Volunteer as a camp counselor at one of our two sleepover sites in Waterford (Rainbow Lake) or Rosseau (Muskoka) or day camp in Toronto or Ottawa.
We empower young girls and women to be everything they want to be, and as a volunteer, you will help make that happen! Our volunteers support girls as they build confidence, develop new skills, and become leaders in their communities.
As part of a unit’s leadership team, you’ll facilitate fun and engaging program activities, like scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, outdoor exploration, games, and more. You can choose to work with girls in one of five branches: Sparks (age 5-6), Embers (age 7-8), Guides (age 9-11), Pathfinders (age 12-14), or Rangers (age 15-17).
Volunteers will receive access to a digital program platform stocked with age-appropriate activities and meeting tools, as well as training on delivering activities in ways that will empower and encourage girls.
Units meet on a regular basis, from weekly to monthly, depending on the age of the girls. Volunteers commit to 3 hours per week for unit meetings plus additional hours, when required, for trips and events.
What You’ll Do as A Group Leader:
- Create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for girls!
- Plan regular unit meetings in person, outdoors, and online, during which you’ll facilitate girl-driven programming that is fun and engaging.
- Organize in-person or virtual opportunities beyond unit meetings, including community service activities and camps.
- Support shared leadership and decision-making with girls and other volunteers.
- Promote Girl Guides to girls and women locally.
- Provide ongoing communication to girls and parents/guardians about unit activities.
- Assist with unit administration tasks, such as maintaining girls’ program records and health forms, managing safety protocols, and ordering badges.
- Assist with maintaining unit finances as required by your province.
- Support the semi-annual sales of Girl Guide Cookies.
What You’ll Bring:
- A welcoming, imaginative, and enthusiastic attitude.
- Openness, flexibility, and a willingness to try new things.
- An appreciation of diversity and inclusivity.
- An embrace of the girl-driven approach to Girl Guides.
- Understanding, encouraging, and respecting girls’ ideas and thoughts.
- Resourcefulness, dependability, and creativity.
- A willingness to show your unique talents and skills.
What You Need:
- All volunteers must have reached the age of majority in their province or territory.
- Pass a Police Record Check facilitated by Girl Guides of Canada.
- Complete organizational training components on safety, the role, and administrative duties, as part of the volunteer onboarding process.
To apply please visit www.girlguides.ca/volunteer
Katimavik’s National Experience is an amazing opportunity for any Canadian citizens, permanent residents or landed refugees aged 17 – 25 who are looking for 5.5 months of creative learning, community engagement, Truth and Reconciliation, and self-discovery! Youth will live in a group with up to 10 of their peers in two separate communities throughout the course of the program. During the program they engage in 32 valuable volunteer hours a week, learn how to manage a house, make lifelong friends, and gain confidence that they themselves can make an impactful difference in our country. This is a fully funded opportunity where participants’ travel expenses, living accommodations, food costs, and daily needs are covered. All they will need to bring is their dedication, empathy, and commitment to making a better world!
Some of the topics and skills that Participants will be challenged to learn about include:
- The history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and the importance of Truth and Reconciliation;
- The benefits and impact of civic engagement;
- Professional work skills in a variety of sectors, depending on volunteer placements;
- Cooking skills, house maintenance, and practical life skills;
- Conflict resolution, communication, and how to strive within a team environment;
- Environmental protection and sustainable development;
- English or French as an additional language;
- Leadership, advocacy, and project management skills;
- Canada’s cultural, geographic, and linguistic diversity.