Medical Staff & Volunteers

Join our medical team!

At camp, medical staff & volunteers are an integral part of camp life. Our medical teams are highly involved in programs, and the time spent at camp programs can often be as life-changing for the team as it is for the Campers and families we work with.

Medical Staff & Volunteer application

Medical needs at Ooch & Trillium

Through an incredible and dedicated team of volunteer counsellors and the support of the medical staff & volunteers, over 1,600 children and their families are able to discover the magic and joy of camp each year. Our Campers range in age from 0-18 and are in all stages of their cancer experience, from newly diagnosed to in remission.

The medical staff & volunteers are an integral part of the magic of camp and can often be found participating in all aspects of it – from climbing the high ropes and swimming to performing in skits and talent shows.

Nurses in queen costumes waving and smiling on the gravel in front of cabin

Medical volunteer roles

Overnight Camp Med Shed team

Our Med Shed team consists of one paediatric oncologist and three to five nurses (from hospitals across Ontario), who are available 24 hours a day to support our Campers and volunteers.

One of our camp locations, Ooch Muskoka, remains the only camp facility in Canada that administers IV chemotherapy and blood product transfusions onsite. There, our medical teams are highly specialized nurses and doctors with experience in both paediatrics and oncology.

Medical staff working at the front desk of the Med Shed

Trip nurses

Each trip is staffed by at least one nurse, as well as a trip leader and group of volunteer counsellors. Excursions include canoe trips, snowshoeing, hiking and more. You don’t need previous camping/canoe trip experience (but it is an asset). Specific training will be offered to all nurses who participate in our trips.

Group of campers and volunteers sitting on a rock in front of river and forest

Day Camp nurses

Day camp programs take place from Monday to Friday, offering the fun of camp without leaving the city. Each week is staffed by at least one paediatric oncology nurse. Our youngest Campers (ages 4-7) can experience the magic of camp at Camp Robin Hood in Markham, and we also offer day camp for Campers ages 4 – 14 in Toronto, London, Hamilton and Ottawa.

Nurse helping camper get bandaged up in Day Camp playroom

Community program nurses

Community programs give Campers and their families the opportunity to experience the magic of camp year-round in communities across Ontario like Toronto, Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Sudbury. At least one paediatric nurse is needed for family camping trips, Camper sleepovers, and more.

Nurse with camper helping with pottery making and Ooch Downtown

Camp nursing involves an aspect of 'play'... and helps to strengthen relationships between patients, nursing colleagues and doctors. It's good on the heart, helps build resiliency, and affirms why we choose the profession we do.

— Courtney, Med Shed Nurse

Medical responsibilities

By joining us as a medical staff or as a medical volunteer, you’ll be responsible for:

  • Administering medications to Campers
  • General first aid
  • Initiating fever/neutropenia care
  • Assisting with medical emergencies
  • NG/G-tube feeding
  • Central line care
  • Specialized care to support Campers
  • Training and supporting volunteer counsellors for Camper care needs
  • Health education and promotion

In addition to general nursing and first aid responsibilities, overnight camp nurses may also:

  • Draw blood work, provide blood product transfusions
  • Administer IV chemotherapy
  • Communicate with Campers’ primary care centres

 

Qualifications & requirements

Due to the range of activities and needs of our Campers, all medical staff & volunteer candidates must:

  • Be registered nurses with current registration with College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Have paediatric nursing experience, and currently work in an acute care centre (please note that oncology experience is preferable but not required for all positions)
  • Have been working as a nurse for at least one year
  • Be comfortable transferring nursing skills to a more remote setting
  • Have a keen interest in camp nursing
  • Attend a medical team training session
  • Have a willingness to participate in fun camp activities whenever possible

APHON Chemotherapy provider certification, peripheral IV and blood work and biotherapy skills are an asset, but not required for all positions.

Physicians with the following designations may apply: Staff oncologist, paediatrician and paediatric oncology fellow.

 

Application process

COVID-19 Update: Ooch & Trillium have suspended in-person camp programs. We are not actively recruiting new volunteers or medical applicants at this time. You are encouraged to follow this application link and we will connect when new volunteer recruitment resumes.

Medical volunteer questions

What are the training requirements to be part of the medical team at Ooch & Trillium?

There is a variety of mandatory and optional training sessions for medical staff & volunteers depending on the type of program you are supporting. Everyone must read the Med Shed manual, watch position specific online training videos and participate in pre-program orientation meetings. There are also specific training sessions for overnight camp and trip nurses.

All medical staff & volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the spring volunteer weekend training, which gives new medical team members a chance to learn about camp and meet many of the staff and volunteers you will be working with.

Are there any opportunities for nursing students, RPNs or PSWs in the medical team?

We hire one summer staff Health Care Aid/PSW each year to live on an overnight camp site for summer camp sessions. This position is hired in February each year for the upcoming summer.

Are medical team members paid?

The medical team members are considered volunteers. However, nurses are hired on a contractual basis and are paid a stipend for their participation in programs. The amount of the stipend depends on the length of the program.

What are the medical facilities at camp like?

Nurses and Oncologists staff our medical facilities at camp known as either the Med Shed (Muskoka) or the Body Shop (Rainbow Lake & OuR Island). Our medical centers are equipped to manage many medical scenarios, from bumps and bruises to the specialized oncology care that our campers need.

Interested in becoming part of our medical team?

Submit your application and join the magic of camp!

Apply now

Contact us

For more info on becoming part of the medical staff or medical volunteer teams, please contact:

Andrea Polidori

Nursing Coordinator