West Cook YMCA

Camp Counselor Lead

Job Type: Seasonal

Category: Youth Development

Compensation: $14-$16/hr


West Cook YMCA
255 S. Marion St.
Oak Park, Il 60302

Job Description


Camp Counselor Leads thrive when they are energetic, outgoing individuals who excel at creating intentional relationships with youth and counselors. In addition to providing direct supervision to a group of children, they also engage in exciting activities that focus on building new skills, creating relationships, and establishing a sense of belonging. Shift Leads work alongside Camp Counselors to build cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers and create opportunities for them to engage the Camp program. They promote and support the potential of all youth in programs and facilitate peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall camp experience. In terms of a time commitment, Camp day runs 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, and some families may need early drop off or late pickup, shifts will vary depending on need. The Camp season is June 14, 2021 - August 13, 2021 and there are required online and in-person trainings prior to the start of Camp.


1. Responsible to guide counselors and campers through the camp program, help keep the camp groups on schedule and actively participate in the activities.

2. Alongside Camp Counselors, ensures supervision of and active participation with the camp groups.

3. Plans and implements developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant activities for assigned group that are consistent with YMCA values.

4. Supports counselors with execution of activities and ensures camp groups have documents needed for the day i.e. rosters, emergency binder, allergy lists, first aid kits, updates to camp activities etc.

5. Be active and fully engaged with youth as you participate in all programs and activities.

6. Adheres to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards.

7. Attends all meetings and trainings.

8. Maintains daily and weekly program records, updates co-leads and supervisor regularly, and ensures that all opening and closing procedures are complete daily.

9. Actively supervises activities at the pool and field trips, and maintains a visual of all participants

10. Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies.

11. Maintains positive relationships with parents and staff. Models relationship-building skills in all interactions.

12. Performs some administrative work weekly, such as tracking attendance, welcome phone calls and processing registration packets to update emergency binders and camp counselors.

13. Adheres to all protocols and procedures for COVID-19 safety guidelines

14. Performs other duties as assigned within the scope of the position.

Job Requirements


Values: Demonstrates in word and action the Y’s core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility and a commitment to the Y’s mission, in all matters at all times.

Quality Results: Demonstrates and fosters a strong commitment to achieving goals in a manner that provides quality experiences.

Functional Expertise: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Relationships: Builds authentic relationships in the service of enhancing individual and team performance to support the Y’s work.

Developing Others: Recognizes and acts on the need to continually develop others’ capabilities to attain the highest level of performance possible.



1. Degree or pursuit of degree in Education or related field preferred

2. Previous experience working with children preferably in a day camp or developmental setting

3. Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: outdoors, music, drama, S.T.E.M., sports, aquatics, recreational games, etc.

4. At least 25 years of age (to operate a company vehicle)

5. CPR, First Aid, AED certifications, Child Abuse Prevention AND Bloodborne Pathogens training prior to start date (provided if needed).

6. Comfortable supervising and engaging youth in water during swim times

7. Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.



· Ability to walk, stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.

· Exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.

· Must be able to lift and carry supplies weighing up to 50 pounds.

· Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.

· Position may require bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.

· Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate.

· Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical situations and physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency



EMAIL RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO: youthdevelopmenthr@westcookymca.org






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