Summer Day Camp Activity Specialist (Cross Island YMCA)

We are looking for people who are creative, have a passion for teaching youth new skills, are enthusiastic, and model our four core values.
Job Description

Salary: $17.00 - $30.00 Hourly


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.

To help fulfill our mission, we cultivate a culture of learning, leading, and collaboration to enhance community impact. Through our talented staff and “LEAP” career framework (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Personal Growth), we are committed to a people-first approach that fosters trust, inclusion, growth, and development for all.

Summer Camp season is quickly approaching, and the Cross Island YMCA is currently accepting applications for Summer Day Camp Activity Specialists. 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 enhances 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 for 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 is 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.


A Day in the Life of a Day Camp Activity Specialist

The Day Camp Specialist is responsible for planning and executing recreational or arts activities and providing overall supervision to campers. Specifically, the Day Camp Activity Specialist will prepare and provide age-appropriate fine or performing arts, sports, or STEM instruction for participants in Summer Day Camp.

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Key Dates
The summer day camp season begins on July 1st and ends on August 23rd. You must also attend and successfully complete 40 hours of pre-camp training.

Qualifications
  • High school diploma or equivalent required; college credits and formal education in specialty preferred.
  • At least two (2) years of experience working with youth, specifically in the area of specialty.
  • Formal certification in the area of specialty is required.
  • General knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
    Knowledge of Access, Adobe PageMaker, and Photoshop preferred.  
Essential Functions
  • Ensure the health, safety, and well-being of participants in the program by providing appropriate supervision at all times.
  • Plan and implement meaningful activities and special events that are structured, age-appropriate, fun, exciting, challenging, and values-based in the areas of fine or performing arts, sports, or STEM.
  • Teach participants the fundamentals of fine or performance arts, sports, or STEM, including activities that build their level of skill and confidence.
  • Perform specific scheduled assignments, including but not limited to arrival and departure and lunch duty.
  • Support the planning and implementation of all camp activities, including but not limited to summer learning initiatives, field trips, in-camp events, and culminating performances.
  • Work cooperatively with all program staff.
  • Promote an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful environment that embraces the diversity of all participants.
  • Create and maintain a strength-based, youth-focused atmosphere that is consistent and sensitive to the needs of participants with learning, emotional, or behavioral differences.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation (attendance, sign-in/out forms, behavior reports, incident reports, and accident reports, as appropriate).
  • Understand and communicate the YMCA’s core values and the goals of the Summer Day Camp program to staff, participants, and caregivers.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and guardians through regular communication about their child’s strengths and areas of growth.
  • Attend all required pre-camp training. Actively participate in training sessions, designated meetings, and special events.
  • Adhere to all Department of Health, YMCA of Greater New York, and funder standards, expectations, and regulations.