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Inclusion & Camp Counselor
Valley of the Sun JCC
12701 N Scottsdale Rd
Ste 201
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Principal Responsibilities:

This is a dual position, when not assigned as an Inclusion Counselor he/she will function as a general Camp Counselor. The Inclusion/Camp Counselor will report to the Director of Camping Services and Behavior Specialist. The Inclusion Counselor is responsible for managing anywhere from one to four campers ages 5 thru 13 years, dependent on inclusion need week by week. The inclusion Counselor primary responsibilities include but are not limited to providing a caring, inclusive and safe camp experience with the ability to teach valuable social skills, maintain positive relationships and ensure their needs are met.


  • Assist children with special needs (developmental, social and physical) integrate into settings with other campers
  • Plan age and developmentally appropriate activities while encouraging being active and creating friendships
  • Positive and high energy, proactive, requiring little direction, takes initiative and responsibility
  • Be willing to dress up, be silly, sing a song and lose the game when needed
  • Serve as a role model by displaying exemplary behavior at all times
  • Possess integrity, high ethical standards and ability to maintain poise throughout times of high stress
  • Excellent communication and ability to collaborate effectively with others in a team setting
  • Ensure a safe and nurturing environment; attending to the needs of campers as the number one priority
  • Provide support to campers through guidance, encouragement, recognition and fun
  • Help cultivate friendships between campers and establish a sense of belonging and community
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changes and needs
  • Demonstrated reasoning skills and ability to make quick and sound judgment calls as well as the ability to resolve conflict with solution oriented approach
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanor during an emergency/high stress situations while making sounds judgment calls
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
  • Motivation to contribute positively to JCC Shemesh camp at-large community
  • Integrate Jewish values into daily activities to foster an environment of growth, respect, and caring


  • Attend multi-day summer camp training and in-service camp trainings and meetings
  • Help assigned inclusion camper(s) participate in camp activities such as games, crafts, songs, sports, skits, special events and other camp activities; engage in appropriate/meaningful social interactions
  • Adapt activities (when necessary) and work with specialists so that all children can be included
  • Share feedback, notes, etc. regarding inclusion campers progress daily/weekly with parents, Behavior Specialist and Camp Director
  • Participate enthusiastically in all camp activities
  • When assigned as general camp counselor supervise a camp group ranging from 18 to 24 children (dependent on group assigned; Kinder thru 8th grade)
  • Implement planned activities, written curriculum plans for all open group times throughout summer and assigned weekly schedule
  • Responsible for the safety and wellbeing of each child in the group at all times
  • Facilitate camp activities such as games, crafts, songs, sports, skits, special events and other camp activities.
  • Supervise children during swim activities; this includes swimming with them, keeping children safe and engaged in the swim/pool activities
  • Supervise children during field trips and adhered to the highest level of safety
  • Ensure camper participation in activities
  • Set up and clean up materials for camp activities
  • Maintain a physical environment (indoors and outdoors) which is safe, clean and organized
  • Know and develop a positive relationship with each camper
  • Review each camper's profile and plan for the camper accordingly
  • Ensure for the health, safety, and welfare of all campers in any area or programs at camp
  • Get to know all camp staff within the camp group and ensure their success through needed guidance, support and resources ensuring the staff members wellbeing
  • Maintain regular contact with campers' parent/guardians in person
  • Provide behavior management guidance and intervention for campers as necessary, document and communicate accordingly
  • Attend assigned overnight trips (Dependent on assigned unit: grades 3rd &4th Tucson overnighter June 18th thru 19th, all camper over nighter July 1st thru 2nd, grades 5th-8th July 9th thru 10th )
  • Create a culture of trust, respect and feedback within the assigned group
  • Adhere to all JCC, DHS and ACA compliance standards and best practices
  • Implement and collect weekly camper evaluations
  • Help facilitate daily snack
  • Help facilitate daily Shuk sales
  • Provide an atmosphere for developing good morale and well-being among all staff
  • Ensure that programs are aligned with the VOSJCC values and provides a culturally rich Jewish based camp experience while promoting a welcoming environment for all
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Minimum Qualifications:

    WORKING CONDITIONS / LOCATION: Exposed to outdoor weather, extreme heat and health club environment

    SCHEDULE: Non-Exempt Seasonal Part-Time

    COMPENSATION: Inclusion Counselor $13.50 & General Camp Counselor $12.00 per hour and .25 for every previous Shemesh Summer worked


  • Must be able to work in an outside environment, in excessive heat and walk, stand and sit for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must be able to have the capable of lifting 30 pounds and carry and move tables, chairs, and other program equipment.


