About Camp Bow-Isle

Established in 1960, Camp Bow-Isle has been supporting young Christian Scientists as they learn more about themselves as the perfect children of God. The camp, set on 208 acres in the middle of Bowen Island in British Columbia, is the smallest and most rustic of the C.S. camps. The Girl’s sessions run for half the summer and the Boy’s for the other half. There are also two six day sessions of Family Camp at each end of the summer. There are between 9 to 12 on staff consisting of an Executive Director, Counselors, Counselors- in-Training, Camp Cook, Cook’s help and a handyperson. Activities often center on the lake and the field beside it. There are plenty of paths through the woods, many leading off the property for hiking, rock climbing and rappelling, or to the ocean beaches. There is also a ropes course and climbing tower on the camp property.

Camp Bow-Isle is seeking a candidate who is a strategic thinker and problem solver. The ideal candidate will bring a collaborative style to the camp, with a proven record of leadership and excellent communication skills. They will also be an experienced team builder and manager in an environment that supports children of all ages, parents, donors and the community at large. The successful applicant must be an active member of the Mother Church, a branch church member and be a class taught Christian Scientist who actively attends an association meeting.  The candidate should have five years’ experience at a summer camp.  Outdoor education training and a university degree is preferred. They will embrace the challenge of supporting the camp’s mission statement “to offer an outdoor, recreational, cultural and spiritual program to enable individuals and families to recognize their spirituality and cherish each other through the practical application of Christian Science.”

Assistant Director Job Description

Principle Duties & Responsibilities

The Assistant Director is responsible for the successful leadership of the “Junior” and “Senior” girls camp sessions (“Girls Camp”) and Women’s Weekend.

  1. Responsible for hiring, training, leading, and managing all of the counselors and activities for those camp sessions.
    • Assists with running the program for Family Camp sessions.
    • Assists with programming when needed during Boys Camps.
    • Assists with Bowen Island Outdoor Centre (BIOC) programs in the shoulder season.
  2. The Assistant Director is an active student of Christian Science, demonstrating the highest standard of Christian Science practice on a daily basis, both privately and as a role model for campers and staff. They metaphysically support Camp Bow-Isle daily.
  3. The Assistant Director interacts with everyone who comes into contact with Camp Bow-Isle, at any time and for any reason, in a manner that maintains and upholds a loving atmosphere that blesses all.
  4. The Assistant Director strives to provide the highest quality camp program. This includes:
    • Creating opportunities for spiritual, mental and physical growth.
    • Maintaining the current program, including separate sessions for ages and genders.
    • Continuing to expand and improve the quality of program activities offered, enabling campers to gain outdoor skills.
    • Helping campers and parents to link the camp experience to life at church, home and school.
    • Recognizing that program activities are a means to an end, not ends unto themselves.
    • Ensuring that campers are physically and emotionally safe while at camp.
  5. The Assistant Director will also provide administrative, fundraising and marketing support to the Executive Director.  Employee will make monthly reports to Employer’s Executive Board (the “Board”) relating to such work and to their work as Assistant Director of Girls Camp.
    • Includes travel for recruiting & Camp show.
    • Other duties as required by the Executive Director or Executive Board.

Qualifications / Requirements

  • Be an active Mother Church and branch church member.
  • Be a class-taught Christian Scientist who annually attends a Christian Science association meeting.
  • Have ethical and moral behavior in both personal and professional dealings.
  • Be an experienced leader, team builder and manager.
  • Works Camp hours when camp is in session and full-time hours in the shoulder season (May & Sept).
  • Be willing to work part time in the off-season (Oct-Apr).
  • Have a genuine fondness for and ability to relate to children of all ages, parents, donors and others.
  • Holds a University degree (preferred).
  • Has 5 years experience at a summer camp or residential program (preferred).
  • Holds Canadian certifications (or be willing to be certified) for lifeguarding, first aid, class 1 driver’s license, food safety, high ropes, etc. (preferred).


  • $775.00 CAD a week from May 1 – September 30.
  • $17.00 CAD an hour between October 1 and April 30.
  • Starting date to be determined.


  • Ferry Card.
  • Housing and Utilities (while living at camp).
  • Camp meals during summer months.

If you are interested in applying for this position please click here to download the application and send it along with your cover letter and résumé to board@bowisle.ca by 5 PM August 7.