Camp Counselor

YMCA of Metropolitan Washington DC - Richmond, VA4.1

TemporaryEstimated: $26,000 - $36,000 a year
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is one of the largest charities in the DC area. The Y serves as an anchor in the community offering programs and services encompassing youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Position: Camp Counselor Salary Range: $10.00 - $11.50

Basic Function and Scope of Responsibility:
Provides leadership to a group of children in the day camp program

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assists other staff members with planning and carrying out activities with a particular small group
Promotes good personal relationships, teaches planned activities, and stays alert to potential health or safety dangers to campers
Supports the Camp Director in planning and leading camp activities
Ensures all supplies and program needs are available at the time necessary for the campers and ensures that the camp site is clean and neat when activities are over
Attends all staff trainings, staff meetings, and participates in family events and activities
Responsible for the health and safety of the campers; conduct hourly head counts throughout the day and in accordance with the Day Care/Day Camp Policy
Interacts with the children at all times, taking part in each activity in which the children are involved
Assists and participates in all camp-wide activities and special events
Encourages respect for personal property, camp equipment, and facilities
Write and follow a weekly lesson plan that has been pre-approved by Camp Director
Maintains good public relations with parents
Supports the program goals of the YMCA as a whole and the branch in particular
Other duties as required

Customer Service Standards:Staff Engagement:
I will greet all children with a smile and by name
I will provide ongoing feedback on the child’s progress and development
I will be proactive and responsive to parents needs when concerns occur with their child.

Facility Excellence:
I will provide a safe and clean environment for all kids
I will be knowledgeable about the other service area programs and offerings.

I will be proactive and responsive to parents needs when concerns occur with their child
I will build lasting positive relationships with parents and their kids

Education, Certification, Skills, and Experience:
High school diploma
Must be 18 years of age
Current CPR and First Aid Certification
Documentation of physical examination and TB skin test
Clear the local jurisdiction requirements for criminal background and/or fingerprinting
Must meet the county/state licensing requirements
Prior experience in supervision of children or one season’s experience as a junior counselor or have completed the CIT program
Skilled in teaching a variety of crafts, songs, stories, games, sports, aquatics and related camp activities
Must be able to effectively communicate with children and parents
Must understand and be committed to working with diverse population and to YMCA character development

Complete Training for:
Blood Borne Pathogens
Facility Orientation
Child Care Policy/Prevention of child abuse
Day Camp Policies
Staff/Parent Handbook
Camp Curriculum
Emergency Procedures
  • The YMCA requires that all camp staff attend a minimum of 21 hours of training prior to the start of summer camp and that it be documented in personnel files.
YMCA Leadership Certification:

Working Conditions:
Must be able to work from the week before camp begins for training to the end of the final week of the season
Must be able to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time
Must be physically active to play games and sports with the children
Must be able to pick-up at least 35 pounds
Must have visual acuity to observe all children
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
Has serviced the DC area for over 164 years
Is a $50M organization
Employs approximately 1600 individuals
Provides opportunities in healthy living, youth development, aquatics, youth sports, summer camp, child care, and more for over 250,000 people through our 17 branches and program centers annually
Is part of one of the largest social service organizations in the country