Volunteer in Summer Camps

The Town of Aurora is excited to announce the return of Leader in Training (L.I.T.) and Counsellor in Training (C.I.T.) programs for Summer 2022! Each program offers a unique opportunity for teens to learn and volunteer in our camp programs. Take a look through the options available.

Summer Camps 2022 - Registration Dates

  • April 11 (residents)
  • April 18 (non-residents)

Registered Programs - Pre-registration is required for registered programs. Register online at e-PLAY or pay in-person at one of our recreation facilities (A.F.L.C. or S.A.R.C.).

Drop-Ins & Memberships - To learn about admission to drop-in activities and memberships, please visit our Pass Validation webpage.

Leader in Training (L.I.T.) Program

Age: 13 and up (participants must be the minimum age by December 31, 2022)

A two-week program that introduces teens to leadership development through our summer camps. During the first week of the program, participants will be in-class with instructors for volunteer training. Topics will include basic information on program planning, effective behaviour management for children, games, songs, policies and procedures. For the second week, participants will be placed in one of our camp programs as volunteers. Camp staff will work with L.I.T.s throughout the week, introducing them to the camp environment, mentoring them in camp situations, providing feedback and evaluations, and encouraging them to play a vital role in the camp program. L.I.T.s will be expected to act as role models to campers, being respectful and responsible.

Note: There is a cost associated with this program.

Register for L.I.T. - Summer 2022

Counsellor in Training (C.I.T.) Program

Age: 14 to 15 (participants must be the minimum age by December 31, 2022)

The next step in your leadership training. Participants will attend a mandatory one-day training, covering a range of camp related topics, including leadership, customer service skills, behaviour management, teamwork and risk management. Participants will then be placed in a camp setting, assisting camp groups and supporting the staff team. Within these placements participants will be mentored by camp staff and provided with an evaluation at the end of the session. Participants will be expected to act as role models to campers, being respectful and responsible. C.I.T.s will be required to submit either a completed Self Declaration Form for Minors Working with Vulnerable Individuals (17 Years & Under) or a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check (18 Years & Older).

Note: There is a mandatory training session that must be attended in order to volunteer at camp. Training sessions must take place before in-camp placement week(s). Volunteers are required to pre-register for their in-camp placement weeks to secure a spot. Pre-registration does not guarantee a camp location, only a placement in the program. Participants can register for a maximum of 2 weeks in camp volunteering.

Register for C.I.T. - Summer 2022

General Volunteer Information
  • All volunteers will be required to follow all COVID-19 Summer Camp Guidelines from York Region Public Health and the Province of Ontario.
  • All volunteers will be required to participate in camp swims and water play occurring at their placement. If participating in camp swims, volunteers will complete a swim test overseen by Town of Aurora lifeguards.
  • Camp placement and locations will be confirmed on the Thursday before each in-camp session via email by 6 p.m.
  • For the C.I.T. program, even if participants have attended a training in a previous year, they are still required to attend a 2022 training before volunteering in camp.
  • C.I.T. volunteers are responsible for registering for their volunteer weeks via e-PLAY. Registering for a training session does not guarantee a volunteer placement.
  • Volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from program locations.
  • Volunteers must bring a nut free lunch and snacks, refillable water bottle and sunscreen daily.
  • All volunteers will be provided with a Letter of Community Service and Program Certificate at the end of the summer that confirms their total volunteer hours and general duties.
Volunteer Resources

Record of Community Service Hours

Volunteers are responsible for making sure they get their Community Service Hours forms signed by staff either during their placement or after their placement has ended. Personal information (e.g. name, school, email, and dates of volunteer programs) must be completed before forms are given to Town staff to sign off on hours. During camp, volunteers can choose one of the following options:

  1. Hand volunteer forms into camp staff at their placement location. Forms will be signed by onsite staff and returned by the end of the week.
  2. Drop volunteer forms off at the Aurora Family Leisure Complex (135 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, ON, L4G 4C4, Attention Youth Division). Volunteers will be emailed once the form has been completed. Please allow up to one week for processing.

After camp has ended in the summer, community service forms will not completed on the spot. Volunteers must drop off forms at the address above or email them to the Youth Division.

Required Forms for C.I.T.s

Volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Information Form & Waiver prior to attending training. During completion of the webform, volunteers will also be asked if they want to complete an optional Photo Waiver. Parent/Guardian signatures will be required for participants under the age of 18 years. If volunteers would prefer to complete hardcopies of the required forms, please email youth@aurora.ca


Volunteer Fair 2022

Thank you to everyone for participating in the 2021 Virtual Volunteer Fair. Current volunteer opportunities are listed below. The 2022 Volunteer Fair will take place in September.

