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Junior Summer Camp Counselor

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, 1035 FAIRVIEW LAKE RD, NEWTON, New Jersey, United States of America Req #253
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
We are an all - inclusive organization joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. As a growing, mission focused, and future-oriented association of YMCAs, the Metro YMCA of the Oranges has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, mission-driven, candidate to join our team.

The Junior Camp Counselor is responsible assisting Counselors and Senior Counselors in the supervision, guidance and direction of the campers in small and large groups. The Junior Counselor helps children adjust to camp according to camp rules and safety precautions. The Junior Counselor is a source of friendship, guidance and positive redirection to the campers. He or she will support the efforts of the Camp Director, Specialist, Senior Counselors and Counselors in all aspects of camp.


  • At all times, maintain a professional demeanor, as a representative of the YMCA. Wear Camp T-shirt as required. Encourage through positivity.

  • Supervise campers in the dining hall.

  • Supervise campers in a cabin setting.

  • Assist Campers keeping them focused and engaged in camp activities. Respond to campers needs.

  • Assist all counselors during activity periods, keeping all campers engaged.

  • Learn Camper’s names.

  • Consistently greet campers with a smile and treat them with respect and with enthusiasm.

  • Develop positive relationships with families and learn why they come to our Y.

  • Be knowledgeable regarding the Annual Campaign and its purpose.

  • Assist in carrying out themes, special events, trips and all camp activities.

  • Encourage camper’s youth development progress.

  • Help group maintain camp and cabin cleanliness.

  • Work cooperatively with all camp staff while planning camp activities.

  • Perform the above responsibilities in an enthusiastic and committed manner. Do more than the minimum for campers. Treat each camper as if they are special.

  • Uphold, model, teach and put the four (4) core values of the YMCA into action in all camp activities everyday: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility

  • Create a positive and nurturing learning environment to instill and encourage youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

  • Follow all sign-in/sign-out policies and procedures. Ensure proper handling of attendance records.

Safety & Supervision:

  • Must attend regular staff meetings as scheduled and complete all required trainings.

  • At all times, uphold camp safety standards. Maintain constant face counts. Will understand and practice risk management and disaster policies and procedures.

  • Help maintain group control and facilitate lunchtime activities.

  • Must follow all Association Aquatics Policy Guidelines.

  • Take on designated assignments for aquatic activities. Help expedite arrival and departure from swimming and boating areas. Follow all YMCA, ACA and NJ Licensing standards and procedures to ensure the safest and best quality camp and to help maintain ACA accreditation.

  • Secure and submit all incident reports to Camp Director.

  • Report all immediate concerns to Camp Director or nearest supervisor.

  • Follow supervision of bus counselors and help ensure safety, expedient procedures and fun activities on the bus. Lead bus songs, stories and games.

  • Use redirection to appropriate activities and positive reinforcement to commend good choices when applicable.

  • Perform all other job-related duties as requested and necessary.


Mission Advancement: Accepts and demonstrates the Y’s values. Demonstrates a desire to serve others and fulfill community needs. Recruits volunteers and builds effective, supportive working relationships with them. Supports fund-raising.

Collaboration: Works effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions. Builds rapport and relates well to others. Seeks first to understand the other person’s point of view, and remains calm in challenging situations. Listens for understanding and meaning; speaks and writes effectively. Takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Operational Effectiveness: Makes sound judgments, and transfers learning from one situation to another. Embraces new approaches and discovers ideas to create a better member experience. Establishes goals, clarifies tasks, plans work and actively participates in meetings. Follows budgeting policies and procedures, and reports all financial irregularities immediately. Strives to meet or exceed goals and deliver a high-value experience for members.

Personal Growth: Pursues self-development that enhances job performance. Demonstrates an openness to change, and seeks opportunities in the change process. Accurately assesses personal feelings, strengths and limitations and how they impact relationships. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology.


  • Basic understanding of youth development principles.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communication with all levels including staff, parents and staff.

  • Knowledge and expertise in horse care and riding as applicable.

  • Knowledge of low and high ropes courses, teambuilding and climbing as applicable.

  • Knowledge of hiking, canoeing, biking or other high adventure activities as applicable.

  • Ability to be creative, innovative, flexible with high energy. Ability to problem solve and take initiative that adhere to the purpose, mission and goals of the YMCA.

  • Ability to relate to children and develop professional, positive relationships with youth.

  • 1-3 years’ experience leading and supervising group activities.

  • Ability to work as part of a team, as a role model and take initiative to identify potential risk factors and take measures to reduce them.

  • First Aid, CPR and AED certification may be required.


Must be capable of being on your feet for long periods and be able to actively supervise children in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments. Must be capable of bending, kneeling, squatting and lifting 30 pounds. Must be able to visually account for all children in the program, whether inside or outside. Must be able to hear whistle or alarms. Clear speaking voice is needed to command control of group.

INTERNAL CANDIDATES: Current active employees of the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges should apply via the Careers section of the Dayforce Employee Account.

Professional development opportunities and complimentary use of YMCA facilities.
We are proud to be an EEO/AA/employer M/F/D/V. Employment is subject to extensive background check.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, 1035 FAIRVIEW LAKE RD, NEWTON, New Jersey, United States of America