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YMCA of Central New York CAMP NOAH CAMP COUNSELOR in Liverpool, New York

Job Title: Camp Noah Camp Counselor

Reports To: Camp Program Director

FLSA: Non-exempt – Seasonal/Temporary

Work Location: North Area Family YMCA

Salary Range: $15.00

Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday

A Career with a Cause:

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Our purpose is to strengthen the foundations of communities and families through our key areas of focus: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We are committed to these causes because a strong community is achieved when we invest in our children, health, neighbors, and values. Historically founded on the Christian principles of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility; our mission is to put these principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

We are for ALL.

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Position Summary:

This position supports the mission and work of the Y, a leading nonprofit charitable organization. Under the direction of the Camp Program Director, the Summer Camp Counselor is responsible for the supervision and organization of the assigned group’s daily activities, special events, and rainy day activities, such that the objectives of the YMCA will be met and all activities will be appropriate for campers ages 5 to 12 years old. The Camp Counselor provides leadership and assures the well-being for all, in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and Association policies.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary Range: $15.00/hour, Seasonal Part-time Non-exempt

  • YMCA Membership

YMCA Leadership Competencies:

  • Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence

  • Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs

  • Emotional Maturity: Demonstrates ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations


The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • To be available to work daily within the hours of the camp schedule as outlined by the School Age Child Care & Camp Director.

  • To work with other staff to develop a full recreational program each week.

  • To develop and maintain a friendly working relationship and act as a resource/support person for the other staff members.

  • To attend and participate in all staff meetings.

  • To assist in the development and implementation of special programs as assigned by the Camp Program Director or School Age Child Care & Camp Director.

  • Assist in maintenance of all records for the group including attendance, medical reports, accident reports, swim abilities for the entire group, discipline reports and to communicate these matters to the Camp Program Director and/or School Age Child Care & Camp Director.

  • To supervise all children in the assigned group and be aware of safety issues to eliminate accidents. This includes supervising the application of sunscreen 2 to 3x daily.

  • To complete an accident report should a camper receive a minor injury and to follow procedures to notify parents of such injuries.

  • To assist campers with medications and emergency first aid as necessary.

  • To assist with the supervision of the lunch period and sit with a group of campers during the first 20 to 30 minutes to ensure that each camper is eating a proper lunch and drinking enough fluids to prevent dehydration and other heat related illnesses.

  • To be responsible for outdoor play space supervision and safety.

  • To assist all assigned group members with the daily organization of their belongings.

  • To fully engage in all activities, games, sports, arts & crafts, drama, music, etc. in which the assigned group is participating.

  • To be involved in a daily swim program that includes being in the water with campers while supervising and assisting with water activities (note: Female staff are required to wear a conservative one-piece bathing suit or tankini).

  • To attend all weekly camp staff meetings and participate in all extra meetings as needed.

  • To work assigned shifts covering AM and PM extended hours (shifts will be determined during staff orientation).

  • To report to program ready to work at designated shift time.

  • To greet every visitor and/or parent and monitor the sign out table.

  • To act in a professional manner at all times including personal appearance, speech, and interaction with campers, their families, and other staff.

  • To comply with the Camp Dress Code, the YMCA will provide staff shirts which must be worn every day and may not be altered in any way. Staff who alter a shirt by cutting it, writing on it, etc. will be responsible for purchasing replacement shirts at his/her own expense.

  • To understand that you are responsible for your team of campers, LITs, and 1:1 support staff and that your plans should be implemented in such a way that your campers receive a fun, meaningful, and safe experience.

  • To be responsible for working with and supervising LITs assigned to your group. To provide weekly positive feedback and constructive criticism to the LIT Coordinator.

  • To be responsible for the cleanliness and organization of the camp area including the pavilion, fields, camp shed, and any portion of the YMCA building that is used by camp.

  • To be responsible for clear, appropriate communication with campers, their families, and other staff.

  • Handle all discipline problems in a consistent manner as they occur. Seek advice from the Camp Program Director as needed.

  • To be responsible for implementing all other tasks as assigned by the Camp Program Director and/or the School Age Child Care & Camp Director.

Experience, Education, and Qualifications

  • At least 16 years old. Candidates must be 18 years old to be considered for 40 hour/week positions.

  • Experience in recreation and/or education is helpful, while a proven desire to work with and be with kids is essential.

  • Skills in sports, crafts, group games, music/drama, nature study, water activities, and other camp-related topics are required.

  • CPR & First Aid certifications are preferred.

  • Competencies in program development.

  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills are critical to the success of this position.

  • Demonstrated analytical skills.

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, organizational skills, project management, time management, detail orientated.

  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and handle multiple demands simultaneously with minimal direction.

  • Possess and demonstrate excellent customer service, supervising, decision-making, problem solving team oriented, creative thinking and leadership skills.

  • Emotional maturity and ability to observe confidentiality.

  • Enjoyment of the outdoors.

Trainings & Certifications:

  • Must attend and be involved in camp staff training and orientation. This training will include Health & Safety, Behavior Management, Developmentally Appropriate Activities, Lesson Planning, YMCA as well as Camp Policies & Procedures, Aquatics Activities, etc.

  • Must attend weekly staff meetings throughout the camp season.

Physical Demands:

Ability to frequently sit, use his/her hands and fingers, stand, typing, walk, reach, climb, balance, stoop, crouch, kneel and climb a minimum of two flights of stairs multiple times per day. Occasionally required to lift and/or carry and move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required close, color, distance, peripheral, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

Duties are performed in an outdoor day camp setting and at times summer camp employees may be exposed to undesirable working conditions, extreme outdoor temperatures, inclement weather, communicable infectious diseases, and the risk of injury from children. All child care employees are required to follow the preventive health policies of the Center at all times. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to above average.