Camp Volunteers

Like a regular camp, times 10

Volunteers who work with us experience the magic of camp in every aspect of their experience. So, pack your swimsuit, grab a hat, and put on some sunscreen—because it’s time to volunteer!

Summer 2022 volunteer applications have launched! Follow the application below to apply.

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Volunteering at Campfire Circle

Volunteers from across Ontario support us year-round at virtual, community, in-hospital and overnight camp programs and range in age from 19 to 70+. By volunteering at Campfire Circle, you’ll make a meaningful difference in the lives of kids and families affected by childhood cancer—and they’ll change your life, too.

Our programs take place across Ontario in Toronto, Ottawa, London, Hamilton, Waterford, Muskoka, Wellington, Sudbury, and Arden! Volunteer opportunities range from single-day community programs, weekends at camp, week-long overnight and day camp sessions, and longer-term in-hospital programs. In 2022, our goal is to keep the magic of camp intact for Campers and families to experience again — or for the very first time. More information about current opportunities can be found here.

Camp Volunteer roles

Family volunteer

Family camp gives families a chance to strengthen connections and challenge themselves in new ways, all in the great outdoors. Volunteers play the role of “family volunteer” and are assigned to a family, sometimes with another volunteer. They will engage Camper families in programs and activities, foster community, and create a fun environment that delivers that camp magic!

campers with counselors at camp

Cabin volunteer

Our Camper-to-volunteer ratio is approximately 1:1 at overnight and day camp. Campers are accompanied by volunteers at all times (activities, meals, on camping trips, etc.). Cabin volunteers work in teams to ensure the care and supervision of a group consisting of 4–8 Campers.

They create a nurturing, fun-filled environment that meets the needs of each Campers, creating program plans for special events and activities.

Volunteers with large group of campers sitting on a rock at flag pole field

Activity volunteer

This role is unique to our summer overnight camp program. These volunteers plan and facilitate the distinct activities that cabin groups attend during the day, working closely with one specific cabin group.

Typical activities like pottery, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, drama, arts & crafts, adventure (ropes course), and sports are offered. Some activity counsellor roles require mandatory certifications. 

Volunteer with two campers in the forest dressed in adventure gear

In the span of one week, I knew truth, triumph, and trust, the true meaning of belly laughter, courage, vulnerability, friendship, raw emotion, and perspective. Volunteering at camp reminded me how resilient the human spirit really is.

— Sarah, Volunteer

Qualifications & requirements

We work with hundreds of volunteers every year! Campfire Circle is strongly committed to equality and diversity within its community, and to promoting a welcoming and inclusive community. We welcome volunteer applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority group members, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

All prospective camp volunteers are required to attend volunteer training in order to qualify for a volunteer role. Additional onsite and program-specific training is also required for participation. Other requirements:

Other requirements:

  • Criminal record check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Provide proof of immunization status
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination(s)
  • Completion of two-step tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Age 19 years of age
  • Experience working with children is an asset
  • Certification in Emergency First Aid/CPR or Bronze Cross certification (role dependent)

Application process

Volunteer applications are accepted on an ongoing and as needed basis, typically starting in January for the summer camp season. Volunteer applications will be processed on an as needed basis, and successful applicants will be invited for an interview. In accordance with our mandate of creating a caring and safe environment for ill children and their families, we require attestation of childhood vaccinations, completion of a two-step Tuberculosis (TB) test, updated Criminal Record Check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all volunteers. Some volunteer roles require certification in Emergency First Aid/CPR, Bronze Cross or NLS. 

Upon offer, volunteers must complete a criminal record check and/or Vulnerable Sector Screening, submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination(s), childhood immunizations, complete a two-step tuberculosis (TB) test, and get a First Aid or Bronze Cross certification (role dependent).

New Volunteers

We are actively recruiting new volunteers for the Summer 2022 season! There are many different opportunities all across Ontario!

Fill out our volunteer application to get started. Thanks for your interest in volunteering! We’re excited to learn more about you.

Returning Volunteers

Thank you for your continued support of Campfire Circle—we can’t wait to see you soon! Please go to the staff dashboard to apply for programs, manage your account, and update your information.

Camp volunteer questions

What training do volunteers receive?

All camp volunteers receive thorough training before their first program. Training topics include: cancer 101, code of conduct, behaviour management, diversity, equity and inclusion, camp culture and traditions, accessible programming, and more.

Additional training and resources are provided year-round as part of our ongoing professional development opportunities for volunteers.

How can I volunteer in the hospital?

Our in-hospital volunteer programs take place at SickKids in Toronto, McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton and the Children’s Hospital in London. These programs are only available to returning camp volunteers.

We are not accepting volunteers for in-hospital programs at this time.

What time commitment is expected from camp volunteers?

All new volunteers are trained to support Community programs at point of entry in regions across Ontario like Toronto, Ottawa, London, Hamilton, Waterford, Muskoka, Wellington, Sudbury, and Arden!  Additional training is required prior to participation in overnight camp programs. 

There is currently no minimum hour requirement for volunteers to support year-round programs, but active engagement in the community is encouraged. On average, volunteers support a minimum of 4 programs annually.

Who will I be volunteering with and how will we work together?

The volunteer community is a unique one, ranging in age from 19-70+ with a wide range of experience, skills and backgrounds. At Campfire Circle programs, you’ll always work in a team-based environment to support a cabin of Campers. Because of this, Campfire Circle is intentional about building community within our volunteer team.

You can expect to be invited to pre-session socials, professional development sessions, and celebrations throughout the year to continue building connections to your fellow volunteer counsellors.

Apply to volunteer at Camp

New Camp Volunteer inquiry form

Other volunteer opportunities

Event & Office Volunteers

Help out around our headquarters or at a fundraising event—there are lots of ways to lend a hand!

Medical Staff & Volunteers

We need nursing staff to administer medications and care for our Campers. Learn how you can get involved.

Contact Us

Still have questions about volunteering? Feel free to contact us:

Joel Scadding

Coordinator, Volunteer Program