Summer Volunteers

As a summer volunteer, you’ll work with an inclusive, hands-on, collaborative group that takes youth on canoe trips in Algonquin Park. For many campers, this will be their first wilderness experience, and you’ll be sharing your knowledge and love of the outdoors.

The program is cost covered. All costs associated with the placement are paid for directly by Outlook, including accommodation, food, and training. Outlook also covers the cost of valuable certifications, including CPR “C”/ First Aid, Bronze Cross, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, and Mental Health First Aid, among others. You’ll be getting your hands dirty and learning how to solve problems on the fly – from teaching youth to paddle to starting fires in the rain.

No canoeing or guiding experience necessary – just a willingness to learn!

  • Curious and adventurous – you genuinely like learning from people and jumping into new challenges.

  • Great communicator – you listen first, then share knowledge.

  • You’re stoked about spending time outdoors with youth.

  • You’re available to work from May-August.

  • Have experience working with youth

  • Have experience as an activity instructor or guide

  • Kind of like the smell of campfire in your hair


The summer season begins with 4 weeks of intensive training in May into June, where you’ll build the skills and experience you need to lead youth on canoe trips before embarking on a culminating 8 day staff trip to practice your skills. You’ll lead 3-4 canoe trips with youth between July and August. Trips are usually 9 days long, though a 5 day and a 14 day trip are also offered.

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P.O. Box 811, Kingston, ON

Charitable Registration #: 104030036 RR0001