Camp Counselor

The mission of the Corona-Norco Family YMCA is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice that build healthy spirit, mind and body.
Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY: Our Camp Counselor can be tasked with any and all Day Camp needs. Primary responsibilities include direct oversight of the youth, setup and cleaning of sites, parent feedback and interaction, safety checks, and prepping behind the scenes to help us have successful programs. Camp staff are our member’s primary contact with the Y. Camp staff are expected to represent the Y’s core values and speak with the Y voice. Our staff encourages participation by all members of our community and creates an environment where everyone aspires to be their best. Having a positive adult role model is a vital part of a child’s life. Camp staff must be passionate about working with youth and being that mentor. A major key to Youth Development is the involvement of the family. Camp staff should regularly communicate with our families the progress and growth, as well as any difficulties our children face. Camp staff will work with the families and youth to find the best programs across the association for the development of our kids.

Qualifications

Minimum one (1) year of experience working or participating in a youth group/program setting. YMCA program participation preferred. • HS graduate minimum. Associate degree in a related field or 1-2 years of college completion in a related field preferred; equivalent work experience will be considered. • Minimum 18 years of age. • Proven ability to coordinate, implement, and/or lead enrichment/recreational activities. • Knowledge of youth development practices and conflict mediation. • Energetic, youth-friendly, and creative person with a high level of enthusiasm about providing meaningful opportunities and activities for youth. • Proven ability to work effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions and perceptions. • Possess imagination, a sense of humor, patience, conviction, sincerity, enthusiasm, initiative, selfcontrol, adaptability, willingness to learn, integrity and ingenuity. • Must possess the four essential characteristics for dealing with the growth of youth into adulthood: good health, intelligence, moral character, and personality. • Ability to follow and accept instruction and relate well with peers. • Familiarity working with schools and community-based agencies preferred. • Must be able to model the core values, Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Honesty. • Must have commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA and uphold its values and ethics. • Must have clearance through fingerprinting, drug testing, criminal records, and child abuse index check. REQUIRED TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS: • CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date

Essential Functions

• Under the direction of the Associate Executive Director, the Camp Counselor will coordinate and implement both structured and unstructured camp programming to engage youth and provide opportunities for youth and teens to succeed, develop leadership skills, and foster healthy growth. • Oversee a group of campers weekly. • Attend and oversee field trips with campers. • Provide opportunities for youth and teens to develop & strengthen academic, physical, and social skills. • Connect youth with caring adults, consciously engage non-engaged program participants and be impactful leaders to our youth. • Provide clear leadership to youth and teen participants/members by consistently supervising activities, confidently identifying boundaries, communicating rules and educating and supporting youth on acceptable behavior. • Attend staff meetings and trainings as scheduled and required. Support Leaders/Directors in implementation of meetings and trainings. • Adheres to YMCA program standards regarding safety and risk management. • Act as representative of the Corona Norco Family YMCA at all times. Conveys information on programs and schedules and refers members to other programs as appropriate. Articulate the mission, cause and rally cry of the Corona Norco Family YMCA • Supports other Y staff and volunteers by building strong relationships using Y tools, such as Listen First, in all interactions. The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. • Conveys information on the Corona-Norco Family YMCA charitable initiatives. • Builds strong relationships and rapport with members and helps them connect with each other and the YMCA. Encourages member involvement and identifies potential volunteers. • Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention, emergencies, dress guidelines and cleanliness standards. • Other duties as assigned. 

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies

YMCA COMPETENCIES : Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising. Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others. Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members. Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 

Required Certifications

REQUIRED TRAINING AND CERTIFICATIONS: • CPR, First Aid, AED certifications and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire date unless otherwise stated below