Youth Development Specialist
Fort Bragg, CA
Who are We:
We are not just any summer camp; we’re something more
We provide a safe space for our campers from challenging neighborhoods in San Francisco
We promote and value diverse, equitable, inclusive, and belonging within a strong staff community
We influence & inspire our campers to help them become more successful & proactive adults
We foster an environment that allows our staff to thrive and grow as professionals, no matter their chosen field
We’re a ton of fun!
Who are You:
You are a role model who will always put our youth first
You have an unparalleled sense of integrity, emotional intelligence, & commitment to quality work
You believe in the power of working and playing in nature
You thrive while working collaboratively
You are willing to learn, grow, & get better
You value creativity, professionalism, empathy, & patience
A Youth Development Specialist (Camp Counselor) works closely with a small team to supervise a group of up to 40 youth. Ensures a fun, safe, and positive camp experience for campers. A Camp Counselor manages behavior issues and participates in all Camp activities, runs some activities whilst always promoting positive character development.
Responsible for participation of small groups of youth in assigned activities
Ensure youth engage in appropriately in all Camp activities
Provide emotional support and guidance to campers
Ensure campers’ medical needs are met through monitoring, and utilizing onsite infirmary staff
Foster growth in the areas of: life skills, self care, and interpersonal skills
Ensure safety of all campers in their group including setting clear safety expectations, observing and engaging campers while in their care, assessing the appropriateness of camper behaviors, following emergency procedures and all COVID-19 safety protocols.
Supervise youth at all times including overnight in a cabin with approximately 5 campers
Engage campers with positivity, including participating in all activities, overnight hikes, and other activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, archery, biking, hiking, gardening, environmental education, and challenge course elements
Lead & plan traditional Camp activities, including but not limited to: arts & crafts, archery, hiking, environmental education, and sports.
Foster character development consistent with BGCSF philosophy
Other duties as specified by direct supervisor
Previous experience in supervising and developing youth
Experience working with youth
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with coworkers and campers
Ability to handle difficult or stressful situations in a professional manner
Excellent communication skills
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Minimum of 2 years experience working with youth
Experience working with youth in an overnight camp setting
Experience working with youth from disadvantaged circumstances
About Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco
Since 1891, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco (BGCSF) has provided high-quality, community-based youth development services to at-risk youth in San Francisco. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Our Clubs are located in neighborhoods with the fewest resources for youth, and we are open when youth need us the most—after school, on most school holidays, and all day during the summer. We also provided full-day programming when schools were closed during the pandemic helping youth to access their school’s remote learning. In addition to our 13 traditional Clubhouses and School-Based Clubs in San Francisco, we also own and operate Camp Mendocino, a 2,000-acre residential summer camp that provides inspiring outdoor experiences.We impact the lives of Club members, primarily ages six to 18, by focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyles