Arrival and Departure Dates
As with every summer, Camp Widjiitiwin has a commitment to its campers and parents to provide excellent quality service during their stay.
- Camp Widjiitiwin staff are required to arrive on Saturday, June 26, 2021 by 4 pm.
- All Widji staff are expected to work until Sunday, Sept 5, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Before you apply, be realistic about the departure date. If you commit to being here (and acceptance of a position indicates that fact).
Staff Development Week & Work Weekends
On May long weekend (the Victoria Day weekend) Camp Widjiitiwin is having an initial staff development training event in combination with a work weekend. We’ll spend Friday night settling in and getting to know each other. On Saturday we’ll be working to get camp ready for the summer. We’ll go to chapel at MBC on Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon through Monday morning will be about learning about camp and what you need to know as summer staff.
Summer staff development week is June 26 – July 3, 2021. General and specialized training sessions will be given during the first days after arrival. Any special advance preparation assignments will be communicated well in advance. This week is mandatory.
The uniform will be purple golf or t-shirts and black pants or shorts. Each summer staff member will need at least one pair of shorts and one pair of long pants. Widji will provide the shirts.
Criminal Record Checks
Police checks are required for all Widji staff 18 and over. Under 18 staff are asked for a voluntary disclosure. More details will follow if you are hired.
There are five spring crew positions available at Camp Widjiitiwin for the spring season. These positions are available first to leadership team members. If one of these staff is unable to come for the spring we will look at other staff to fill those positions. Spring crew starts in May and runs through to staff development week. The work includes:
- Preparing camp property ready for the summer
- Creating programming resources
- Hosting retreat groups and programming
The spring crew salary is $2000 for the season. Plus you receive room and board as a taxable benefit.
Summer Leadership Staff
Leadership staff will attend a leadership training day in the spring. Leaders must be able to start at camp early to be settled in and ready when summer staff arrive.
Each staff is required to have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) before starting work. If you do not have a SIN, please start that application process to receive it ASAP. It is done through the Human Resources Canada, www.servicecanada.ca. Also note that international students are required to have the relevant visas/work permits.
Seasonal staff receive a 24 hour period off mid-week and will be arranged with your direct supervisor or the camp director. Cabin leaders receive a period of time off from Saturday afternoon through chapel on Sunday.
Summer staff stay in cabins along with campers. A few leadership roles are given their own cabins for confidentiality or on a per-case basis.
Your Physical Well-being
At Camp Widjiitiwin we have a camp medic to assist us with emergency first aid and dispensing medications. NO medication may be kept where campers can access it; ALL medication is to be kept with the camp medic in a labelled container. Each team member is responsible for any medication, prescriptions, or hospital expenses they incur.
Close living quarters, the continuation of assigned duties, the shortness of the summer, limitation of space in the Medicine Hut, and concern for the welfare of the team member – these factors may combine to necessitate termination of employment if a health problem persists. For example, heavy chest congestion can be serious, may infect others, and will prevent the continuation of jobs involving food handling or contact with guests; though not a mark of personal failure, termination may be necessary.
A completed health form (sent with your contract) will be required as a condition of employment.
Information for Parents/Guardians
For applicants under 18 years of age it is imperative that a parent/guardian read carefully the Information Packet and Ministry Service Team Information Form with your contract if you are hired. He/she will be required to sign the Permission Form for your contract to be accepted. Their signing supports the implementation of standards and rules of the Ontario Government and Camp Widjiitiwin.
Summer camp should be a place where you grow in your knowledge and experience of God. Therefore, your spiritual growth this summer is one of our primary concerns. It has also been identified by past summer staff as an area of great significance. This summer we have many ways to encourage your spiritual development.
✔ Attend Widji chapel services Sunday through Friday evenings
✔ Morning thoughts with our camp pastor at breakfast
✔ Lead or assist with cabin devotions each day
✔ One on one mentoring with the Ministry team
✔ Seeing God’s handiwork in creation in the beautiful surroundings at camp