Scott County Family YMCA
  • 11-Feb-2020 to 11-Apr-2020 (CST)
  • Camp Staff
  • Buffalo, IA, USA
  • Stipend
  • Other
  • Seasonal

Seasonal employees enjoy a free individual Y membership and participation in the Y retirement program! (must meet hourly eligibility requirements)


Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper.  The Counselor is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  1. Serve as role model to campers, members, and Y staff and, modeling proper behavior and attitude and at all times live the mission, vision and values of the YMCA movement.
  2. Actively participate as a member of the camp community and in all program areas as assigned.
  3. Ensure that every program activity promotes the core values of the YMCA: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and that every camper receives a positive learning experience. 
  4. Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth. 
  5. Assure campers are properly supervised at all times. 
  6. Maintain and ensure high standards of health and safety are practiced in all activities for campers and staff.  
  7. Ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance of equipment and facilities is adhered to; report needed repairs promptly to the Program Director. 
  8. Plan events and program lesson plans to ensure the learning and positive experience by campers. 
  9. Participate in camp clean up at the beginning and end of camp sessions. 
  10. Maintain cleanliness inside and outside of cabin areas. This includes fire pits, decks, clothes lines etc. 
  11. Conduct weekly meetings with Cabin/Program Heads to discuss concerns and solutions. 
  12. Assist in completing all forms and reports so that all incidents and actions are properly documented whenever necessary. 
  13. Maintain cleanliness at all program areas. This includes fire pits, decks, pavillion,lake, game fields, lodge, etc. 
  14. Participate in and solicit others to participate in necessary YMCA financial development efforts, specifically the Annual Campaign. 
  15. Maintain certifications listed under Certificates and Other Requirements. 
  16. Adherence to all policies and procedures of Scott County Family Y. 
  17. Understand and follow all safety rules and regulations including knowledge of emergency procedures and location of emergency equipment. 
  18. Regular and timely adherence to respective schedule/meetings. 
  19. All other duties as assigned by the Branch Executive Director. 

 EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. High School Diploma or equivalence
  2. No previous experience required, but is preferred.

CERTIFICATIONS AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Must be able to pass background check
  2. Requires living onsite during camp season.
  3. CPR/First Aid/AED certification
  4. Mandatory Reporter
  5. Certain program areas require specific trainings provided by camp. In order to lead those program areas, training by a trained camp staff member is necessary. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Some physical requirements of the Counselor position could be endurance, including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching; requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.   

WORK ENVIRONMENT: While performing the duties of this job, the employee will experience daily exposure to outdoor conditions which will vary depending upon the weather, including but not limited to, sun, heat, humidity, rain, cold, etc. Must be willing to live 24/7 during the camp work weeks in a camp setting and be exposed to outdoor plants and animals such as poison ivy/oak, bugs, snakes, bats, etc.

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