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Metro YMCA of the Oranges Junior Camp Counselor -Sports Galore/Creativity Camp in New Milford, New Jersey

Junior Camp Counselor -Sports Galore/Creativity Camp

Greater Bergen County YMCA, 1092 Carnation Drive, New Milford, New Jersey, United States of America

Req #1110

Saturday, March 18, 2023

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. Sign on bonus may apply


Provides direct supervision of a group of children in a seasonal day camp. Creates positive, nurturing relationships with children, while building cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers. Promotes and supports the potential of all youth in programs and facilitates peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall camp experience.


  • Keeps campers focused and engaged in camp activities.

  • Assist Specialist during activity periods.

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

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

  • Learn camper’s names. Respond to campers needs.

  • Assist Senior Counselor, Specialists, and all camp staff in carrying out themes, special events, trips, and all camp activities.

  • Encourage camper’s youth development progress.

  • Help group maintain camp cleanliness.

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

  • Perform the above responsibilities in an enthusiastic and committed manner. Do more than the minimum for campers. Treat them as special. Treat campers and fellow staff members with respect.

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

  • Teach and instill the Four Core Values of the YMCA in all camp activities: Caring, Respect, Honesty, & Responsibility.

  • Act as requested by the supervisor.


  • Must attend 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 lunch time activities.

  • Must follow all Association Aquatics Policy Guidelines. Take on designated assignments for aquatic activities. Help expedite arrival and departure from the pool (i.e. dressing rooms, etc.). 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 accident reports, special plans, schedule changes, and evaluations to Camp Director when appropriate.

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

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

  • Use two methods of discipline with campers to include: redirection to appropriate activities and using positive reinforcement to commend good choices.


  • Always maintain a professional demeanor, as you are a representative of the YMCA.

  • Wear Camp T-shirt daily.

  • Maintain positive attitude, responsibility and self-motivation. Be punctual and reliable.

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


    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.


  • High school student or equivalent.

  • Previous experience working with children preferably in a day camp setting, preferably as a CIT.

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

  • At least 16 years of age.

  • Previous experience with diverse populations preferred.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to plan, lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of outdoor/indoor settings.


    Current active employees of the METROPOLITAN YMCA OF THE ORANGES should apply via the Careers section of the Dayforce Employee Account.

    COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process

  • Personal protective equipment provided

  • Symptom screening and self-reporting

  • Preventative guidelines/workplace safety trainings (social distancing, frequent handwashing, etc.)

  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, participation in cleaning procedures

    *Please note that given the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA is and will continue to follow recommendations given by the CDC, local, state, and federal authorities.

    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.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly

  • Max Hiring Rate $13.25

  • Greater Bergen County YMCA, 1092 Carnation Drive, New Milford, New Jersey, United States of America