POSITION: Summer Camp Counselor
Under the direction of the Summer Camp Director, Assistant Director, Manager, and Coordinator the Camp Counselor will help implement the summer camp program through small group activities for children ages 4-12. Counselors will work with campers to create a positive, safe, productive, and memorable summer camp environment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Supervise participants from time of arrival on site until the end of each day program, unless otherwise indicated in writing by the child’s parent or guardian.
- Plans and implements activities in a manner which assures the health and safety of each child.
- Brings new, innovative ideas for activities and projects.
- Takes initiative in executing activities.
- Attends pre-session/training meetings prior to the start of each program season.
- The Camp Counselor must exhibit good problem solving ability and good judgment in keeping with the mission of the Blue Island Park District.
- Actively participates in activities with the kids,
- All counselors are required to participate in daily swimming activities (weather pending).
- Watches, monitors and communicates any special set-up, cleaning or maintenance needs to the Camp Administrators.
- Keeps the Camp’s Administrative team informed regarding problems or potential problems (i.e. disruptive behavior, parent issues, etc).
- Responsible for knowing and following the park rules, regulations and guidelines listed in the Summer Camp Counselor Manual (orientation and training scheduled prior to the start of camp).
- Arrives on time and assists with daily routine (set-up, supplies, meetings, etc.) and completes end of shift tasks (i.e., cleaning up, meetings, etc.).
- Other duties as assigned by the Camp’s Administrative Team.
Summer Camp meets Monday through Friday. Summer Camp hours are 9:00am-3:00pm. All Counselors are expected to be on site by 8:45am sharp (Unless otherwise directed). Counselors may leave no earlier than 3:15pm. (Unless prior arrangements are made with the Camp’s Administrative Team.
- Previous camp or childcare experience and knowledge of program planning and implementation is preferred.
- Comfortable swimming and monitoring campers in a pool for 2 hours a day.
- Enjoys working with children ages 4-12.
- CPR and First Aid certification (not required, but certification is a plus)
Frequent bending, standing, walking, sitting, lifting up to 50 pounds, and kneeling during the program . Moving and transporting of equipment as required for the day’s activities. Must be able to communicate effectively with participants, Park District staff, and the general public.
May be required to work during various weather conditions. When activities are held indoors, these conditions may include lighting and temperature. When activities are held outdoors, these conditions may include hot or cool temperatures or rain.