Summer Day Camp Counselor (Greenpoint YMCA)

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community.
Job Description

Salary: $17.00+ P/H

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities. 

Summer Camp season is quickly approaching, and the Greenpoint YMCA is currently accepting applications for Summer Camp Counselors. Our camps are seeking the “best of the best” candidates to ensure that our campers have the best summer of their lives.


Y Summer Camp

There is an energy and magic to summer camp that cannot be replicated. Throughout the gyms, classrooms, playgrounds, campgrounds, buses and trains, campers can be heard laughing, singing, playing and learning. Y Camps provide an exciting camp experience in a safe and accepting environment and enhance campers’ self-confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills.


Is this the job for you?

Do you want to work for an organization that continuously strives to make a positive impact in NYC? The Y is in all 5 boroughs. We serve 12,000 campers by providing fun, safe and positive experiences for kids.


Who are we looking to hire?

We are looking for people who enjoy working with youth. People who are creative, have a passion about teaching youth new skills, are enthusiastic and model our four core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We are looking for people who can provide a safe and positive environment for school age children, to provide opportunities for learning, interaction, and academic/personal growth.


What’s in it for you?

Aside from being a part of a greater movement and actively playing a role in developing our next generation, the Y offers so much more:

  • Build your resume with marketable skills that include teamwork, creativity, communication and leadership.
  • Receive 40 hours of training which are great to list on your resume.
  • Work for an organization that consistently raises the bar and always looks towards being innovative – did you know the Y invented basketball?
  • Have fun – while this is a serious job and safety is our number one priority, we conduct our days with all things fun.
  • Take advantage of discount offers to special events throughout New York City, via our “Plum Benefits” program.
  • Get a Y membership. Our seasonal staff receive an individual, adult membership for the time of their employment.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Minimum one (1) year of experience working with youth.
  • Must be available to work Monday-Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm.


Essential Functions

A day in the life of a Summer Camp Counselor

The Summer Camp Counselor plays a critical role in the successful operation of our Camp program. The Summer Camp Counselor is responsible for providing a safe and positive environment for school age children and provide opportunities for learning, interaction, and academic/personal growth. Summer Camp Counselors plan and implement meaningful activities, lesson plans and special events that are structured, age-appropriate, fun, exciting, challenging, and values based in the areas of arts, STEM, character development, literacy, creative expression, community service, physical fitness and/or nutrition. The incumbent will also promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all staff and participants and promotes a positive camp spirit.

Want more information on Camp? – click here.


Key dates

The summer camp season begins July 4th and ends on August 26th. You must also attend, and successfully complete, 40 hours of pre-camp training.


How to apply?

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.


** New Requirement**

All potential YMCA of Greater New York employees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. To be considered for this position, please attach your proof of COVID-19 vaccination, along with your resume.



Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities