Summer Camp Counselor Job at Heart of the Valley YMCA, Huntsville, AL

  • Heart of the Valley YMCA
  • Huntsville, AL

Job Description



Provides direct supervision of a group of children in a seasonal day camp/after school program. Provides a quality experience to children and parents focused on YMCA core values: honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.


This position requires the individual to perform a broad range of activities and duties needing full range of motion, including manual and finger dexterity and hand and eye coordination. Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings. The position requires the ability to lift 30 pounds, bend, stand and walk for extended periods of time. It also requires working under stressful condition and irregular hours.

  • Communicate and promote the YMCA mission, goals and objectives to employees, volunteers and the community at large.
  • Promote a safe and positive atmosphere during scheduled working hours.
  • Adhere to policies related to boundaries with youth.
  • Report suspicious or inappropriate behaviors and policy violations.
  • Follows mandated abuse reporting requirements.
  • Identifies problem areas to ensure the safety of participants and keep all work areas clean and presentable.
  • Plan and implement program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values.
  • Work as a staff team member with all School Age staff.
  • Ensure that all School Age Program areas, equipment and supplies are maintained in an orderly and safe manner.
  • Provide quality experience for the children in the School Age Programs.
  • Adhere to schedules and planned activities.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, trainings, and special activities that are YMCA functions.
  • Complete daily record keeping requirements such as attendance, check in/out system, help administer swim test, and watch children in the pool area.
  • Communicate positively with campers.
  • Work with the appropriate YMCA Director to plan structured activities.
  • Arrive to work as scheduled wearing staff shirt.
  • Notify supervisor of all incidents immediately, and discipline problems as needed.
  • Responsible for any other duties as assigned by the Family Services Director.


  • Willingness to carry out the mission of the YMCA and its programs.
  • Ability to see that all business and safety records and procedures set up by the corporation are completed accurately within the defined time schedule.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain all personal certifications needed to serve in this position.
  • Ability to interpret, as well as, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and utilize initiative, ability to be organized and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Computer experience in a Windows environment and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to learn and utilize other software programs.
  • Work to continue personal competency through education, outside literature, seminars, etc.
  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Child Abuse Training prior to working with children.
  • CPR, First Aid, AED certification and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30 days of hire.
  • Experience working with children ages 5-14 years old.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.
  • Able to work as a team leader and builder/member.
  • Has a leadership presence in all situations.
  • Able to work with diverse populations.
  • Professional appearance and behavior.
  • Able to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Able to research, analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Adhere to drug free/tobacco free workplace policy.
  • Desire to work in a YMCA setting in accordance with the YMCA mission.

Job Tags

Summer work, Seasonal work, Immediate start, Outdoor,

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