French Summer Camp Jobs

Camp Tournesol offers students the opportunity to improve their ability to communicate in French as they engage in daily, spontaneous use of the language. Working for Camp Tournesol is a great supplement to the French immersion and French first-language programs in Ontario.

At Camp Tournesol, French-speaking counsellors work with campers from 4 to 14 years old, who either are new to the French language, or who can already express themselves in French. Our camps offer a playful, enjoyable, and stimulating atmosphere that help students practice and improve their French all day long.

Come spend the summer with our team of dynamic and energetic counsellors, with an extraordinary coordinator! As a bilingual counsellor with Camp Tournesol, you may also be offered employment opportunities all year long. Our salaries are competitive and we put our counsellors first! We also have positions available for the sprig and fall time for our school trips. Why not spend a few weeks with us? Please review below the various positions available.

Overnight Summer Camps Jobs

Day Camp Counsellor

(must have completed at least grade 9)

Come join a fabulous team of counsellors, delivering Camp Tournesol French programming all summer long. Partnered with another staff member, you’ll be assigned up to 20 campers. All week long you’ll lead the games and activities in French, practicing your French language skills in spontaneous and fun-filled environments. You’ll lead kids through their acquisition of the language throughout the programming (all provided to you!), creating a positive and supportive learning atmosphere, all while challenging them to use their French in new situations.

You’ll join a team of dynamic leaders focused on collaboration and providing high-quality day camp services, while being constantly supported by your coordinator and our office team. You’ll interact with parents, regularly communicate the progress of their child, and help them with any concerns they may have. And most of all, you’ll have fun the entire time!

To take a peek at what a day camp schedule looks like, see our kindergarten schedule here, or our French day camp schedule here.

Requirements to apply:
  • Ability to communicate in French with ease
  • Experience working with children is an asset
High School students:
  • Grade 9 graduates: Students in grade 9 are welcome to apply to this position as a volunteer. Graduates of our Counsellor-In-Training program will be given priority for these very limited positions.
  • Grade 10 graduates: In each campus, we hire 1 or 2 grade 10 graduates as Junior Counselors in a paid capacity. Volunteers from the previous year are given priority.
  • Grades 11 and 12 graduates. Students graduating from grades 11 and 12 can apply for our counselor level 1 paid positions.

Note: Students in grades 10-12 who would prefer to be granted volunteer hours instead of a paid salary have the option to do so.

University Students:

The majority of the positions in our French day camps are filled with university students. Students attending an education or modern languages concurrent program are strongly encouraged to apply, as experience at Camp Tournesol has proven to enhance teaching applications upon graduation. Positions for university students include counsellor levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as Senior positions in our Kinder Programs (see below for additional information).

 

Senior Counsellor

Love French camp but looking for more leadership? Join us as a Senior Counsellor! Senior Counsellors head the kindergarten program, leading a group of staff in the delivery of the program. Staff in this position will be responsible for instructional periods (e.g. book club, cahier time) and will support all kindergarten staff in delivering all other modules. Staff in this position will also act as a mentor for high school level counsellors and the Counsellors in Training on-site. They will be expected to support the Coordinator during camp, and may be consulted about programming.

Requirements to apply:

  • Ability to communicate in French with ease
  • Experience working with children is necessary.
  • Experience working with children in a French first-language or French immersion environment is beneficial.
  • Must be in at least their 3rd year of a Bachelor of Education or a Concurrent Modern Language Bachelor’s, or have an ECE or teaching certification.

Overnight Camp Counsellor

(must have completed at least grade 11)

Love overnight camp, and ready to give kids the same amazing experience you had? Join us as an overnight French camp counsellor!

During the week you’ll help head one cabin, making it a home-away-from-home for all of your campers. You’ll immerse kids in the French language, creating an unparalleled language-learning atmosphere. You’ll lead kids through their acquisition of the language throughout the programming (all provided to you!), creating a positive and supportive learning atmosphere, all while challenging them to use their French in new situations. You’ll deliver a variety of land and water programming, with the support of specialty staff, with fun as the number one priority.

You’ll join a team of dynamic leaders focused on collaboration and providing high-quality overnight camp services, while being constantly supported by your coordinator and our office team. And most of all, you’ll have fun the entire time!

 

School Trips Counsellors

During a span of 3 to 5 days from May to June and again in September, you help organize and lead activities for students in grades 6 to 12, while they practice their French. You are the “Program Leader” where you would put in action our developed programming that connects to the government curriculum. You’ll be immersed in nature at our Bracebridge location, where during the weekends you would be free to venture or go back home.  During the experience, room and board as well as meals would be included to our you. You’d join a team of energetic staff focused on team-work and providing a great French experience , while being supported by our team at our office and your coordinator. 

French Summer Programs

 

High School Students:
  • Grade 9 and 10 graduates can apply for our French Overnight Camp CIT Program.
  • Grade 11 and 12 graduates can apply to work as a junior counselor at our overnight camp. There are very limited positions available.
University students:

You are encouraged to apply to live a unique, fulfilling experience as one of our counsellors.

Candidates from Quebec or overseas:

You are particularly welcome to apply for this opportunity as accommodation and food is provided and included in your compensation package. If you love nature and the outdoors and engaging in camp games, campfires, swimming, climbing and more, move-in with us and have a fantastic summer!

Requirements to apply:
  • Ability to communicate in French with ease
  • Experience working with children is an asset
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Application process

Returning staff have priority until February 1st. New staff interested in applying have priority until March 1st. Applicants that apply after March 1st are considered on a first-come first-served basis. The number of positions available at each site is dependent on the number of camper registrations, and there is often a second wave of hiring in mid-April as registrations begin to increase. Applications are welcome all year long.

Step 1: Complete our online application form.

Step 2: Should your application be successful, a Skype interview will be scheduled.

Step 3: All candidates who receive an interview will be contacted with the results of their interview. Those who are successful will be sent a contract confirming the position they are being offered.

Step 4: Welcome to the team!

Pre-Camp Preparation

Once you are hired, and before joining our staff at camp, there are a number of things to do to prepare you for camp! You must:

  • Become CPR-C and Emergency First Aid certified (if you are not already)
  • Complete a Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable sector) (more information below)
  • Join us at our staff training weekend, June 24-25th
  • Complete our online training modules (Expert Online Training)

Leadership Summer Programs

Criminal Record Checks

If you have been offered a position with Camp Tournesol, you are required to complete a criminal record check. There are two options to complete this.

Option 1: Camp Tournesol works with Sterling Talent Solutions, who process criminal record checks on behalf of our employees. The administration fee for this is $35 and employees must notify us that it is their intent to use this solution.

Option 2: Contact your local police department (e.g. Toronto Region,  Peel Region, York Region, Durham Region) to complete the criminal record check yourself, keeping the following in mind:

  • Criminal record checks must be no older than 18 months.
  • Criminal record checks must include a “Vulnerable sector search”
  • Criminal record checks must be done where you currently live, and each region has its own process for acquiring a criminal record check (more information below)
  • If you do not believe your criminal record check will be available before the first day of camp, please provide your receipt until the formal documentation is available.
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