Overnight Camp Counselor

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids


The Camp Counselor provides direct supervision of a group of up to 10 children, grades K-8th, in a summer camp outdoor setting. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: direct supervision of campers in either the Day Camp or Overnight Camp setting and leading activities focusing on values and 21st century life skills each day. Must be at least 18 years of age. Overnight counselors are required to live on site. Day counselors, on site housing is optional.


Learn the likes/dislikes of each participant
Be a positive role model for all campers and fellow staff
Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during camp
Guide cabin or trail groups in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities
Supervise all assigned aspects of the campers’ day, including morning reveille, cabin clean-up, activities, meal times, rest hour, evening activities, getting ready for bed, and after-hours duties as assigned
Help campers plan their participation in unit-wide or camp-wide programs, special events, and activities
May be required to teach and lead activities based on certification or skill level in that area (lifeguarding, boating, adventure, skating)

Performs any other functions necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids


Overnight Camp counselors are required to live on site, housing is provided. Meals are provided Sunday – Friday. Staff are allowed to remain on site during the weekends throughout their seasonal employment if they choose. Scheduled time off will be granted each day.
$65.00 – $70.00 per day; Seasonal; Non-Exempt


Free YMCA Individual Membership
10% retirement contribution upon eligibility, learn more here.
403(b) retirement savings account
Ongoing training and development opportunities
Access to the Employee Assistance Program and resources for you and your family
Community Discounts, and more!


KNOW HOWAt least 18 years of age and a high school graduate or equivalent
Previous experiences in camp, youth programs, recreation, working with children, or in a related field
Organizational skills to plan, schedule, and facilitate programs
Ability to give supervision and guidance to staff
Ability to plan, lead and/or assist in teaching an activity
Ability to teach leadership skills
Ability to teach and role model the Core Values of the YMCA and use of 21st century life skills


Cardio Pulmonary Recitation (CPR) for rescue required
First Aid certification required
Blood borne pathogens training required upon hire
State of Michigan criminal background clearance (ICHAT)

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