Day Camp Lead Counselor is responsible for providing leadership, ensuring safety of all participants and direct supervision of a group of children in a seasonal day camp. This position is responsible for planning, implementation, and facilitation of daily program activities. The Lead Counselor has the ability to create positive and nurturing relationships with children while building cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers all focused on YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.
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.
· Provides a safe and healthy environment, both physically and mentally, to ensure the operation of a high quality program
· Plans and facilitates daily program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values
· Provides careful, attentive supervision of all youth; alert at all times
· Communicates regularly and effectively with other staff and YMCA leadership
· Follows all policies, procedures, and standards as established by the law or the Y (e.g., safety or emergency procedures, behavior guidance strategies, child abuse prevention policies); makes ADA accommodations where appropriate; maintains the program site, equipment, and required program records.
· Nurtures children through purposeful programming; plans activities that are intended to achieve program goals and outcomes, are culturally relevant, are developmentally appropriate, and are consistent with the Y’s values.
· Creates a positive rapport and shared interest with all youth; models relationship-building skills in all interactions.
· Provides opportunities for youth to lead, problem-solve, and make decisions and choices within the program and provides daily opportunities for youth to reflect on and respond to their experiences.
· Provides and welcomes ongoing dialogue with parents and caregivers about their child’s needs and progress; connects families to the Y.
· Maintains a clean and organized workplace including setting up and cleaning up activities.
· Take care of day camp property daily (e.g., indoor and outdoor spaces, camp equipment & supplies)
· Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including, but not limited to those related to safety, cleanliness, medical situations, camper behavior management, child abuse prevention and emergencies
· Attends and participates in family nights, program activities, staff meetings, and staff training.
· Performs other duties as assigned.
· Must be at least 18 years of age or older
· High School Diploma or equivalent. One or more years of college or equivalent professional experience in the field of Youth Development. Bachelor’s degree in education, recreation, or related field preferred.
· CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications from an approved organization required within 30 days of hire.
· Child Abuse Prevention training required within 30 days of hire.
· Previous experience working with children in a camp setting.
· Previous experience in one or more of the following areas: outdoor living, archery, songs/music, skits, sports, aquatics, or recreational games.
· Experience in creating, planning, and facilitating interactive and educational/artistic activities, youth development, physical activities, academic enrichment, and the arts.
· Must have strong leadership and diplomacy skills
· Exceptional group management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
· Must possess speaking, listening and writing, skills appropriate for interacting with both children and adults
· Must be capable of implementing the daily program related responsibilities of the program
· Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
· Commitment to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
· Must have flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances
· Demonstrate a working knowledge of YMCA mission, purpose and goals, childcare policies and YMCA standards; ensures the program meets the highest standards of excellence.