For information about the Volunteer Fair or general inquiries, please contact the Youth Division


Volunteer Opportunities

Check out these volunteer opportunities within our community.

Aurora's Farmers' Market & Artisan Fair 

Organization Name: Aurora Farmers’ Market & Artisan Fair

Contact Information:

Description of Organization:

  • The Aurora Farmers' Market & Artisan Fair has been a local Farmers' Market operating in Aurora for 20 years in 2022. A seasonal market, operating on Saturdays from May to October, in Aurora Town Park.

Description of Volunteer Opportunity:

  • Various tasks including setting up and tearing down the Market, assisting customers and vendors as required. Opportunities are available for students to earn volunteer hours on Saturdays, from May 7, 2022 to October 29, 2022.

Requirements to Volunteer:

  •  Ages 14 years and older.

Interesting or Fun Fact about the Organization:

  • They have special focus days, such as Community Corn Roast and Halloween Activities. 
Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area 

Organization Name: Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area

Contact Information:

Description of Organization:

  • Habitat for Humanity GTA is a local non-profit housing organization with a global vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity mobilize communities to help working, lower-income families build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, donors, and community partners, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives for families in the GTA.

Description of Volunteer Opportunity:

  • Centretown Build Site in Oshawa
  • Normandy Build Site in Oshawa
  • Townhouse Build Project
  • ReStore Opportunities across the GTA and Durham. ReStore is a retail operation that sells donated new and gently used home furnishings/supplies, the proceeds of which helps to fund our build projects and bring more families into homes.
  • Deconstruction Team Opportunities. The Deconstruction Team goes into homes to remove appliances for donation.

Requirements to Volunteer:

  • Ages 16 years and older.
  • Bring and wear CSA Approved Steel-Toe Boots.
  • No previous experience required.

Interesting or Fun Fact about the Organization:

  • Habitat for Humanity will provide a letter detailing the volunteer contribution to students who need to give confirmation of community service hours to their school. Volunteers can also collect points for each volunteer shift, which can be redeemed for fun Habitat prizes (t-shirt, key chain, earbuds, Bluetooth speaker, etc.).
York Regional Police 

Organization Name: York Regional Police

Contact Information:

Description of Volunteer Opportunity:

  • Community Volunteer Groups
  • Community Safety Village classroom assistants
  • Mascots
  • Co-op and field placement students
  • Rover/Venturer scout crew members
  • Community Chorus, Pipes and Drums and Youth Band members
  • 32 Military Police Army Cadet Corps

Requirements to Volunteer:

  • Ages 14 years and older.
  • Must complete a York Regional Police Volunteer Application and Background Form.
  • Must not have had a negative interaction with police.
  • Priority given to individuals who live, work or attend school in York Region.

Interesting or Fun Fact about the Organization:

  • York Regional Police is celebrating 50 years of service.

As community organizations navigate the changes of COVID-19, our hope is that more volunteer opportunities will become available. Check back for new updates soon.


Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

The Town of Aurora offers a wide range of volunteer opportunities for youth.

Our programs include:

  • Facilitating fitness 
  • Aquatics programs
  • Special Events
  • Camps
  • Various children/youth programs

For more information on how you can volunteer with the Town, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities webpage 


Volunteer Information

Special Events

Do you want make our events extra special? Come on board as a volunteer for our annual events.

There's always a lot to do in preparation for and during an event.

If you're a student, this is a great way to earn your community service hours and network within the community!

Check out our Special Events volunteering webpage for all current opportunities to volunteer with us.

Aquatics Volunteer

Opportunities available year-round

As a volunteer, you gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to learn new and develop skills and earn discounts towards aquatic courses all while having fun.

Get involved. Meet new people and make a difference in your community and in someone's life.

For more information, please contact Shelley Makepeace

Aquatic Volunteers must be a minimum of 14 years of age, have Bronze Medallion and Emergency First Aid Certification to work in Aquatics.

Loft Ambassador

Opportunities available year round.

Program currently on hold.

The Loft, Aurora's Youth Lounge at the AFLC, is looking for volunteers.

Do you like hanging out at The Loft? Do you want to earn community service hours and gain leadership experience? Sign-up to become a Loft Ambassador and help us make sure the lounge is a fun place for teens to hang out.

Loft Ambassadors will attend a 2-hour training session and volunteer once a week to support staff and participants. Training will take place once a month on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This program is open to teens aged 12 to 17 years. Interested candidates are invited to email our Youth Division to get started.

Youth Engagement Committee

The Youth Engagement Committee (Y.E.C.) is a group of youth aged 12 to 17 years who serve to guide and advise Youth Staff on appropriate programs, special events, and services for youth in the Town of Aurora. Learn more about our Y.E.C. group.


Contact

Email Youth Division