Website Columbia Outdoor School & Blue Lake Camp

Opportunity Type:

Outdoor Skills/ Tripping Team Lead

Columbia Outdoor School is a non-profit, charitable organization that focuses on providing outdoor education opportunities. The Society provides community outreach and operates a year-round outdoor and environmental education centre (Blue Lake Camp) located 26 km West of Canal Flats, BC plus an office location in Cranbrook, BC. Blue Lake Camp offers youth, and teen camp experiences as well as education and training programs for schools, private groups and youth organizations. Blue Lake Camp facilities are available year-round for vacation rentals, reunions, conferences, weddings, and other events.

The position, Team Lead will report to the Camp Director. The Team Leads will be provided with on-site room and board during programs.
Date Posted: January 15, 2022 Date Closed: March 1, 2022 (or until positions are filled)

Location:  Blue Lake Camp, Canal Flats BC


Full-Time – Seasonal Contract
Daily Wage: $150-$160 per day dependent on education and experience.


April 19th, 2022 through August 22, 2022 or September 30th *Potential for contract to extend.
Nature & Scope:

The successful candidate will have previous experience supervising a team, program development and implementation, and experience working at a summer camp. We are hiring three Team Leads who will have shared and specialized responsibilities. The three focus areas are Education, Challenge Course/ Adventure Programs and Outdoor/ Tripping skills. The successful applicate will be proficient in leading all areas but will specialize and focus their expertise on one.

These positions are part of the leadership team and will play a dual role in the delivery of Blue Lake Camp programs. For the spring term, Team Leads are responsible for implementation of school programs. The spring season is also when they will prepare for leading Summer Camp Staff Training.

Spring programs consist of school classes attending Blue Lake Camp for an overnight experience to learn about environmental science and leadership. The Team Leads will provide expertise, experience, and skills specific to the operation of camp and its programs. Their main task is working directly with the students, teaching them about environmental sciences, leadership, play large group games and run a campfire program.

The Team Leads position shifts into a supervisory role for the summer term. The Team Leads will assist the camp counsellors in the areas of their expertise with relation to camp’s Discovery and Adventure programs, and general day to day camp operations while furthering Columbia Outdoor School’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Columbia Outdoor School & Blue Lake Camp

PO Box 759, Cranbrook, BC V1C 4J5
Phone: 250-426-3676

Experience supervising and training team members is essential as well as teaching curriculum themes, understanding group management techniques, facilitation styles, and general oversight of large programs.

The Outdoor Skills and Tripping lead will need a minimum of a 40 hour advanced first aid certificate (OFA 3, Advanced Wilderness First Aid). National Lifeguard, Food Safe, Class 4 Drivers License are considered assets. They will have previous experience leading backcountry out trips with youth and 6- 18. This position will live onsite at Blue Lake during camp bookings and during summer camp room and board is provided. You will require your own vehicle to get to and from Blue Lake. Applicants must successfully complete a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check and Covid-19 approved vaccinations are required prior to the start date.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Develop and deliver a tripping program that is appropriate for the age and ability of the campers

  Utilize the natural environment and the value of minimum-impact camping
  Evaluate abilities of campers and staff related to the proposed trip.
  Evaluate the success of the tripping program.
  Write lesson plans that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers and encompass skills in safety in the outdoors, orienteering, nature exploration, fire building, outdoor cooking, and other camp craft skills.
  Teach the skills necessary for a fun and safe trip before leaving the camp site, including personal and group health and safety, outdoor cooking and camping, comfortable travel methods, maintenance and care of equipment, emergency procedures, etc.
  Meet with the Camp Director before and after trips to monitor camper health during and following trips.
  Lead and teach campers in various outdoor program areas (McGiver’s/ Eimer’s Pond, Turtle Lake, Howling Wolf/ Goat Lake, on site at Blue Lake)
  Plan itineraries and file with the Camp Director before leaving for each trip.
  With the assistance of campers and staff, pack and load all necessary camping and safety equipment, food, and water for the trip.
2.  Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their tripping group, within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.

  Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
  Assures campers are properly supervised at all times.
  Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.
3.  Ensure that camp staff and campers follow established safety guidelines  Assist in the implementation of staff training for tripping.
 Train other staff in their responsibilities on trips.
 Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures.

 Be prepared to enact written emergency procedures in the event of accident or illness.
4.  Assist in the management and care of the physical facilities and equipment in the tripping area

  Maintain the tripping equipment Insert the equipment which will be utilized by this position. This may include boats, camping equipment, pack-out and cook out equipment, trailers, bikes, or other vehicles.
  Ensure the security of the tripping equipment when not in use.
  Conduct a check of equipment before and after each use, for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

Other Job Duties:
1. Spring Programs:

  Develop and deliver environmental programs that are appropriate for the age and ability of the campers and utilizes the camp’s natural environment
  Write lesson plans that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers and encompass environmental studies with topics such as geology and soils, forestry, wildlife, water studies,and outdoor survival skills.
  Implement a variety of age and ability appropriate activities in the above stated environmental areas.
  Evaluate the success of the environmental program.
  Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities, planning and leading those as assigned.
  Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise Spring School Programs, evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.
  Assist in the planning of any special events. Qualifications (Minimum qualifications and experience)
  Current certification in tripping instruction or documented training and experience.
  Current certification in first aid and CPR.
  Wilderness First Aid or OFA 3 certification
  Lifeguard Training Certification will be required of all trip leaders when the trip involves water activities.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  Training and experience in teaching tripping skills to children.
  Desire and ability to work with children outdoors in varied conditions.
  Skills in outdoor program design particular to the type of tripping and camping activities assigned to the unit.
  Previous experience leading wilderness trips.

Physical Aspects of the Position
  Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
  Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.

Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
  Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.
  Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  Ability to lift and carry gear a distance of 6KM
  Ability to perform job responsibilities during daylight and nighttime hours.
  Physical ability to prepare for, participate in, and lead campers in wilderness activities involving tripping activities specific to this camp and position.

Some physical requirements of this tripping position could be endurance including walking, hiking, standing, some bending, stooping, and stretching. Requires hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/program. Willingness to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours delivering program in the facility and environment available. Operate with daily exposure to the sun and heat and exposure to various animals, plants, and environmental conditions.

This job may include work in other areas of an organization, involvement in professional associations, or perhaps work related to the broader vision of camping.

Equipment Used:
Microsoft Office
Side by Side
Automatic Truck
Passenger Van and Bus
Recreation and Education: High and Low Ropes Challenge Courses, Canoes, Compasses,

Increment Bores, Microscopes, Fire, Outdoor Cooking Equipment.
To apply: Please send your resume to Shonna Murphy, Director of Programs via email: and visit our website to fill out our online application.

Thank you for your interest and application. Due to the high volume of applications received, only short- listed candidates will be contacted. Applications will only be discussed with the applicant.

Tagged as: camp counsellor, outdoor, outdoor skills, programming, tripping team leader, youth