Senior Counselor


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Camp Woodstock YMCA
42 Camp Road
Woodstock Valley
Summer Camp
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The Senior Counselor will be responsible for the daily operation of the specified program(s).

Greets everyone by using names whenever possible; extends thanks whenever appropriate; makes relationship building the number one priority at all times.  The position is responsible for ensuring that the mission, purpose, image and core values of the YMCA of Greater Hartford are conveyed.



  1. To be responsible for the supervision, programming and safety of campers assigned to their group.
  2. Create a climate in the group that will foster the goals and objectives of the YMCA
  3. Report immediately to supervisor any evidence of child abuse including physical, mental, emotional and/or neglect.
  4. Consistently provide friendly, courteous assistance, exceeding customers’ expectations every day, which includes building and maintaining healthy professional relationships with parents, children, and staff.
  5. Support and contribute to a safe, clean environment for staff and customers.
  6. Is familiar with and carries out emergency procedures, building rules and regulations.
  7. Arrive on time for scheduled shifts, wearing appropriate uniform and name tag, and prepared for all assignments.
  8. Keep accurate, detailed records of incident reports and other necessary documentation.
  9. Give assistance to the Unit Head with planning, development and implementation of quality camp and unit programming.
  10. Assist specialists in presenting their programming to each group, including Arts and
  11. Crafts, Outdoor Education and Canoe Director’s curriculum.
  12. Provide a safe environment and program for all participants.
  13. Assume responsibility for leadership and guidance to those campers in daily living skills, with special attention to:
  14. Personal hygiene, safety & manners
  15. Camper personal interactions with respect to others
  16. Camper participation in all camp activities
  17. Camper personal growth, self-confidence and independence
  18. Other duties as assigned.
  19. HAVE FUN!



  • Provides a quality experience for everyone, including but not limited to, members, participants, fellow staff members, vendors and others.
  • 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; works cooperatively as a team member.



The member relations aspect of this position requires that relationship building be the number one priority at all times, attending to the needs and requests of health seekers, members, and all people within the YMCA in a courteous and friendly manner.


Minimum Requirements

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Must have experience with camp and working with children.
  3. Person must possess values consistent with the mission of the YMCA.
  4. Current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer required
  5. Must meet all state licensing and accreditation requirements.
  6. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.



  • Ability to visibly observe children.
  • Ability to stand for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs and transport equipment from one location to another.
  • Ability to demonstrate and lead activities.
  • Ability to communicate with parents and children effectively.
  • Ability to hear distress signals even when distracted by noise and activity.
  • Ability to reason, solve problems and make sound decisions even when distracted by noise and activity.
  • Ability to work in a variety of environments, specifically those subject to extreme heat and humidity.
  • Observe and promote safety and security procedures.
  • Physically and mentally able to respond to emergencies and administer CPR and First Aid effectively.



  • To ensure that each camper the total camp experience.
  • The YMCA will be recognized by the community as providing excellent service to all who walk through our doors or contact us on the phone.
  • The YMCA will effectively connect and build relationships with its members and the community, resulting in increased member enrollment and retention.
  • Consistent, superior member service and satisfaction resulting in continued growth in membership, programs and special services.