Our Outdoor Education seasons run from early April until the end of May and late August until the end of October. Outdoor Educators work with students of all ages, families, and adult groups providing a variety of outdoor experiences including canoeing, team building, rock climbing, lake study, survival, archery, and evening programs including group games, camp fires, and night awareness. Educators receive a daily wage, onsite housing, and meals. Must have experience in education, science, or recreation. Certifications in First Aid, CPR, and lifeguarding is a plus.
This is 7 month position runs early April through late October and works with our Outdoor Education Program and Summer Camp Program. During the spring and fall months the Program Coordinator (PC) will work with the Program Directors to assist with staff training, working with schools to plan their visit, create staff schedules, evaluate staff and serve as an instructor. During the summer the PC will oversee the skill classes which will includes curriculum development, record keeping and supervising and evaluating staff leading skills classes. The PC will also plan all camp activities and events. Must be organized, detail-oriented, flexible, comfortable speaking with parents and able to work as part of a team. Must be at least 21 years old. Salary $325 per week and includes room and board.
This is a 7 month position that runs early April through late October and works with our Outdoor Education Program and Summer Camp Program. The Adventure Supervisor is responsible for the setup, operations, and take-down of our 50 feet climbing tower, high ropes course and low ropes elements along with leading the climbing tower with school groups, retreat groups and summer campers. The curriculum revolves around leadership development and teambuilding and he/she will be responsible for facilitation of the high and low ropes course as well as the climbing tower, giant swing, and zipline. Additionally, the Adventure Supervisor will be trained in monthly course inspection procedures and will work with the Program Director to train all future course staff in proper operations. Must be at least 21 years old and have experience with climbing and ropes courses. Must be organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and comfortable speaking with parents. Salary $325 per week and includes room and board.
The Media Specialist is responsible for capturing the magic of summer in still photos and videos. They will visit all of the camp areas several times per day to capture images and short videos. Daily uploads to private Smug Mug pages for parents viewing. Catalogs all media for current and future marketing use and assist with all social media. This person may also be asked to help in other areas of camp. Must be at least 19 years old and have demonstrated digital media knowledge and application. Resident camp experience is a plus.
Supervise all waterfront operations including swimming, canoeing, aqua jump, pontoon boat and special programs. Provide leadership and supervision to a team of lifeguards and general camp staff. Maintain high level of safety. Adhere to DOH and ACA guidelines and proactively manage all risk at the waterfront. Must have at least one season's experience working on a waterfront. Must be at least 21 years old and certified in lifeguarding.
Ranch Supervisor will work with the Ranch Camp Cabin Counselors to manage the 12 horses, teach horse lessons, run the Ranch Camp, and lead various camp activities. The Ranch Director is expected to assist with general camp programming when not busy at the ranch and is a member of the summer support team. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, have or be able to get CHA certification (Camp will provide) prior to summer, and have a solid knowledge of how to work with horses and children.
Counselors live with a fellow staff member and 10-12 campers of similar age. Counselors act as role models, teachers, best friends, parents, nature guides, entertainers, and inspirations to their campers. The position requires maturity, creativity, and a strong commitment to the YMCA mission. Counselors lead skill classes in the morning and cabin activities in the afternoon. Candidates must be at least 19 years of age. At least one year of college is strongly preferred. Salary $260 plus room and board.
Ranch Camp Counselors are responsible for 10-12 campers in their cabin. The staff's most essential responsibilities include maintaining the physical and emotional safety of campers, developing positive lasting relationships with youth, and providing quality safe educational opportunities for kids to bond and relate with their animals. Ranch Counselors teach and/or assist group lessons on a daily basis with 8-10 riders of like ability. The Ranch Staff's responsibilities include non-horse related activities as well. Waterfront, high ropes, sports, campfires, and arts and crafts are just some examples of the activities staff facilitate for campers. When Ranch Camp is not being offered this person will serve as a camp counselor and assist with riding lessons.
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