Spring/Summer Instructor Activity & Ropes Course

Company Mission

Muskoka Woods is a Christian youth development organization that welcomes everyone to an experience for a lifetime. We are located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rosseau and specialize in summer camp, school trips, group retreats and leadership development for all ages. We exist to inspire youth to shape their world.

Job Description

The Arts & Athletics department has the overall responsibility of providing our amazing daily activities that inspire youth to try new things, learn new skills, grow in confidence and of course have fun!

An instructor’s primary responsibility within this department is to provide activity instruction while creating a safe environment for our guests to learn and develop new skills, make new friends and have fun! Instructors are responsible to implement daily lesson plans in their assigned area through energetic participation and quality, intentional instruction. A typical day for an instructor is to oversee activities from 9am to noon and 2pm to 5pm. Daily team meetings and set up and clean up are required at the beginning and end of each day. In the spring season, instructors support the group experience by working 1 to 2 evening shifts/week as a team to provide evening program, serve snack, cover the office and work in the Camp Store and in the kitchen. In the summer season Instructors will help operate the Stayover Program for guests staying multiple weeks by leading and staying in a guest cabin, running activities and will be assigned to a cleaning team. Instructors are also responsible to assist in evening programs where assigned and participate in assigned duties on Sunday Arrival.

Staff are required to attend all meetings as outlined during staff training including Cadence and Small Group.


Skills and Attributes Required

Muskoka Woods is looking for staff whose personal values match the MW Core Values which includes having a passion for working with children and youth.

Instructors must be able to facilitate and instruct their area of assignment as well as manage group dynamics, build relationships and create a safe yet fun activity experience. Staff must be able to manage their time well, have excellent attention to detail, and be wise in decision making. Staff must be supportive, patient, energetic and have good communication and interpersonal skills with children. Previous experience with children and youth is preferred.

Activity/Ropes Course Instructor applicants must have a passion for ropes and climbing. Please note that Ropes Course Instructor applicants MUST be 18 years old before the beginning of the contract dates.

Salary Range

$150 – $220 per week plus room and board.

Full Summer Bonus

Each instructor who commits their entire summer (with some exceptions for Classic) will qualify for a $300 bonus to be given at the end of the summer.

Contract Dates

4 months – April 19 – August 30, 2024


2 months – June 21 – August 30, 2024

Please note: Ropes Level 1 certification is mandatory for this position. This course will take place at Muskoka Woods prior to the contract start date. Contact staff@muskokawoods.com if you have any questions.

Additional Notes

  • All staff are required to uphold the Muskoka Woods Vision and Mission, Core Values and Aspirations, as well as all policy and procedures as outlined during our Staff Development Week held at the beginning of your contract.
  • All Counsellors stay in a cabin with our guests. All other staff stay in shared staff accommodation.

Essential Functions

  • Be able to assist guests and staff in an emergency
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of guests and/or staff
  • Have the ability to accompany guests across camp
  • Ability to participate in activities for 6 to 8 hours a day
  • Be able to lead small and large group activities
  • Have the ability to verbally communicate well with staff and guests

Apply now via Muskoka Woods' online application process. You'll need to create an account (or use a previously created one) and apply online.