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Summer Camp Counselor

South Boston YMCA, 650 Hamilton Blvd, South Boston, Virginia, United States of America Req #1286
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
The Y is a dynamic and diverse human service organization committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.




Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively influences the lives of children in your community. Working at the YMCA you’ll discover more than a job – you will have the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the community.



Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.  We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.



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


SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR: Plans and implements program activities that are culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and consistent with YMCA values. Adheres to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards.  Maintains positive relations with parents and other staff. Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions



High school graduate or equivalent; one year or more of college preferred

Previous experience working with children preferably in a day camp setting

Experience preferred in one or more of the following areas: outdoor living, archery, boating, camping, songs/music, skits, sports, aquatics, recreational games, etc.

At least 18 years of age (The age minimum may be higher depending on state law and YMCA policies)

Current CPR, First Aid, AED certifications, or obtain within 30 days of hire date

Previous experience with diverse populations preferred



Treats everyone with courtesy, respect and consideration; displays integrity; listens actively and genuinely; communicates in a clear and pleasant manner; embraces differences among people; demonstrates an active willingness to learn and grow; accepts constructive criticism; and works cooperatively as a team member

Has a proven ability and concern for youth, and a desire to positively influence their development

Attend trainings as required



Requires a person of maturity and good judgment, who can operate with a minimum of guidance from the Youth Director

Requires ability to exercise appropriate independent judgment, to assess facts and issues, and make non-routine decisions regarding day-to-day operational problems and issues

Requires effective team-building and team-leadership skills

Must maintain cooperative, functional relationships with senior leadership team, peers, and subordinates

Must maintain positive, energetic attitude toward YMCA work, goals, and values.

Performs the duties of direct reports as needed



May be required to walk, stand, run, kneel, climb and stoop.

Must be able to sit on the floor and get back up

Continuous operations requiring attention to detail and multi-tasking

Must be able to lift, pull and pull up to 50 pounds

Must be able to stand or sit for long periods of time

Must be physically able to successfully complete required certifications



An offer of employment is contingent upon receipt of satisfactory results to meet minimum requirements of the position.  They may include criminal background and reference checks, E-Verify, drug test, driver’s license record, and/or a Child Protective Services Check (CPS).  Additional driver’s license check, CPS, criminal background check, alcohol, and/or drug testing may be required to be processed in the future in order to meet and/or maintain the requirements of this position.


The YMCA of SouthHampton Roads is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at YSHR will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. YSHR does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or genetics.


Please Note: Requirements, skills, and abilities described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essentialfunctions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements be interpreted as all-inclusive.

Other details

  • Job Family Child and Family Services
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $8.75
  • Max Hiring Rate $9.00
  • South Boston YMCA, 650 Hamilton Blvd, South Boston, Virginia, United States of America