Job Title: Lead Group Counselor
Reports To: Programs Manager
Pay: $17.20/Hour, 20 Hrs/Wk + $500 Bonus For Completion of School Year
Timeframe: September 2018 - June 2019
Lead Group Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper. The Lead Group Counselor is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their camper group within activities and throughout the camp in order to meet the intended camper outcomes.
⬥ Apply basic youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
⬥ Assures campers are properly supervised at all times.
⬥ Be aware of and implement safety guidelines.
2. Participate in the development and implementation of program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes.
⬥ Responsible for leading or assisting with the teaching of activities.
⬥ Actively participate in all program areas as assigned.
⬥ Provide for a progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
⬥ Design and lead weekly field trips
⬥ Assist in program areas such as cycling, fitness, gardening, photography, nature adventures,
and all other camp activities, as directed.
3. Maintain high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
⬥ Provide the daily care of each camper within your supervision including recognition of
personal health needs.
⬥ Ensure that campers receive their medications as directed by Health Care Manager.
⬥ Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems; discuss with camp health manager and/or camp director when appropriate.
⬥ Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is
adhered to; report repairs needed promptly to camp director.
4. Be a role model to campers and staff in your attitude and behavior.
⬥ Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
⬥ Set a good example to campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and
practices including sanitation, schedule, and sportsmanship.
5. Represent the camp when interacting with parents or community members.
⬥ Provide parents appropriate feedback and information as needed for their campers to have a successful camp experience.
⬥ Follow safety and security protocols when campers are in public while presenting a positive image of the camp.
Other Job Duties:
⬥ Provide supervision for campers while campers are transported to and from camp or during scheduled field trips off of camp property.
⬥ Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
⬥ Maintain accurate attendance records.
Maintain excellent relationships with Lead & Assistant Group Counselors, Kitchen Staff, Program Specialists, business and maintenance staff, and the Programs Manager.
Counselors will utilize equipment provided within each activity workshop as well as school computers, tables and chairs, and other classroom and field trip materials.
Qualifications: (Minimum Education and Experience)
⬥ Must be at least 18 years of age.
⬥ Must hold an associate's degree in Child Development, Elementary Education, Physical Education, Recreation, or a related field OR School-Age Child Care Credentials or other Office recognized credentials specific to the school-age developmental period AND have one year of experience working with children less than 13 years of age OR High School diploma or equivalent AND two years direct experience working with children under 12 years of age.
⬥ Must be able to obtain or become certified in First Aid/CPR and NYS Mandated Reporter prior to first day of work.
⬥ Must submit health history record and examination form prior to first day of work.
⬥ Ability to interact with all age levels.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
⬥ Understanding of the development needs of youth.
⬥ Ability to relate to youth and adults in a positive manner.
⬥ Demonstrated knowledge and skill in program areas designated camp program areas.
Physical Aspects of the Job:
⬥ Ability to communicate and work with groups participating (age and skill levels) and provide necessary instruction to campers and staff.
⬥ Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.
⬥ Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.
⬥ Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to
⬥ Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist
campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and
endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
⬥ Endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances,
hiking, and stretching.
⬥ Eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities.
⬥ Normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
⬥ Willingness to work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.