Location and Job Title:
Arthur M. Glick JCC of Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46260
If you can distinguish poison ivy from harmless underbrush, win staring contests with large spiders, or if the idea of singing "Cotton-eyed Joe" or saying "Shabbat Shalom" every Friday with hundreds of children makes you grin instead of grimace, you're well on your way to being an awesome Camp Counselor at the JCC! Love to lead activities in which everyone has fun and everyone wins? Love to watch children develop new friendships, learn new skills, or gain some confidence? The JCC Summer Camp is the place for you!
The JCC is seeking energetic, responsible Camp Counselors to provide a safe and memorable experience for our campers and their families. The most successful candidates have never-ending patience, a genuine desire to work with children and a passion for summer camp. We encourage teachers, graduate and undergraduate students and 11th/12th grade high school students who have a desire for 'endless summer' fun to apply!
Note that this position requires a commitment for the entire camp season of June 1 - July 24 (plus orientation May 17, 22 & 31).
- Develop and implement a weekly schedule for your camp group;
- Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each day; activities may include crafts, nature, songs, games, swimming, sporting events, etc.
- Staff camper late night/overnight events and travel weeks;
- Staff before and aftercare shifts throughout the summer;
- Proactively identify and respond to camper behavior issues;
- Ensure that the area is kept clean, organized, and free of litter;
- Proactively communicate with parents about participant's experiences and report concerns to Camp Leadership;
- Immediately alert Unit Head (and/or another member of leadership team if Unit Head not available) when camper behavioral issues escalate;
- Participate in staff meetings as required;
- Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports, logbook documentation, and daily attendance;
- Know, understand and be able to implement ALL emergency procedures associated with the camp program;
- Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines associated with the camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited to being responsible for your campers' safety, health & well bring, and their whereabouts at all times;
- Use sound judgement in all situations;
- Model the behavior you expect of campers;
- Exemplify JCC Internal Service standards of respect, gratitude, communication, the golden rule, and ownership/accountability.
Position Competencies for Success
- The ability to work effectively with others in all levels of the organization in a professional manner;
- Positive attitude & reliable attendance;
- Commitment to the growth and development of youth;
- Commitment to being fully engaged and present when working with campers;
- Excellent judgment, ability to identify problems and works quickly to find solutions;
- Patient, caring and creative;
- Flexible, adaptive and a team player;
- Excellent Interpersonal skills;
- Desire to make a difference in the life of a child.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
- Must haves: excellent interpersonal skills, resiliency, and a can-do attitude;
- At least 1-2 years of experience with childcare, teaching or camp counseling required;
- Strong organizational and time management skills;
- Demonstrated skills in conflict mediation;
- Upon hire, completion of First Aid and CPR certification;
- Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities;
- Ability to work as a member of a team and the ability to accomplish tasks without constant supervision;
- Strong communication skills with the ability to interact with diverse groups of campers, parents and staff;
- Prior experience in a leadership position working with children.
Physical Demands & Working Environment
- Tasks involve the ability to exert moderate physical effort which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (up to 75 lbs), bending stooping, stretching, squatting and sitting;
- Must possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers;
- Must have visual and auditory ability to keep track of multiple campers and to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camp activities;
- Effective and clear communication is essential between campers and staff;
- Noise level can be moderate to loud;
- Frequent exposure to outside elements, such as sun exposure, heat, humidity and rain;
- Must be able to perform essential program support for camp activities which may include: standing for long periods of time; walking outdoors extended distances; traverse some uneven and/or hilly terrain; swim and/or be exposed to chlorinated water & sun screen.
- Must have the ability to physically manage and support children when necessary for safety during camp activities (children weighing 50 - 150 lbs.).
over 100 years, members of the Indianapolis community have enjoyed a diverse
range of services for all ages and interests at the JCC Indianapolis. With
recreational, educational and social programs and facilities that include a
fitness center, water park, therapy pool, early childhood education center, art
gallery, indoor tennis center, basketball courts and more, you can't help
but find something to love at the JCC Indianapolis. For more information,