The mission of Hidden Valley 4-H Camp is to provide youth with a fun, residential camp experience under the guidance of positive role models that emphasize community building, positive social interactions, environmental awareness and skill building.
The Day Camp Lead Counselor is responsible for overseeing the daily operations for day campers including Cloverbud campers (6-7). The Day Camp Lead Counselor will assist with training, supervision Junior Counselor staff and with administrative tasks related to campers including following the Day Camper Safety Plan.
Some physical requirements of this position could be endurance including prolonged standing, bending, stooping, walking long distances, running, hiking, climbing, and stretching; requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.; willing to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, cold, rain, sun, and other varying weather conditions, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.
The Day Camp Lead Counselor will assume role on June 14 to assist in opening camp with the Hidden Valley Leadership team and help prepare for staff training week. The summer camp season includes one week of pre-camp staff training (6/25-7/2) and 6 weeks of Day camp that begin on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. daily. There may be early drop off at 7:30 and late pick up through 6:00 p.m. for some campers needing wrap around care. Specific dates camp is in operation are July 4 through August 13. The Day Camp Lead Counselor may live on or off camp property for the duration of the camp season, apart from Thursday evenings as day campers have the option to stay overnight and attend Closing Campfire.
Oversight of day campers including supervision and sign in at drop off and pick up time
Assist Camp Manager in weekly staff meetings on topics that assist with Day and Residential camp coordination.
Work with Camp Health Manager on daily health checks and communication with parents regarding health issues
Establish good rapport and communicate with parents and/or guardians of day campers during check in and pick up.
Oversee and assist where needed in daily sign in and sign out of all day campers using the Bunk 1 platform to assist.
Serve as a positive role model in language, appearance, and behavior.
Review, understand and follow the Day Camp Health and Safety Plan
Support and embrace diversity in all interactions with campers, other staff members, volunteers, and parents. Implement programs that engage diverse backgrounds, interests and learning styles.
Additional Duties may be assigned, as necessary.
Be able to communicate verbally with campers and counselor staff to provide daily activity instruction.
Have visual ability to recognize hazards in the camp setting as well as physical symptoms of camper injury or illness.
Have auditory ability to respond appropriately to hazards and any camper concerns.
Be able to observe camper behavior in daily camp life, to respond verbally to health and safety concerns, and to deal appropriately with any improper behavior.
Be physically able to accompany campers to any of the camp activities
Assure campers are properly supervised within the NYS Department of Health camp ratios at all times
Follow the NYS Department of Health and American Camp Association guidelines for all activities
Apply positive youth development principles in working with campers through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, and involvement and engagement of youth
Serve as a positive role model in language, appearance, and behavior
Support and embrace diversity in all interactions with campers, other staff members, volunteers and parents. Implement programs that engage diverse backgrounds, interests and learning styles.
Arrive on time for all scheduled activities and duties.
Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
Maintain a clean, professional, well-groomed appearance while on duty keeping in compliance with the Association and Camp Dress Code Policy at all times.
Keep all relationships on a platonic basis during camp hours and camp season.
Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Assist Supervisor with implementation of camp crisis management plan and/or emergency management procedures as required.
Adhere to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards.
Interact with campers, staff, parents, families, and the general public in a professional manner at all times.
Aware of and adhere to all policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention, and emergencies.
Ensure complete confidentiality of sensitive information regarding campers and staff at all times.
18 years of age or older
Experience working with youth in an outdoor camp setting
Early childhood experience preferred
Knowledge of 4-H and Positive Youth Development (PYD) and 4-H Thriving Model desired
Ability to supervise and organize youth and adults
Current First Aid Responding to Emergency and/or CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certificates desired
Salary and Benefit Details
Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits are not available for this position.
Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.
To be considered for this position, all candidates must:
Complete *ALL* sections of the online application and questionnaires.
Attach a Cover Letter.
Attach a Resume.
Attach names and contact information of at least 3 References.
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