Camp Volunteers

Camp changes lives. So can you.

Volunteers are essential in bringing the magic of camp to kids and families affected by childhood cancer or serious illness. From overnight camp, day events in local communities to in-hospital programs, there are so many opportunities for you to build connection, gain new skills and experiences and make a difference in the overall wellbeing of kids and their families during their most challenging times.

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How you can get involved

We are actively recruiting for volunteers to support in July and August 2023 for our overnight programs at Rainbow Lake and Muskoka, and day camps in Toronto and Ottawa.

Summer 2023 applications have launched!

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Camp Volunteer Roles

Family volunteer – Rainbow Lake

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

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Cabin volunteer – Muskoka

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.). As a cabin volunteer, you will work in teams to take care of and supervise a group consisting of four to eight campers.

You will create a nurturing, fun-filled environment that meets the needs of each camper, including developing program plans for special events and activities. This is an overnight volunteer experience.

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Day camp volunteer

Alongside a team of other volunteers, you are responsible for a group of campers and their safety, ensuring that your campers are supervised at all times. This role supports campers at all activities and creates a positive camp environment and experience. As well, day camp volunteers support various activity areas, leading elective activities such as crafts or sports with fellow volunteers.

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Year-Round Programs

Volunteers can also look forward to playing an essential role at our year-round programs, which include family and teen community programs in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and London, as well as virtual programs and weekends at camp. We also place volunteers in hospitals at Sick Kids, McMaster and London Children’s Hospital (depending on current health and safety protocols).

We are not actively recruiting for year-round program volunteer roles, but email us if you would like to be notified of any upcoming opportunities.

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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 depend on hundreds of volunteers every year and we work closely with you to ensure you are prepared for your role!
Volunteer applications are accepted on an ongoing and as needed basis, typically starting in January for the summer camp season. Successful applicants will be invited for an interview.
Campfire Circle is strongly committed to equity and diversity within our community and to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment. 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 include:

  • 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)

Fill out our volunteer application to get started. Thanks for your interest in volunteering! We’re excited to learn more about you. If you have additional questions, please reach out to

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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.

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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.

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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

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