Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
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Job Title.
   Camp Counselor
Short Description of the Job.
   Counselor leads a specific age group of children
Complete Description of the Job.
   POSITION SUMMARY: This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Under the direction of the Senior Child Care Coordinator, the Day Camp Counselor leads a specific age group of children through a schedule of daily activities that allows children to learn and play at the same time, explore the community they live in, participate in sports and swimming and develop positive relationships. Day Camp counselors model the Y's leadership core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. OUR CULTURE: Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: •Emphasizes personal safety and emotional well-being with campers, parents and other camp personnel at all times. Camper safety is a top priority. •Interprets the quality of YMCA values to campers, parents, and staff. Must be a positive role model. Develops appropriate relationships with all campers in their care. Understands, establishes, and abides by appropriate boundaries. •Plans and implements recreational and educational programs that emphasize group participation with an appropriate amount of choice. •Uses positive, constructive methods of discipline/positive reinforcement, and ensures that all staff does the same. •Communicates respectfully, openly and effectively with all staff, parents and children. •Assists pool staff during daily swim instruction and aids lifeguards during free swim time. •Program Implementation •Keeps daily attendance records for assigned group. Stays alert to camper needs by practicing active listening. Frequently takes a name to face roll call, at the beginning, during, and end of each activity period. •Reports all accidents and unusual incidents immediately to appropriate supervisors and completes necessary documentation. •Communicates program information, problems, and concerns as they occur. •Assists with planning and implementing of daily camp activities, camp special events and Family Night activities. •Actively participates in all aspects of camp daily leadership schedule including openings, closings, and extended hours. •Attends all staff meetings and training sessions. Becomes familiar with training materials and actively incorporates them in their day today interactions and work with campers. •Maintains and cares for all program areas and supplies. Ensures that campers treat all equipment, supplies, and camp property responsibly. •Performs other duties as required by supervisor (remains flexible). Demonstrates a willingness to help where needed and actively seeks to develop oneself. •Abides by the established YMCA/DOH/ACA day camp policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines and asks when in doubt. QUALIFICATIONS: •Must be at least 16 years of age and have a passion for working with and nurturing children. •Experience working with children (youth programs, camp settings or related field); understand the needs of children. •Must demonstrate cultural sensitivity and utilize effective communication skills. •Possesses a knowledge of group process – collaborative style of working within a team. •Must be committed to carry out YMCA mission, camp philosophy, and departmental goals. •Must possess or be able to retain a current First Aid, Oxygen, and CPR certifications and as required by the specific camp; or successfully complete YMCA provided First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Prevention Training upon hire. WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS: •The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. •Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in all physical camp games and activities. •Works in a busy indoor environment; leads outside activities as well. •May be expected to be in the water during all swim periods. HEALTH AND SAFETY EXPECTATIONS: •Employees must maintain a safe work environment free of clutter, debris and hazardous conditions. •Report all accidents/incidents involving themselves, members/program participants, guests or other employees and complete accident/incident reports immediately. •Follow all COVID-19 safety and protocol guidelines laid out by the SRYMCA, Department of Health, and CDC. •Be familiar with Emergency Procedures and specific duties assigned to them. •Be familiar with additional safety responsibilities specific to their position. The SRYMCA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job Category.
   Other/Not Listed
Job Level.
   Entry Level
Position Type.
For More Information Contact.
   Theresa Cooper
518-583-9622 ext. 155
Employer Info.
   Saratoga Regional YMCA
290 West Ave .
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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