I am trying to populate a table by joining an excel sheet to a featureclass and using field calculator to populate the fields, but I am getting errors for the arcpy.addjoin_management.

import arcpy

arcpy.env.workspace = r'C:\Users\vincent.law\Documents\CW_Peter_Lougheed_PP.gdb'
jointable = r'C:\Users\vincent.law\Documents\BoultenCreek1.xlsx\Sheet1$'

arcpy.AddField_management("Campsite", "Campground_NameCampsite_Number", "TEXT","","","","", "NULLABLE", "REQUIRED")
arcpy.CalculateField_management("Campsite", "Campground_NameCampsite_Number", "!Campground_Name!+ !Campsite_Number!", "PYTHON_9.3", "")
arcpy.AddJoin_management("Campsite", "Campground_NameCampsite_Number", "jointable", "Campground_NameCampsite_Number", "KEEP_ALL")
arcpy.CalculateField_management("Campsite","Campsite.Pad_Length","[Sheet1$.Pad_Length]","VB", "")
arcpy.CalculateField_management("Campsite","Campsite.Pad_Min_Width","[Sheet1$.Pad_Min_Width]","VB", "")
arcpy.CalculateField_management("Campsite","Campsite.Campsite_Type","[Sheet1$.Campsite_Type]","VB", "")
DeleteField_management("Campsite", "Campground_NameCampsite_Number")

File "C:\Python27\ArcGISx6410.3\Lib\site-packages\pythonwin\pywin\framework\scriptutils.py", line 326, in RunScript exec codeObject in main.dict File "\goa\desktop\T_Z\vincent.law\Desktop\campsite.py", line 8, in arcpy.AddJoin_management("Campsite", "Campground_NameCampsite_Number", "jointable", "Campground_NameCampsite_Number", "KEEP_ALL") File "C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.3\ArcPy\arcpy\management.py", line 6120, in AddJoin raise e ExecuteError: Failed to execute. Parameters are not valid. The value cannot be a feature class

ERROR 000840: The value is not a Raster Layer.

ERROR 000840: The value is not a Raster Catalog Layer.

ERROR 000840: The value is not a Mosaic Layer.

WARNING 000970: The join field Campground_NameCampsite_Number in the join table Campsite is not indexed. To improve performance, we recommend that an index be created for the join field in the join table.

ERROR 000732: Join Table: Dataset jointable does not exist or is not supported Failed to execute (AddJoin).

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Joins need to be on layers, not feature classes. There's a hint in the error message - The value cannot be a feature class

arcpy.MakeFeatureLayer_management("campsite", "campsite_layer")
arcpy.AddJoin_management("campsite_layer", ......

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