1. Job Summary:
The Overnight Camp Counselor is responsible for planning, leading, coordinating, and implementing core and non-core programs and experiences for children in a small group setting in daily program and in the overnight cabin setting. They will also be responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the participants in their group. The incumbent will provide high quality outdoor educational and recreational experiences for participants that focus on the YMCA core values of caring, equity, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
2. Essential Responsibilities:
- Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their living unit within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
- Apply social emotional learning concepts and other basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement, and empowerment of youth.
- Assure campers are properly supervised at all times while in daily program and in assigned cabin sleeping arrangements.
- Be aware of and implement all safety guidelines and procedures within camp activities and cabin sleeping arrangements.
- Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.
- Responsible for leading or assisting with the teaching of activities.
- Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
- Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
- Assist in program areas such as waterfront, nature, all camp activities, challenge course, archery, horses, and arts and crafts as directed.
- Maintain high standards for health and mental health in all activities for campers.
- Provide care for each camper within your supervision during the day and at night in cabin sleeping arrangements.
- Ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
- Ability to identify and respond to camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques in alignment with camp training and proactive response.
- Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by the Health Office.
- Be alert to campers needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems; discuss with camp health manager and/or camp director when appropriate.
- Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
- Maintain high standards of safety in all activities for campers and staff.
- Know and understand proper supervision procedures while sleeping in the same cabin as participants of all ages.
- Assist in maintaining accurate program records and documentation including incident reports.
- Know and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with the camp program.
- Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers’ safety and their whereabouts at all times.
- Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure