Camp Counselor

RATE OF PAY: $14.20/hr


Under the direction of the Day Camp Director, or his/her designate, and consistent with the mission of the YMCA and in cooperation with other YMCA staff, the Day Camp Counselor will provide care for campers from Monday through Friday.  They will also be responsible for working with the Day Camp Director to work on the operational aspects of the Day camp Program.  Including: Caring for campers ages 4-12, activity facilitation, be responsible for the cleaning of camp, communicating with parents, pick up and drop off duty. You will work with the Day Camp Director to ensure a strong staff team and successful parent and camper experience.


  • Counselors will work with the Day Camp Director to create a quality summer camp program helping campers develop a sense of accomplishment, belonging and character.
  • Ensure cleanliness of camp.
  • Rotate early morning and afternoon shifts.
  • Be ready to facilitate and participate in all activities.
  • Facilitate proper group behavior.
  • Assist with scanning during pool time. Swim with group.  Proper dress during pool time.
  • Provide an emotionally and physically safe environment for our campers.
  • Exhibit personal habits, health, dress, speech, table etiquette and relationships with other staff that serve as a good role model to campers.
  • Implements character development, mission, diversity initiatives, and quality initiatives into program.
  • Manage appropriate behavior with all children and implement the Camp’s discipline policy when necessary.
  • Maintain positive work relationship with parents, co-workers and supervisors.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Follow all risk management protocol.
  • Ensure proper documentation maintained for all risk management situations.
  • Attend all training’s required for employment for the YMCA.
  • All other duties as assigned.


This job works with the Day Camp Director and Co-workers to supervise campers who participate in our summer program.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Junior in high school preferred has a high school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Preferable age of 18 but can be hired at 16. Experience and training significant for camp programs.


  • Interest in children and significant evidence of emotional maturity, good moral character, judgment, integrity and leadership capability.
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors.
  • Ability to create and work within a diverse and respectful environment so that each camper has the opportunity for personal growth.
  • Ability to adapt to changing needs and circumstances.
  • Large and small group management skills.
  • Desire to learn and apply experiences as necessary.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to be able to communicate in a positive manner with member, participants and staff.


Obtain CPR, First Aid/AED, and Oxygen Certifications within 30 days of hire, if supervisor asks. Complete the Legally Required Online Training’s done in staff training. Attend all training’s and staff meetings related to the position.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of campers or employees of organization.


Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Job requires staff to participate with campers in an outdoor setting throughout the summer. Staff are required to swim daily with the campers and actively participate in all activities that are scheduled.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to hold, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee must have ability to assist in scanning and swim with campers during group swim time.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee must be comfortable performing all duties in an outdoor environment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To Apply: Please fill out both applications and return them to the Cortland County Family YMCA.

Employment Application
Summer Camp Application