1. Job Summary:
The Assistant Camp Counselor is responsible for assisting and following the lead of the Camp Counselor in planning, leading, coordinating, and implementing core and non-core programs and experiences for children in a small group 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 assist in providing 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 the Camp Counselor in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their camper group within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
Apply Social Emotional Learning concepts and basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, and respect for diversity, involvement, and empowerment of youth.
Ability to communicate and work with groups (all ages and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers.
Assists in ensuring campers are properly supervised at all times.
Be aware of and implement safety guidelines and procedures within camp activities.
Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.
Responsible for assisting with the teaching of activities.
Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
Assist in providing a progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
Assist in a variety of small and large group activities and programs each week. Activities may include crafts, nature, songs, games, swimming, archery, canoeing, Family Night, etc.
Maintain high standards for health and mental health in all activities for campers.
Provide daily care for each camper within your supervision.
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 assist Camp Counselor in responding to camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, assist in enforcing appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques in alignment with camp training and proactive response.
Assist the Camp Counselor in ensuring that campers receive their medications as directed by Camp Health Manager.
Be alert to campers needs, communicate with Camp Counselor any 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.
About YMCA of the North
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement
YMCA of the North team members exemplify the association’s mission, vision and values – caring, equity, honesty, respect and responsibility – as well as the association’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for those within and outside of the organization. Team members demonstrate cultural competencies and respect for all people’s backgrounds and incorporate cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into programming and organizational culture.
The YMCA of the North is committed to developing plans and strategies to ensure team members and volunteers reflect the demographics of communities being served, as well as providing team members with opportunities for learning and development to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion competencies.