Activity Specialist Camp Santa Maria

The Activity Specialists are the go-to staff member for outdoor recreation programs, leadership and fun.
Camp Description
YMCA Camp Santa Maria is a traditional overnight camp located on 1,000+ beautiful acres near Bailey, Colorado (less 90 min drive from Denver). We are a mid-sized camp providing children ages 6-17 with outdoor adventures, resilience-nurturing experiences, support from a welcoming camp community, new skills and countless moments of fun, silliness and smile-inducing joy. Join our team and your summer could include epic hikes, backpacking, sharing outdoor skills, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, as you immerse our campers in the community and culture of our mountain summer camp.
Job Description

You will help children gain a sense of wonder for the natural world around them. The Activity Specialists oversee specific activity areas such as waterfront, target sports, outdoor survival skills, experiential arts, and other camp activities.

Physical Demands

Camp life can be physically and emotionally challenging. You will be asked to function at 8200 ft of elevation, in a variety of summer mountain weather ranging from snow to highs in the 90's with potential strong thunderstorms. On an average day you will walk 3-5 miles.

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Pay Rate: Starting at $400-450/week dependent on previous Camp Santa Maria or other camp experience or certifications held. This position requires you to live at camp. Room and board are included. Training starts on May 24.

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OUR BENEFITS ROCK. All full-time Santa Maria seasonal staff are eligible to receive a free family membership to the YMCA of Northern Colorado: From teens to seniors, this benefit impacts the entire household! And your family can receive 50% to 100% off YMCA of Northern Colorado Programs. That includes free YMCA Camp Noco traditional day camp, youth sports, learn to skate and swim lessons, and half off YMCA Camp Santa Maria overnight camp, personal training, specialty summer camps, and childcare. Have questions about how our benefits apply to you? Your unique benefits package will be discussed at point hire.

We were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association in 1844. But today, we are The Y, an association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. At the YMCA of Northern Colorado, we are committed to equal opportunity employment regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation.

  • 18 years old.
  • Completion of: Child Abuse Prevention for Supervisory Staff, Staff Training, WFA, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogens. Lifeguard certification is a plus.
  • Completion of YMCA program-specific certifications.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community
  • Lifeguard Certification or be willing to get it during staff training.
  • Archery Certification or be willing to get it during staff training.
  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings.
Essential Functions
  • Lead program activities with the Cabin Leaders to meet the needs of the camp community and fulfill YMCA objectives.
  • Support camp daily, weekly and seasonally as an engaged member of planning and meeting sessions with the Camp Santa Maria support staff team.
  • Coordinates use of facilities for program activities and events with the Leadership staff team.
  • Live in Cabins with Cabin Leaders if necessary for ratio.
  • Models relationship-building skills for campers and staff.