1.     Job Summary: 

The Overnight Camp Lead is responsible for leading a designated program or activity, acting as a unit lead and/or providing program support at camp.  Examples may include but is not limited to arts and crafts lead, climbing lead, nature lead, trail lead, canoe lead, archery lead, etc. The Camp Lead may support camp counselors as a unit or activity lead as well as direct service to campers.  The incumbent provides high quality experiences for campers that focus on the YMCA core values: caring, equity, honesty, respect and responsibility. 

2.      Essential Functions: 

·       Develop and deliver programs that are appropriate for the age/ability of the campers while following safety and educational procedures.

o   Write lesson plans and implement schedules for the program that meet camp outcomes and the abilities of the campers in small and large group activities. 

o   Prepare, lead, teach, and evaluate the success of the program which may include theme/special camp activities.

o   Provide a progression of programs within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities that align with mission and outcomes.

o   Evaluate abilities of campers and staff and ensure they are following safety and educational procedures.

·       Prepare for and actively participate in staff training, continued learning, and meetings.

o   May assist in the implementation of staff training and train staff in their responsibilities in specialized program areas.

o   Assist in training staff in using equipment and lesson planning for the program activity.

o   Ensure campers and staff follow safety procedures.

o   Provide work direction to camp counselors as needed.

·       Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers and staff in their groups within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.

o   Apply Social Emotional Learning concepts and basic youth development principles in working with campers and staff through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment.

o   Ability to communicate and work with groups (all ages and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.

o   Assures campers are properly supervised at all times.

o   Helps assure staff are properly supported at all times.

o   Be aware of and implement safety guidelines within all of camp.

o   If applicable, properly supervise campers in cabin sleeping arrangements.

·       Maintain high standards for health and mental health in all activities for campers and staff.

o   Provide daily care for every camper and staff within your program.

o   Ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers and staff in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers and staff.

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Water Skills


·       Minimum age of 18.

·       If applicable, valid DOT Medical Examiners Certificate

o   Valid US Driver’s License and ability to pass both external driving background check and camp driving evaluation

o   Minimum age of 20 to drive a camp vehicle in state

o   Minimum age of 21 to drive a camp vehicle across state lines

Required Skills:

Adult and Pediatric First Aid & CPR/AED provided by YMCA or other certified organization (may be obtained upon hire but must be completed before an employee supervises youth).

·       Lifeguard certification may be required for some Counselor positions and can be obtained after hire. The YMCA recognizes and accepts certifications from the following institutions: American Red Cross, YMCA, Star Guard, and Boy Scouts of America

·       Minimum of one (1) season experience in camp, youth programs, recreation,

Preferred Skills:

·       Possess or acquire the required certifications for specific program areas.

·       Demonstrated ability to keep accurate records and organize program area logistics.

·       Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with little direct supervision.

·       Strong organizational and communication skills.

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.

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