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Day Camp Counselor

Company: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Location: Holland
Posted on: May 15, 2022

Job Description:

Description:
This position is for our West Ottawa Schools location in Holland, MI for summer 2022.

OUR CULTURE:
Guiding Principles describe our behaviors to support our organization's work throughout its life in all circumstances, irrespective of changes in goals, strategies, and leadership. Our Guiding Principles are as follows: We CULTIVATE-We grow staff and volunteer leaders who will be stewards of the Y mission, resources, and opportunities. We OWN-We think long-term and act on behalf of the organization, beyond our own team. We WELCOME-We are inclusive of all people and all communities. We SERVE-We provide timely and excellent service to members, volunteers, community, and each other. We LEARN-We are never done learning and always seek to improve. We are curious about new possibilities and act to explore them. We UNITE-We work together to achieve big goals and speak as one voice. We RESPECT-We treat others with kindness and speak positively about other people in all situations. We PLAY-We celebrate, appreciate, and have fun!

The YMCA of Great Grand Rapids utilizes a Membership By Design framework, which is a member involvement and community building model for YMCAs across the country. All staff members-front-line, management, full- and part-time-and volunteers have a role to play in member engagement. These responsibilities can be broken into six steps:

Enrollment: Staff and volunteers encourage potential members to enroll in programs and activities that meet their needs.
Satisfaction: Staff and volunteers ask members continually about their satisfaction with a program or activity, track responses, listen to suggestions, and respond promptly in a manner consistent with the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Relationship Building: Staff and volunteers are open, friendly, and approachable to all YMCA members and participants. Staff and volunteers initiate interaction with and between members.
Education and Conversion: Staff and volunteers know about and share their knowledge of the YMCA, its programs, its policies, its mission, its values, and how it benefits members and the community.
Volunteerism and Leadership: Staff and volunteers create opportunities for members to volunteer in their areas of interest, and they ask members to do so whenever appropriate.
Ownership: Staff and volunteers encourage members to own the YMCA, using words such as we, us, and our association (and actions that match those words) to include members as well as staff and volunteers.


POSITION SUMMARY:
The Day Camp Counselor is responsible for leading and implementing engaging and fun activities for youth grades Kindergarten to 7th, in a small group setting. They will also be responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the participants in his/her group. The Day Camp Counselor will provide high quality indoor/outdoor educational and recreational experiences for youth that focus on the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and inclusion. This is a seasonal position that runs from the end of May through August. Day camp programming operates Monday - Friday, 7:00am-6:00pm. Staff shifts vary.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week. Activities may include crafts, nature, songs, games, opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, archery, canoeing. This includes time spent on the bus.
Accompany campers along with
Identify and respond to camper behavior issues.
Ensure that identified camp spaces are kept clean, organized, and free of litter.
Communicate with parents about participant's experiences and report concerns to camp leadership.
Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports, logbook documentation, and daily attendance.
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. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers' safety and their whereabouts at all times.


Performs any other functions necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Association

COMPENSATION
$12.27 - $15.33 hourly; Seasonal; Non Exempt
Free YMCA individual membership!
.Requirements:
QUALIFICATIONS

Must be 18 years of age or older
Education classes or experiences in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field.
Ability to lead, organize, and implement program activities.
Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks with the little direct supervision.
Strong organizational and communication skills.
Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities which include, but are not limited to swimming, team building initiatives, physical games, and activities.


CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (required)
First Aid Certification required within the first 60 days
AED-Oxygen Certification required within the first 60 days
Blood Borne Pathogen training
State of Michigan criminal background clearance (ICHAT)


YMCA LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES:
Functional Expertise

Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.
Uses best practices, guidelines, and industry standards as a framework to improve performance.


Developing Self & Others

Supports members, participants, or project teams in achieving their goals.
Reflects on and learns from successes and mistakes.
Proactively shares information, experiences, lessons learned, and suggestions to help others be more successful.
Volunteers for challenging tasks or projects in an effort to grow and develop.
Solicits and is open to informal learning opportunities to gain insight (e.g., performance feedback, coaching, and stretch assignments).


Inclusion

Embraces all dimensions of diversity (i.e., ability, age, culture, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, income, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc.) by treating all people with dignity, compassion, and respect.
Creates a safe environment in which others feel welcome and respected.


WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


TRAVEL
0-5% of local travel within the state of Michigan; occasional out-of-state travel may be required for educational conferences or trainingPI175551750

Keywords: YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids , Day Camp Counselor, Other , Holland, Michigan

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