Assistant Camp Director

Come join our camp team and make a differnce in a childs life!
Job Description

Position Summary: 

Under the assistance of the Camp Director, the Assistant Camp Director will assist with the development and implementation of all camp activities, staff management, and camp operations.  The Assistant Camp Director is a full-time position and is required to reside on camp premises (housing provided).


Bachelor’s degree in recreation or similar field.

Previous camp staff experienced required.

Must be qualified per Michigan state licensing requirements. 

Current First Aid, AED, and Adult/Child CPR certifications. Administration of Medication and Epi-pen certifications. 

Demonstrated desire and ability to work with and relate to children, teens, and one’s peers. 

Demonstrated ability to create, schedule, organize and implement daily camp activities, special events and training activities.

Physical, visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to assigned activities. Must be able to run, walk or stand and fully participate in camp activities for up to 8 hours. 

Demonstrated ability to take initiative, effectively communicate with children and adjust and manage large and small groups.

Good role model of integrity and adaptability.

Essential Functions

Specific Responsibilities: 

Model and teach the YMCA values and camp philosophies with campers, colleagues, parents, visitors, and other constituents.

Connect quickly with staff and campers.  Develop and maintain personal relationships that inspire trust and confidence.  Assist staff and campers with meeting personal goals and those established by the Camp for their development. 

Assist Camp Director with development and implementation of camp curriculum and schedules.  Lead activities for camp and/or units as applicable.

Assist Director in recruitment, selection, training, and provision of ongoing supervision of all camp staff.  Provide ongoing coaching to staff to ensure that goals are achieved and to prepare them for increased responsibilities.  Prepare and process evaluation in accordance with YMCA procedures as assigned. 

Execute staff training curriculum.  Lead training activities and/or staff meetings as assigned.

Execute day-to-day responsibilities to create a safe, secure, and enjoyable environment.  Enforce all safety regulations including keeping campers and program areas clean and safe. 

Anticipate and minimize potential problems with staff, campers or the environment and respond effectively to problems that occur.  Apply camp policies and procedures in responding and/or discipline staff and campers.

Respond quickly and effectively to accidents and incidents.  Assist in the conduction of investigations as may be required and per YMCA policies and procedures.  Accurately prepare and submit accident and incident reports in a timely manner. 

Assist Director in ensuring that unit directors and counselors effectively plan, organize, and lead small and large group activities. This will include evening, overnight and weekend events.  Ensure that curriculum is followed but also allow for spontaneity, creative and flexibility.

Act as a team member as evidenced by active participation in all training events and staff meetings, cooperating with and seeking out all camp staff members. 

Actively participate in camper activities

Assist staff in executing established procedures for supervising campers and activities including but not limited to transportation, group time, lunch, and all swim times. 

Conduct emergency drills and debrief staff and campers after each drill as assigned.

Assist in preparing and ordering equipment and supplies.  Maintain adequate inventory and order replacements per prescribed procedures. 

Perform all other duties as assigned.

Required Certifications

Must be qualified per Michigan state licensing requirements.

Current First Aid, AED, and Adult/Child CPR certifications. Administration of Medication and Epi-pen certifications.