Volunteering at Camp Quality
There are lots of different ways to get involved in the CQ camp magic! Check them out below!
I'm always looking to volunteer in and around my community when I can. It gives me a purpose and there's nothing I like more than to help others. The fact that I was able to volunteer for a full week at camp with a bunch of children and other adults; all while having fun outdoors seemed too good to be true. I couldn't miss out on this opportunity!
Camp Volunteer Roles
Virtual Volunteers help bring the magic of camp to our campers over Zoom. Volunteers participate with campers as we play games, sings songs, and connect! To learn more about the virtual volunteer role read the FAQ below.
The Companions and Super Companions are responsible for the day-to-day care of the campers.
Companions are matched one-to-one with a camper and are given the responsibility for that child during the week.
Super Companions are tasked with supporting the Companions during the week. They hop in to cover breaks for companions, spending time with many campers through the camp week.
CQ Eastern Ontario
Activity Leaders are responsible for designing and facilitating camp activities throughout the day and evening - they keep the time, set the energy, and provide a safe and fun learning environment. Activity areas vary by camp but could include: Archery, Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games, and more!
CQ Northwestern Ontario
Support Positions: Kitchen, Maintenance & Cleaning
Kitchen, Maintenance & Cleaning volunteer positions vary by camp. Kitchen volunteers work extremely hard keeping our bellies full (grilled cheese anyone?) and make sure that each one of our participants' dietary needs are met. Maintenance & Cleaning volunteers help around camp with various projects including general cleaning, fixing, garbage & recycling, and more.
CQ Northern Ontario
CQ Northern Ontario
Lifeguards keep us safe at the waterfront! Whether we're swimming, boating or fishing, they ensure that safety is a top priority. Lifeguards at Camp Quality have an NL certification.
*Lifeguard positions are only available in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, and Eastern Ontario.
Camp Organizing Committee
The Camp Organizing Committee (COC) works diligently year-round to make camp week happen. In addition to organizing the summer programs, these dedicated volunteers plan family fun days and reunions. To view open Camp Organizing Committee positions, please click here.
Here's an eligibility checklist to get started!
2023 COVID-19 Update:
At this time we encourage all participants to apply to in-person camp. Camp Quality’s Medical Advisory Committee is currently evaluating our COVID-19 protocols for the 2023 season. Camp Quality will communicate our COVID-19 requirements by March 1, 2023.. We appreciate your understanding as we work to offer a safe experience for all campers and volunteers.
New Volunteer Qualifications:
At least 18 years of age.
Complete volunteer application
Able to provide 3 references (New Volunteers).
Available for an interview (New Volunteers).
Accepted Volunteer Requirements:
Able to provide a clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
Provide proof of immunization status.
Mandatory attendance and completion of Volunteer Training
Additional Medical Requirements for in-person programs:
All Volunteers must have the following full immunizations as per provincial vaccination schedule, or are beginning immunizations as part of a catch-up schedule:
MMR OR Proof of Antibodies to MMR
Varicella OR Previous History of Chickenpox OR Proof of Antibodies to Varicella
Pertussis containing vaccine; ex. DTaP (one dose at minimum based on eligibility)
Each volunteer will need to complete a TB questionnaire in the application once confirmed for camp.
Volunteers must attend a mandatory training.
How to Apply
CQ Southern Ontario
Each regional team will process volunteer applications once an applicant has completed their application form to 100%. Applicants who have successfully completed their forms will be invited to participate in an interview. References will be checked for all applicants completing an interview.
Once a volunteer has received confirmation of their role for the summer program, they will be required to provide further information to Camp Quality including:
A clear and current Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination(s)
Health Forms including immunizations
These documents/information need to be submitted at least 2-3 weeks before camp begins.
Interviews will take place virtually or in person, varying by camp location. Upon successful completion of an application, you'll receive an invite to interview. You can expect to meet with two interviewers, who are either experience volunteers from our Camp Organizing Committees or Camp Quality Canada staff.
The interviews are designed to help us to get to know each other better. The actual interview may include the following: introductions, more traditional Q&A, and maybe even some problem solving or scenario questions.
Please know we have created this process to enable us to select the best applicants to work with our campers and not to intimidate potential volunteers. We invite you to relax and, more importantly, be yourself.
If you need any accommodations made for the interview please let us know. Closed Captions (CC) can be used during Zoom interviews.
Camp Quality is committed to providing volunteers with quality training programs to set them up for success at camp as well as in their lives outside of camp. You’ll learn how to problem-solve, team-build, camp song and traditions and support our campers to have an amazing camp experience!
Training will be a mix of online modules and a half day of in-person training/team building, which will take place before camp. There will also be onsite training before campers arrive.