Day Camp Counselor - Donelson-Hermitage YMCA - Summer 2021



Pre- Application Deadline:  30 April 2021

 Posted until filled

Job Type:

 Part Time/ Seasonal

Shift Hours:

 Monday - Friday 9a-3:30 pm with some flexibility

 Camp Awesome Day Camp






At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, our staff—of all ages and from diverse backgrounds and life experiences—work to bridge the gap in community needs by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors. Simply put, the Y is for everyone. Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively affects the lives of the people in your community.


Camp begins: Week of June 7th 

Mandatory training: To be held the week of May 24th

Pay Range: Starts at $8.80 per hour, depending on experience

Position Summary:

 The Day Camp Counselor will help his/her group and its members assert their interests and expand their ideas and knowledge.  The Day Camp Counselor will be responsible for the safety and well being of each camper’s sprit, mind and body while in the day camp program.

Essential Functions:

  • Model the YMCA core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility

  • Ensure safe and risk free environment at all times while meeting the individual needs of the participants

  • Act as a role model to campers at all times

  • Exhibit good judgment, enthusiasm for the activities and strong awareness of safety

  • Assist the Camp Coordinator by being an active and enthusiastic leader, teacher and participant in all camp activities along with his/her group, which may include swimming

  • Maintain the general health, happiness and safety of the campers assigned to him/her

  • 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

  • Assist with controlling campers and group to ensure each camper is safe and deal with discipline problems based on given guidelines, while keeping Camp Coordinator 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; participate and lead songs, games and other activities

  • Participate actively and assist in leading in opening and closing ceremonies daily and complete other duties as assigned

  • Greet and communicate with parents through camper recognition or notes about camp experiences

  • Submit reports, on time, as required

  • Attend staff meetings and training sessions

Minimum Requirements



Passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to the mission and cause of the Jackson Area YMCA

This position requires an individual with an interest in working with children in a camp setting and the desire to be a positive influence on children. S/he must have the ability to work outdoors for up to nine hours per day and be able to move freely and quickly through the building and outdoor site. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community

  • Must present a professional image and possess conflict resolution skills, and demonstrate sound judgment and initiative

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends

  • Minimum 16 years of age

  • Previous experience or coursework in working with children and/or recreation preferred

Certifications Required:

  • Before start of 1st shift: New Hire Orientation training

  • Within 30 days of hire: Basic Life Support