Summer Camp Counselor

The YMCA of South Florida's Upper Keys Program Center is looking for energetic Summer Camp Counselors who enjoy working with children to join our team. Camp Counselors are responsible for the overall day to day group programming, behavior management, and direct supervision and safety of a group of 15 participants / children. This includes planning and implementing camp activities in accordance to both age and developmentally appropriate practices as outlined by licensing agencies, the State of Florida and the YMCA of South Florida guidelines.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide safety and supervision to a group of children and ensure that activities are planned and followed. Maintain coordination with facility personnel for safety and benefit of participants in the program. Ensure that safety rules and practices are followed as they relate to children and staff.
  • Ensure that the proper staff-to-child ratio is maintained at all times and report discrepancies to the Site Supervisor as needed.
  • Document all necessary administrative forms as directed by Site Supervisor/or Program Director. Conduct and maintain daily attendance rosters.
  • Conduct and maintain any necessary measurable tools to track children s progress.
  • Distribute nutritious lunch and snacks on a daily basis using universal health/sanitation practices.
  • Follow all YMCA HEPA standards.
  • Document behavioral issues and/or incidents daily, as needed.
  • Conduct a health check of each child daily noting fever, bumps, bruises, burns, or other questionable signs of abuse and document the incident with the Site Supervisor.
  • Maintain high level of professionalism with parents, facility personnel, staff, and clients at all times. Communicate with parents and guardians regularly.
  • Uphold all YMCA policies and Risk Management / Safety procedures which require reporting all incident and accidents to Site Supervisor immediately.
  • Know and follow proper emergency procedures appropriate to the facility and in conformity with procedures adopted by the YMCA of South Florida and emergency service authorities to ensure the safety of children.
  • Preserve the quality of supplies and materials. Report to Site Supervisor when supplies are needed.
  • Provide regular inspection of area used by the program to ensure both cleanliness and safety.
  • Check bathrooms for supplies and basic cleanliness before allowing participants to enter.
  • Attend all staff meetings and training opportunities as required.

Job Requirements:

  • A high school diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of one to two (1-2) years experience of working with school aged children
  • Ability to relate to children.
  • The counselor must be at least 18 years old at the time of hire.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  • Must complete YMCA NEO, safety and risk management trainings.
  • Must attend all regularly scheduled staff meetings and trainings.
  • Must have demonstrated competency in the planning and implementation of recreational and educational activities.
  • Must be able to implement curriculums and provide instruction to participants at a basic level.

Certificates and Licenses:

  • Active First Aid and CPR certification.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit to and satisfactorily clear a thorough Level II fingerprinting background screening.

The YMCA of South Florida is a Drug Free Workplace and is committed to the policy of Equal Opportunity prohibiting discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, political affiliation, age or disability.

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