Volunteer - Junior Counselor

Volunteer Opportunity Description


The Junior Counselor’s main role is to assist the Senior Counselor in leading groups and providing fun and safe experiences for children. The Junior Counselor will help the campers acquire a feeling of high self-esteem, self-worth and competence in an outdoor setting.  The incumbent will help his/her group and its members assert their interests and expand their ideas and knowledge.  The incumbent will be responsible for the safety and well being of each camper’s sprit, mind and body while in the day camp program.


  • Assist the senior counselor by being an active and enthusiastic leader, teacher and participant in all camp activities along with his/her group, which may include swimming
  • Be responsible for the general health, happiness and safety of the campers assigned to him/her
  • Know where all campers are at all times - Utilize the buddy system and frequent head counts to ensure campers are always accounted for, especially during free swim time
  • Assist with controlling campers and group to ensure campers is safe and well behaved
  • Deal with discipline problems based on given guidelines
  • Keep Senior Counselor informed of all concerns
  • Follow the weekly-prepared schedule to ensure that all campers participate in all activities - Fill free time with activities appropriate for the group
  • Actively participate and assist in leading in opening and closing ceremonies daily
  • Act as a role model to campers at all times - Exhibit good judgment, enthusiasm for the activities and strong awareness of safety
  • Communicate with parents about campers experiences
  • While on the bus, enforce and follow all safety rules - Participate and lead songs, games and other activities
  • Incorporate the Four Core Values of the YMCA—caring, honesty, respect, responsibility—into all programs and model these values to others at all times
  • Know and understand ALL emergency procedures associated with the camp program
  • Know, enforce and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas


  • Ages 14-17 years old
  • Previous experience or school course work in working with children and/or recreation
  • An interest in working with children in a camp setting and desire to be a positive influence on children
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Criminal background check for ages 16-17 years old
  • Reference Check
  • Signed Code of Conduct
  • Completion of online New Volunteer Orientation (NVO)