Penny Lane - working at camp

PennyLane’s Story – The Positive Impact of Working at Moorelands Camp

“Working at Moorelands Camp has been one of the biggest positive influences in my life “

PennyLane, Moorelands Camp staff.

PennyLane has worked at Moorelands Camp for the past four years and is excited to join us again as camp staff on Kawamaga Lake this summer. Here she shares her experiences of working at Moorelands Camp and describes the positive impact it makes, not only in the lives of the campers, but in the staff too!


“When I first came to Moorelands Camp, I was 17. The camp I spent my childhood at, as a camper, did not hire me as there were too many people applying for only a few spots. I was devastated, that camp had been a central part of life and was something I always looked forward to. It was where I made friends who I felt I could fit with, taught me so many relevant skills, and provided a sense of stability, confidence, and grounding in my childhood / pre-adult city living life. However, I knew that I still wanted to work at a camp and so I applied to Moorelands. Little did I know, at the time, that Moorelands would come to matter so much more.

“Working at Moorelands Camp has been one of the biggest positive influences in my life.

working at Moorelands Camp
penny lane - working at Moorelands Camp

“The things I learned and the friends I made, have stayed with me, and I believe will stay a part of my life forever. I study Environmental Geography at the University of Guelph, and honestly while I’m passionate about it, it is eye opening. Sitting in class, I hear about the issues with food sustainability, and how too many people live in food insecure homes. I study how climate change is already displacing people around the world, and how those who are currently the most negatively affected are those who live in poverty. I learn about how much our current system disadvantages many because of the unequal distribution of wealth. To put it simply it makes me sad, and then overwhelmed, because I want to find a way to solve all of these problems and obviously that’s a lot more than I can chew.

“This may sound corny but Moorelands is a light amongst a lot that is troubling in the world.

Working at Moorelands Camp
working at moorelands camp

“Kids are the future, being a kid is tough, and every child deserves the chance for equal opportunity no matter what their background is. The sense of togetherness and community that Moorelands Kids provides, and the fact that you can see the positive impact that the camp has on some kids, even if it is just to get them out of the city and in nature, is what makes it so full of that warm light. In an ideal world, the whole world would operate with the same sense of community that Moorelands emphasizes, but I know that is a dreamy thought. Moorelands is something, however small in the grand scheme of things, that is helping solve those overwhelming problems, and I am so grateful to be a part of it. Grateful to have grown immensely from my experience, and still apply everything I learned to life outside of camp. Grateful that it has confirmed that I want to be a teacher and continue working, with, and being a positive role model for kids. Grateful that it exists, and that I have been, and hope to continue contributing, to the positive impact that Moorelands has.”

Apply to work at Moorelands Camp and be a part of the positive impact Moorelands Kids has!

After-school Program Head

After-school Program Head

Program Head create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 years have fun, make friends and develop life skills. Working with two Program Leaders, Program Head plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The After-school Programs are located in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park.
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Hours

  • 18.5 hours per week
  • Program runs from 3 pm – 6pm Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • Some additional hours in September for training, during the school year for planning and shopping and in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Leaders to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports, gym games and more!)
  • Create a welcoming, safe and positive environment
  • Plan and prepare a healthy snack
  • Supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Supervise, support and evaluate the Program Leader and volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reports
  • Manage the budget for program supplies, food and trips
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned
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 Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 certified
  • Food Handling Certificate
  • Have extensive experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Have experience coordinating programs, activities and events
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 


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After-school Program Leaders

After-school Program Leaders

Program Leaders assist the Program Head to create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 have fun, make friends and develop life skills. They help plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The After-school Programs are located in Flemingdon Park or Thorncliffe Park.

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Hours

  • Up to 15.5 hours per week
  • You need to be available Monday to Friday for this position
  • Training begins in September
  • Program runs from 3pm – 6pm from Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • There will be some additional hours  in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Head and other Program Leader to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports gym games and much more!)
  • Help prepare a healthy snack
  • Help supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Support volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reporting
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

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Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 Certified
  • Experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 

New to working at Moorelands?

Returning Moorelands staff?

After-school Sports Program Leaders

Sports Program Leaders assist the Program Head to create a welcoming, safe and positive environment where children aged 6-12 have fun, make friends and develop life skills. They help plan and implement snack, activities, visitors and trips for 24 to 27 participants. The BLAST Programs are located in Flemingdon Park or Thorncliffe Park.
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Hours

  • Up to 15.5 hours per week
  • Program runs from 3pm – 6pm from Monday to Friday starting at the end of September and ending in the middle of June
  • There will be some additional hours in September for training and in June for clean up
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Responsibilities

  • Work with the Program Head and other Program Leader to plan and implement fun, educational and skill developing activities (Including crafts, science, cooking, sports gym games and much more!)
  • Take the lead in planning and implementing Physical Literacy Programming
  • Help prepare a healthy snack
  • Help supervise participants and implement the necessary behaviour management strategies
  • Support volunteers
  • Maintain professional and friendly relations with our Community Partners and the participants’ parents
  • Complete and submit paperwork and reporting
  • Embody and implement Moorelands goals, policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

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Qualifications

  • Standard First Aid
  • Principles of Healthy Child Development High 5 Certified
  • Have experience working directly with children aged 6 – 12 years
  • Knowledge in Physical Literacy, sport or coaching an asset
  • Must have the desire and ability to work with children in an indoor and outdoor setting
  • Proven leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Be energetic, enthusiastic, patient and flexible
  • Able to work in team and individual settings
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment is an asset
  • Knowledge of Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe Park communities is an asset

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Visit our Jobs page to see other positions 


New to working at Moorelands?

