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What’s the pay?

You do this for the experience, not the money, as camp counsellors earn up to CA$1600 (£1000) for an 8-10 week summer placement, while support staff earn up to CA$1700 (£1100). On the plus side, your accommodation and meals are all covered, plus health insurance, transportation, training and phone and internet.

The costs you have to cover include your return flight, application fee, programme fee, Canadian work permit fee and background and medical check fees. With NYQuest, your application fee and programme fee totals CA$600 (£385), although if you return to the same camp the following year, the programme fee for that season is waived.

The company also offers a flight assist programme, where it pays for your flight upfront and then deducts it from your camp salary.

How do I apply?

NYQuest has closed its official applications for the season, but it’s worth getting in touch with the camp you want, just in case they are looking for someone with your skill set. To start planning for summer 2014, sign up at so that you receive an email alert when applications re-open in October this year.programs),


To work at a camp in Canada you must...

• Be available to travel by June 24 and work until at least August 22

• Be age 19-27 by June 1 of the placement year

• Have a clean criminal record

• Be in good physical and psychological health

• Be able to work long hours with children and teenagers

• Be comfortable leading activities

• Be willing to have a go at a wide range of sports and wilderness camping experiences• Be able to speak good English

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