Camp Orkila Summer Camp Cabin Counselor

For more than 100 years, YMCA Camp Orkila has inspired kids to pursue their potential while learning about and exploring the outdoors.
Camp Description
Located on Orcas Island, YMCA Camp Orkila has been welcoming kids and teens since 1906. With 280 acres of private beach, pristine forest and open fields, there's plenty of space for an incredible array of programs.
Job Description

Tell me about this job!

A Resident Camp Cabin Counselor provides supervision to overall support staff, and to a specific group of staff and campers in Resident Camp at Camp Orkila on beautiful Orcas Island, WA. . Ensures the supervision and safety of campers at all times.



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What you'll get from working at The Y

  • Membership to the YMCA of Greater Seattle for you and your household
  • Retirement with generous employer contributions
  • Free access to mental health resources
  • Rapidly-accruing paid time off (PTO) available immediately upon hire
  • Discounts on qualifying YMCA of Greater Seattle childcare and day camp programs

What we're looking for in an applicant

1. 18 years old or older
2. 1-2 years of experience with children; camps, childcare, tutoring, nannying, coaching
3. Previous camp experience preferred
4. 1+ years of experience leading others as a supervisor or lead
5. Demonstrated experience planning and implementing group activities
6. Ability to participate in activities that involve rigorous physical activity in an outdoor setting including, but not limited to hiking, boating, camping, and swimming.

If applicable, "Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered."


Preferred Education/Experience

• Current state approved first aid certification*
• Current state approved CPR certification*
• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• Current Wilderness First Responder strongly preferred. Documented knowledge of challenge courses and current safety standards and practices
• Prefer knowledge of and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful.
• Experience with anti-racism practices and coalition building.

Essential Functions

What you'll be doing

  1. Supervises a group of campers. Ensures that all campers are accounted for and safe at all times.
  2. Facilitates program activities that are developmentally appropriate and which promote camper skill and character development. Leads and assists with facilitation of all-camp special events.
  3. Provides leadership and supervision to any developing teen leaders placed with the group.
  4. Maintains safety and cleanliness standards. Takes special note of individual camper health needs or concerns on a daily basis.  Shares cleaning duties with fellow staff.
  5. Communicates personal or camper needs to supervisor in a timely manner.
  6. Maintains equipment in sound and safe order.
  7. Attends staff meetings and trainings.
  8. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.