Returning Moorelands staff?

Community leaders - Youth LED kids learn first aid

Community Leaders in action – Moorelands’ Hub, May 11, 2016

Lifeguards needed at Moorelands summer camp for kids
Male staff needed at Moorelands Wilderness Camp
Be a role model - male summer job at Moorelands
Community Leaders - come work with us!

It's not too late to work at camp!

We’re still looking to fill one or two more positions at Moorelands Wilderness Camp!

Join our community – we are looking for:

– Male Staff

– a Head Lifeguard

– a Leadership Camp Canoe Tripper

If you think you’ve got the leadership skills it takes to deliver creative, safe, fun and effective programs for participants then head over to the jobs page to learn more and apply!

If you think you’ve got the leadership skills it takes to be one of our community leaders and deliver creative, safe, fun and effective programs for participants then head over to the jobs page to learn more and apply!

One of our favourite community activities is singing campfire songs at a Moorelands campfires. One of David’s favourite campfire songs is called Skat and its a repeat after me song. Amos loves singing Boa Constrictor with everyone. What’s your favourite camp song? Is there one that we maybe don’t sing anymore that you would want to bring back?

Moorelands Campfire songs and building leadership skills
Community leaders - Youth LED kids learn first aid
Community leaders - Youth LED kids learn first aid
Community leaders - Youth LED kids learn first aid
Community Leaders Learn First Aid

Looking after our community

At Youth Lead Excel Demonstrate (LED) and Youth LED Volunteer, Moorelands prepares kids to become leaders in their community. As well as important leadership skills training and volunteer hours, both programs also offer youth the opportunity to gain valuable First Aid Certifications.

Participants from each program were invited to take part in First Aid Training – Youth LED kids gained certification in Basic First Aid while the older Youth LED Volunteers became certified in Emergency First Aid.  We’re glad to help provide our community leaders with potentially life-saving skills and at the same time help them continue to hone their teamwork, communication and problem solving skills.

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Budding Community Leaders experiment with soup powered boats
Budding Community Leaders experiment with soup powered boats
Budding Community Leaders experiment with soup powered boats
Budding Community Leaders

BLAST-ing off with soap powered boats

At BLAST Gateway, participants have been investigating water and surface tension by experimenting with Soap Powered Boats! In this super exciting activity, participants learned about water molecules while also developing their teamwork and problem solving skills. Check out the pictures above!

Over at BLAST Grenoble, leadership skill development has been the focus this week. Participants have been working in teams to plan and run their own day at program. So far all the activities planned and delivered have been a massive success. Well done BLAST Grenoble!

Meanwhile at BLAST Thorncliffe, kids have been enjoying the opportunity to learn about different cultures and backgrounds through taking part in activities on the topic of Greece.

Don’t forget you can support BLAST and all our programs by buying tickets for our fundraiser starring Andrew Cash – Cash for Moorelands!

Have a great week!

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Alumni Reunion

Moorelands’ Hub – Feb 16, 2016 – Storybooks and Moorelands’ Alumni family…

Hey Moorelands!

We’ve been celebrating Family Day here in Ontario this week and getting super excited about reuniting with members of our Moorelands Alumni family at the Wilderness Camp Reunion on March 5th.  If you are a former Moorelands camper or counsellor and aged 19+, come out to the Dance Cave (above Lee’s Palace in Toronto) to catch up with your Moorelands Alumni friends. All entertainment will be provided by Alumni: Danny Baldassi has agreed to do a stand-up routine, Gonzo’s band Powderfinger will be headlining and Stewart Houchen is flying in all the way from Calgary!  Check out the event on Facebook, see who else is already in and let your friends know you are attending. Can’t wait to see you all!

Alumni Reunion

At BLAST Gateway this week, imaginations have been running wild and literature brought to life in Storybook week!  Working together in groups and practising team work skills, participants took part in a drama activity. Each group showed off their dramatic flair as they enacted their favourite stories and entertained their fellow participants. In a related cooking activity, BLAST kids made ‘Muffin Man’ muffins and worked on their sharing and basic math skills. Check out the fun in the two galleries.

Over at BLAST Grenoble, the Team Challenge reached its thrilling conclusion! As you may remember, participants have been working in teams to compete in challenges and develop their team work skills. This week the teams:

  • Team Team
  • Team Everything is Awesome
  • Team Blank
  • Team Fantagians

competed in 4 different activities: Tower of Jenga , Ping Blow, The Travelling Marbles and Team shot (a basketball activity). Participants showed spectacular cooperation and teamwork skills to overcome the challenges but Team Blank took the entire competition. Congratualtions Team Blank and all the participants over at BLAST Grenoble for your amazing teamwork skills!

BLAST Thorncliffe have been developing their cooking skills with an activity that saw them make delicious blueberry and cream cheese dumplings. Yum!

Looks like fun, right? If you are looking for a job where you can plan and assist children aged 6-12 in fun activities like these… good news, Moorelands is hiring! Find out more about the Program Assistant role at BLAST.

Have a great week!

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