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YMCA of Greater Boston Outdoor Day Camp Counselor in Hyde Park, Massachusetts

Job Description

Reports to: Camp Director

Position Type: Up to 40 hours a week

Camp Location: 1 Ponkapoag Trail Canton, MA (Blue Hills Reservation)

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Site Director, the Outdoor Day Camp Counselor leads a specific age group of children through a schedule of daily activities that allows children to learn and play at the same time, explore the community they live in, participate in sports and swimming and develop positive relationships.

In the middle of the summer, the Outdoor Day Camp Counselor will transition into an Enrichment Camp Counselor for five weeks to support the Summer Learning Academy. The counselor will lead their group through a schedule of academics in the morning and enrichment activities in the afternoon.

Key Functions/Responsibilities:


  • Emphasizes personal safety and emotional well-being with campers, parents and other camp personnel at all times. Camper safety is a top priority

  • Interprets the quality of YMCA values to camper, CIT's parents and staff. Must be a positive role model.

  • Develops appropriate relationships with all campers in their care, Understands, establishes, and abides by appropriate boundaries.

  • Plans and implements recreational and educational programs that emphasize group participation with an appropriate amount of choice.

  • Uses positive, constructive methods of discipline, positive reinforcement, and ensures that all staff does the same.

  • Communicates respectfully, openly and effectively with all staff, parents and children.

  • Assists pool staff during daily swim instruction and aids lifeguards during free swim time.

Program Implementation

  • Keeps daily attendance records for assigned group. Stays alert to camper needs by practicing active listening. Frequently takes a name to face roll call at the beginning, during, and end of each activity period.

  • Reports all accidents and unusual incidents immediately to appropriate supervisors and completes necessary documentation.

  • Communicates program information, problems, and concerns as they occur.

  • Assists with planning and implementing daily camp activities, camp special events and Family Night activities.

  • Actively participates in all aspects of camp daily leadership schedule including openings, closings, and extended hours.

  • Attends all staff meetings and training sessions. Becomes familiar with training materials and actively incorporates them in their day to day interactions and work with campers.

  • Maintains and cares for all program areas and supplies. Ensures that campers treat all equipment, supplies, and camp property responsibly.

  • Performs other duties as required by supervisor (remains flexible). Demonstrates a willingness to help where needed and actively seeks to develop oneself.

  • Abides by the established YMCA/DPH/ACA day camp policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines and asks when in doubt.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a passion for working with and nurturing children.

  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; college degree or pursuing a college degree preferred.

  • Experience working with children (youth programs, camp settings, or related field); understands the needs of children.

Physical Demands:

  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in all physical camp games and activities.

  • Works in a busy outdoor environment.

  • Expected to be in the water during all swim periods.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Must demonstrate cultural sensitivity and utilize effective communication skills.

  • Possesses a knowledge of group process-collaborative style of working within a team.

  • Must possess current First Aid, Oxygen, and CPR certifications and as required by the specific camp; or successfully complete YMCA provided First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Prevention Training upon hire.

  • Must be available at a minimum of 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday for an 8 hour shift between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm.