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Camp Name: Camp Manitou-Lin

Camp Location: Middleville, MI

Camp Description: Located on Barlow Lake, Camp Manitou-Lin offers kids a variety of experiences! To support the amenities listed, we have nine out buildings and 10 resident cabins that can house 220 people. Our riding center houses 50 horses year-round and we also have two archery ranges, a chapel, zip line, high ropes course, rock wall, along with three docks and a variety of boats

Sponsoring YMCA: Camping Services Branch YMCA

YMCA Location: Middleville, MI

Job Description and Required Certifications: The Horse Camp Counselor will identify and meet camper needs, carry out camp programs and fulfill staff administrative roles. The Horse Camp Counselor will also assist in teaching riding lessons, teaching barn lessons, giving pony rides, and leading trail rides, as well as help with all aspects of managing a 40 horse herd and maintain a safe horse program. This position runs from June-August, pay is $185/week and room and board is provided. KNOW HOW High School diploma of General Education Degree (GED); experience working with horses, experience working with children; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience required. Ability to interact with people of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and lifestyles. Experience working with special needs populations preferred. Desire and ability to work with children in a camp environment required. PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES Learn the likes/dislikes of each participant. Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving in the group. Develop opportunities for interaction between campers and staff. Provide opportunities for the group so that each individual experiences success during camp. Provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems or concerns. Help each participant meet the goals established by the camp for camper development. Guide cabin or trail groups and individual campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities. Carry out established roles for supervising camper health. Carry out established roles in enforcing camp safety regulations. Develop cabin or trail group activity plans with participants as appropriate. Supervise all assigned aspects of the campers' day, including morning reveille, cabin clean-up, meal times, rest hour, evening activities, getting ready for bed, and after-hours duty as assigned. Instruct campers in emergency procedures such as fire drills, evacuating the cabin, etc. Assist in teaching or leading activities, as assigned. Assist in maintenance and care of tack. Assist in getting horses ready in the morning and turning them out at night Assist in general care of horses including but not limited to watering, feeding, medicating, etc. Help maintain a safe riding program by monitoring trail rides, riding lessons and campers closely for dangerous situations. Responsibilities may be reassigned or new tasks assigned as the Equestrian Director sees appropriate. Performs any other functions deemed to be necessary for the smooth and efficient operation of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

Salary Information: 185/week

Room and Board Provided: Yes

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Contact: Jaime Picard

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