Camp Counselor Job Description, Responsibilities, Qualifications

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Camp Counselor Job Description, Responsibilities, Qualifications

Camp Counselor Job Description

Camp Counselor definition – Camp Counselor provides direct supervision of a group of children in a seasonal day camp. The Counselor creates positive, nurturing relationships with children, while building cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers. camp counselor description promotes and supports the potential of all youth in programs and facilitates peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall summer camp experience.

Camp Counselor leads children through a variety of activities including rock climbing, swimming, weekly field trips, arts & crafts, gym games and more. They incorporate nutrition education with weekly-themed camps providing a high level of safety and fun for children from ages three to twelve years.

Responsibilities of a Camp Counselor

  • Familiar with methods of dealing with problem behaviors of children in your care.
  • Being able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be courteous and exercise tact and diplomacy when dealing with the Members.
  • Show professionalism, independence and willingness to learn on the job.
  • Must keep children safe and under constant supervision.
  • Must keep children hydrated and sun-screened when outdoors.
  • Must be able to communicate with parents and inform them of any important information about their children.
  • Must accompany and supervise children while in lessons (golf, tennis, etc.).
  • Create a physically and psychologically safe environment for villagers and other staff.
  • Participate in all aspects of Village life, including meals, song times, evening programs, cultural presentations and staff meetings. Lead or assist as directed.
  • Teach small language classes and/or activity classes.
  • Live in a cabin with children (“villagers”), as part of a counseling team, to provide supervision. Lead games, Cabin Council and other activities to create a cabin community.
  • Serve as a positive role model for desired behaviors among villagers, including use of Village language.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned by the dean and leadership staff.
  • Provide constant supervision of and be a positive role model for camp participants
  • Maintain accurate attendance records showing the movement of assigned participants throughout the day.
  • Monitor and advise participants to follow camp rules in order to ensure their safety.
  • Monitor the activity areas for potential safety hazards and make any correction to provide a safe camp experience.
  • Provide leadership participation with assigned activities.
  • Report any concerns related to participant discipline to Camp Director.
  • Maintain appearance and demeanor that communicated confidence, confidentiality, and professionalism.


Job Duties of a Camp Counselor

    • Lead a group of approximately 15 children safely in a variety of camp activities.
    • Serve as the Group Leader to the campers, showing enthusiasm in deed and spirit.
    • Plan, lead and participate in a variety of camp activities such as games, songs, sports, skits and special events.
    • Follow lesson plans provided by the Camp Coordinator/Camp Director/School Principal.
    • Supervise children during swim activities; this includes swimming with them, keeping children safe and engaged in the swim/pool activities.
    • Responsible for the safety and well being of each child in his/her group.
    • Supervise the campers carefully to ensure the safety of the children and property.
    • Maintain a physical environment (indoors and outdoors) which is safe, attractive, and clean.
    • Actively engage and interact with the children during lunch time periods.
    • Develop opportunities for positive interaction between campers and staff.


Camp Counselor Skills & Experience

Must be highly motivated and take direction well with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Knowledge of child care programming; recreation and its application; safety and emergency first-aid procedures; program management; customer service principles; and budget management. The ability to successfully: establish and maintain safe environments for children; perform first aid and/or CPR in an emergency situation; work evenings and weekends; work productively without supervision within established organizational policies and procedures; provide superior customer service and resolve customer complaints and escalated problems; and effectively manage employees and budgets. Skilled in: lifesaving procedures and instruction; recruiting, supervising, training, evaluating and motivating employees.

A combination of education and experience may be considered. The ability to successfully complete a background check including and not limited to criminal history and/or motor vehicle check is required.

  • Minimum of 18 years old.
  • High school diploma or GED required; one or more years of college preferred.
  • Prior experience working with children between the ages Pre-K through 8th Grade.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain certifications in CPR, First Aid and Advanced Lifesaving.
  • The ability to adequately observe participant activities, enforce safety regulations and apply appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Genuine passion for and desire to work with children.

Camp Counselor Salary

  • $340-$355 weekly stipend
  • Complimentary Y Membership
  • $100 End of Summer Bonus

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Reference: YMCA of the USA

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