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YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Summer Day Camp Unit/Team Leader - Full Time in Naperville, Illinois


Kroehler YMCA is hiring for multiple Summer Camp Unit Leaders!

As a YMCA Summer Camp Unit Leader, you will recieve:

  • Competitive & Guaranteed pay

  • No weekends

  • Free gym membership

  • Amazing co-workers and an invaluable work experience

What our Unit Leaders Say...

"Camp has given me so many relationships not only with the campers but with staff and parents. I have grown so much in patience, communication, and creativity. Going through the struggles made the great times more rewarding..."

The Day Camp Unit Leader serves as a professional role model for our campers and counselors by leading through example and guiding campers and counselors.

At YMCA summer camps, we create an exciting, safe environment for kids to have an unforgettable summer of fun. And while they’re taking part in unique experiences and adventures, you are developing leadership skills and confidence while making lasting friendships and memories.

We are looking for Summer Camp Unit Leaders to serve as professional role models by oversee and monitor recreational activities in their assigned cohort, guiding campers and counselors, and leading through example.

Join us for the experience of a lifetime.

As a Summer Camp Unit Leader, you are responsible to:

  • Promote the YMCA, provide excellent customer service and create an outstanding camper experience for children, parents and families.

  • Lead recreational activities with campers, including but not limited to: arts and crafts, sports, social recreation, songfests, nature hikes, archery, and other games and hobbies.

  • Lead recreational activities with campers, including but not limited to: arts and crafts, sports, social recreation, songfests, nature hikes, archery, and other games and hobbies.

  • Instruct campers using various teaching methods and modifies activities as needed to ensure that campers of all ages and experience levels are engaged.

  • Teach socially acceptable behaviors to campers by serving as a role model and by using age-appropriate positive reinforcement and behavior management strategies.

  • Communicate consistently with supervisors, team leaders, unit leaders and other team members to ensure everyone is kept abreast of camp activities and schedule.

  • Supports camp activities as assigned by supervisor, including any specialty camp activities.

  • Ensures the physical and emotional health and safety of campers by being safety conscious, following all established YMCA standards and critically evaluating situations for potential risks.

  • Ensures compliance with established rules and regulations to ensure safety.

  • Monitors campers and counselors and provides corrective coaching and intervention as necessary.

  • Set-up facilities and/or equipment for activities and stores equipment appropriately after use and work to keep camp facilities clean at all times.

What do you need to be a Summer Camp Unit Leader?

  • A commitment to and a passion for working with diverse youth.

  • Enjoy being outdoors, are creative and not afraid to work and play hard.

  • Your experience in camping, childcare, education, recreation, sports or related is a plus but not required.

  • You will be 19 years of age or older by the start of camp.

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely present ideas and concepts and tailor communication to multiple audiences

  • Passion for working with diverse youth and ability to provide a high-quality of instruction using age-appropriate practices.

  • Proven ability to establish constructive relationships and interact as a positive role model.

  • Continuous learner who leverages opportunities for learning and applies new knowledge and skills.

Meets physical qualifications required as outlined in job description. The YMCA will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Child Abuse Prevention / Support the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor

  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children

  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor

  • Completing all child abuse prevention training, as required

Be a part of our mission.

The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our instructors and other team members to help us achieve our mission one child, one family, and one team member at a time.

Street: 34 S. Washington St.

Days and/or Times Needed: Full Time hours, 40+ Monday - Friday

ID: 2020-13057