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Cornell Cooperative Extension Day Camp Sr. Counselor - Hamden, NY in Hamden, New York

This position will serve as a Day Camp Sr. Counselor at 4-H Camp Shankitunk. 4-H Camp Shankitunk is a traditional summer camp located in Delhi, NY. 4-H Camp Shankitunk operates both a day camp program (ages 6-14) and an overnight program (ages 8-16) for youth in the summer and hires approximately 50-60 seasonal camp staff members. 4-H Camp Shankitunk is owned by Delaware County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County.

Counselors will provide leadership and guidance for assigned groups of campers. This includes but is not limited to a cabin group, unit group, platoon group, class/activity groups, etc. Duties include developing and implementing lesson plans and activities, coaching and mentoring campers as they interact with others throughout the camp experience, including conflict resolution when needed. Counselors will provide supervision and ensure compliance with camp policies and procedures for campers assigned to their group(s) to ensure the program runs safely. Counselors, under the supervision of the Camp Director, Program Coordinator(s), and Program Assistants, plan and conduct activities for 4-H Camp Shankitunk campers. Counselors will assist with all camp program activities and other camp-wide activities as assigned. Counselors will implement safety and health regulations and participate in staff meetings and training events as scheduled.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years old to comply with NYS Department of Health regulations.

  • Experience and desire to work with children.

  • Strong organizational and leadership skills.

  • Ability to teach, supervise and motivate youth.

  • Emotional maturity, good health, and vitality.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with campers and other staff members.

  • Willingness to learn.

  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in Conflict Resolution desirable.

  • One year of college and coursework in education, physical education, outdoor recreation, youth development, or a related field desirable.

  • One or more years of experience as a camp counselor desirable.

  • First Aid/CPR or Lifeguarding certification desirable.

    Position Responsibilities and Essential Functions

Program Development – 5%

  • Work with Program Coordinator(s) and Program Assistant(s) to investigate and create additional program resources.

  • Make suggestions to the Program Coordinator(s) and Program Assistant(s) for the development of new activities.

  • Work closely with Program Coordinator(s) and Program Assistant(s) to develop educational and recreational program activities.

    Program Delivery – 60%

  • Lead educational activities that engage campers and provide opportunities for knowledge acquisition and skill development.

  • Teach and deliver the existing camp program as defined.

  • Teach innovative camp programs. Utilizing established materials serve as a subject matter resource in discipline; to provide standard responses.

  • Interact with camp participants.

  • Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.

  • Evaluate the camper's abilities and skills in program areas to ensure an appropriate program level and activities.

    Program Evaluation – 5%

  • Continuously evaluate program activities and consult with Program Coordinator(s) and Program Assistant(s) to adjust based on evaluation as needed.

  • Prepare written evaluation reports as directed.

Administrative Direction – 5%

  • Work closely with Program Coordinator(s) and Program Assistant(s) to plan educational and recreational program activities.

Administrative Management – 10%

  • Supervise campers in your assigned group (e.g., cabin, platoon, class, etc.) to ensure safety.

  • Enforce camp rules with campers in your charge by consistently adhering to procedures.

  • Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities and daily routines.

  • Actively supervise daily routines, including meals, snacks, camper hygiene, rest, and pack-up for day campers.

  • Actively supervise campers during program areas and all camp activities.

  • Recognize and respond to problems as they arise

  • Supervise all safety procedures required for assigned activity.

  • Be alert and monitor campers' needs.

  • Discuss camper needs with Camp Director and parents, as appropriate.

  • Work with and support other counselors to ensure a cohesive camping environment that supports community-oriented camp culture and emphasizes acceptance, cooperation, and empathy.

  • Set a good example and role model by demonstrating respect, cleanliness, punctuality, cooperation, caring, sportsmanship, manners, and healthy habits.

  • Show enthusiasm and encourage campers to get involved in all camp activities.

  • Communicate regularly with other Program Assistants, Program Coordinators, and Camp Director to identify areas of concern and possible solutions.

Administrative Coordination/Operation – 10%

  • Instruct campers in your assigned group(s) on applicable emergency procedures .

  • Explain all safety procedures required for assigned group(s).

  • Take attendance for all assigned groups of campers and report any campers not accounted for immediately.

  • Explain camp and establish cabin rules with campers in your assigned group(s), ensuring compliance with established camp policies and safety.

  • Report hazards, unsafe conditions, equipment, and facilities to the Facilities Coordinator and/or Camp Director.

  • Communicate with Health Coordinator to ensure appropriate knowledge transfer of applicable information from camper health records.

  • Document incidents and concerns as directed.

  • Make positive connections with campers and develop meaningful, respectful relationships.

  • Facilitate problem-solving through active listening, guidance, and conflict mediation.

  • Assist with camper personal and health problems, including facilitating additional resources when neccessary.

  • Determine equipment and supply needs and submit them to Program Coordinator(s) and Program Assistant(s).

  • Prepare space, equipment, and materials for daily activities in a manner that optimizes camper motivation and learning.

  • Assist with weekly camper drop off and pick up; parking duties, health check-ins, or other duties as assigned.

  • Answer parent questions for camper drop-off and pick-up.

  • Complete reports and maintain accurate records as directed.

  • Prepare for and actively participate in staff training and meetings.

  • Maintain a clean, neat, and orderly program and cabin spaces.

  • Maintain program equipment in a safe condition.

  • Maintain inventory of program supplies and equipment as directed.

Professional Improvement – 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and address changes and Association priorities.

  • Collaborate in activities that generally support Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.

  • Be familiar with and follow applicable federal, state, and local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement, and standards.

  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy – Applied to all duties and functions

  • Conduct all programming and activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Act, Title IX Rehabilitation, Americans with disabilities Act, and local state, and regional affirmative action plans

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers, and the public.

  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.

  • Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.

  • Be aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Delaware County policies, procedures, and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.

  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.

  • At all times, act in a professional customer service manner including but not limited to business-like demeanor, tactful communications, cooperative, helpful, positive and receptive manner.

    Position Details

This is a full-time, exempt, temporary position that will run from June 1st - August 2nd. The salary will range from $1,200 - $1,800. Salary is commensurate with experience, certifications, responsibilities, and availability.

The position will work at 4-H Camp Shankitunk in Delhi, NY. The standard work schedule is Mon.-Fri. with the potential to work Sunday, if needed and with prior approval. In the event of a transportation barrier, overnight accommodations may be available upon request (subject to availability). Age 18+ required (see position Day Camp Jr. Counselor if under age 18).

Application Deadline

All applicants must apply online by close of day on March 1, 2024 to be considered for this position.

Please be sure to read the Notice to Applicants found on the Jobs with CCE page:

How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: . For details on how to apply, visit:

Please submit resume, cover letter and references. Consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting.

No relocation or employment visa sponsorship available.

Please contact Corrine Tompkins, CCE Delaware Camp Administrator, email with questions.

Job Title:

Association Tmp Camp Couns Sr


No Grade - Annual

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Contact Name:

Lori North

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