Community Outreach Day Camp Counselor

Location: Dallas, TX (Town North YMCA - 4332 Northaven Road)

Job Description

 

The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Town North Family YMCA is currently looking for fun, caring, and creative staff to work in our Outreach Summer Day Camp. Outreach Day camp allows for exciting new experiences, building a variety of skills, a sense of community and lasting friendships.

If you love working with children and want to positively make a lasting impact on your community, while cheerfully building your own self-confidence and skill set, then Y Day Camp is a great place to work this summer! Outreach Day Camp Counselors must be energetic and have a positive attitude. Y counselors are dedicated to making sure camp is a spectacular experience for every camper.

This position, under the direction of the Community Outreach Program Director and site director, is responsible for the supervision and well-being of a group of assigned children ages 5-12.  The Counselor will serve as an appropriate role model for the children and other staff at the site. He/she 
will support the Site/Program Director as he/she operates the Outreach program, following YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas policies, procedures and Operational Promises as well as TDFPS standards.   In addition, he/she will adhere to the following responsibilities:

  • Actively engage in activities with participants including: physical activity and enrichment activity.
  • Under the direction of the Site/Program Director, will report any staff or child accident/incidents or suspected child abuse injury to the Sr. Program Director or Program Director as soon as possible; Fill out appropriate report, make necessary phone calls, and follow all emergency procedures.
  • Attend all scheduled staff meetings, trainings, and any other meetings deemed necessary by the Community Outreach Director.
  • Assist with program set-up and clean-up ensuring they are done correctly, neatly and meet contracted guidelines.
  • Assist with drills to practice site-evacuation/emergency procedures for fire, chemical spill, tornado, etc., and is capable of implementing such procedures.
  • Be directly responsible to the Community Outreach Director, regarding all matters concerning the job responsibilities.
  • Complete all other site specific responsibilities determined and coordinated by the Site/Program Director.

Requirements

 
  • Outreach Day Camp Counselors must be at least 18 years of age with proof of age.
  • High school graduate or equivalent required.  
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, adjust from sitting to standing with ease, and lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Must be able to work outdoors and lead activities.
  • Possess imagination, a sense of humor, patience, conviction, sincerity, enthusiasm, initiative, self- control, adaptability, willingness to learn, integrity, and ingenuity.
  • Must have a desire and ability to relate well to elementary age boys and girl, alongside peers.
  • Possess the ability to lead participants in group activities, especially leading enrichment and recreational activities.
  • Ability to lead and supervise participants, as well as accept supervision and guidance.
  • Must be able to follow instructions individually and work well with a team. 
  • Ability to follow and execute schedules and activity plans.
  • Must complete Safety Series Training 30 days from hire which includes but is not limited to First Aid/CPR, Sexual Harassment, Child Abuse Awareness, and New Staff Orientation.
  • A basic knowledge or understanding of Spanish preferable, but not required.