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

  • 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:

    • A camp environment - 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.
    • Required to live at camp for the period of their contract.
    • Required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • Will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • Will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • Will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operations summer 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

  • 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: 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:

    • A camp environment - 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.
    • Required to live at camp for the period of their contract.
    • Required to work most evenings and weekends while at camp.
    • Will receive accommodations at camp for the duration of their employment.
    • Will receive meals while at camp during the operational period of the camp kitchen.
    • Will receive a minimum of one full day off a week at the peak period of camp operations. During slower periods of operations summer 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

  • Maintenance Lead