  • At least 21 years of age
  • Commitment and ability to work full 10 weeks of camp (May 26-August 2) and training dates (May 17th-20th)
  • Minimum 3 year professional experience working with youth with various disabilities and grades K-8
  • Preferred areas of study; special education, psychology, education, child care, health science
  • Must have verbal, visual and auditory abilities to respond to critical incidents and the physical ability to act swiftly in an emergency
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification (employees responsibility to obtain)
  • Pass TB test (to be paid by JCC)
  • Pass fingerprint clearance (to be paid by JCC)

    SAFETY: Must practice and promote safety at all times

    Agency Information:


    Located on the 32-acre Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus in North Scottsdale, the aesthetics and architecture of the building are unparalleled. We strive to provide an exceptional member experience in a friendly, well-maintained, state-of-the art facility.

    Cardiovascular equipment, strength training machines, functional trainers and a complete free-weight area line the perimeter of our 50,000 square foot fitness facility. The center of our fitness facility contains a flexible, sport court/indoor gym, which is an ideal space for basketball, volleyball and indoor soccer. In addition, five different group fitness studios provide space for classes like dance/exercise, cycling, Pilates, TRX and functional fitness. The campus also has outdoor fields to accommodate softball, soccer, football and other outdoor recreational activities.

    One racquetball courts, well-appointed men?s and women?s locker rooms with Jacuzzi and steam room, a family changing room, and massage and spa rooms, complete the picture.

    The center's Olympic size pool is home to our youth swim team and offers up to eleven lanes for your daily lap routine. Individual and group swim lessons for all ages and water aerobic classes, as well as competitive swim skill-building instruction are the heart of the aquatics program. We also offer a gated-children's activity pool, splash pad and Sunday Funday poolside events, terrific for the whole family.

    The campus also features seven multi-use classrooms, a dedicated game room/teen lounge, arts and crafts room, teaching kitchen and state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center for infants through Pre-K, as well as an outdoor sports court/playground and amphitheater.

    As a kosher campus, the onsite Caf?; Milk and Honey serves a dairy and non-meat menu featuring American, Italian, Mexican and Israeli cusine and also offers kosher catering. The cafe and catering service are under the supervision of the Greater Phoenix Va'ad Hakashruth.

    Ample, well-lighted parking is provided with special senior citizen parking added to our designated handicapped parking spaces.

    The Campus offers multi-purpose social hall rental for private, community and Jewish religious events.


    The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center (VOSJCC) offers a wide range of educational, cultural, social, fitness and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

    The VOSJCC promotes active and healthy lifestyles by encouraging physical activity for all levels and age groups. We offer personal training, swimming programs and a multitude of group fitness classes for all ages as well as a wide variety of youth sports and adult leagues.

    Our Early Childhood Center provides a nurturing, play-based program with experienced, passionate teachers. Children learn about Jewish holidays, customs and values in a high-quality educational environment. Additionally, preschoolers have the advantage of participating in movement classes and swim lessons.

    The Center's Youth and Camping programs not only nurture your child's thirst for knowledge and adventure, but they also provide a fun and safe place to learn fundamental values that will serve them well throughout life.

    We engage the community through celebration, learning and shared experiences. Members have the opportunity to make the most of each day in a variety of ways; whether be by continuing their education, pursuing their fitness goals, taking a class, attending a lecture, or participating in a hobby. Our staff takes pride in creating innovative programs that enable all segments of the community to participate.

    The arts are an integral and enriching part of life at the VOSJCC and provide a memorable venue for communal events and celebrations. Music, dance, theater, lectures and art classes are just some of the featured programs. Personal creative expression is encouraged through an array of cultural classes and programs throughout the year.