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Camp Name: YMCA Camp Collins

Camp Location: Portland, OR

Camp Description: Located in Gresham Oregon, Full Resident camp with group services, and day campers

Sponsoring YMCA: YMCA of Columbia-Willamette Association Services

YMCA Location: Portland, OR

Job Description and Required Certifications: The YMCA of Columbia-Willamette is a mission driven organization, which seeks individuals who are enthusiastic and passionate about our purpose and mission. We do this by putting the Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into practice. General Function: Work with the Teen Programs Director and Seasonal Teen Director to plan, organize and implement the Counselor in Training (CIT) Program and create a high-quality experience for every CIT. Ensure the safety, well-being and personal growth of campers. Be an active and supportive member of the Teen Staff and a positive member of the entire staff community. CIT Program Coordinators must demonstrate positive, professional role modeling at all times, acting in a manner that is consistent with the staff code of conduct and the philosophy, goals, and objectives of YMCA Camp Collins. Entry Requirements: • Minimum age 21. • 2 years of camping experience or combination of youth program and supervisory experience. • First Aid and CPR Certifications or ability to obtain prior to 1st day of employment. • Requires strong communication skills, positive attitude, initiative, flexibility, dependability, creativity and ability to work and problem solve as a team player. • Mental and physical ability to deal with high stress situations and work well under pressure. • Ability to perform multiple tasks concurrently. • Ability to support and connect with campers and staff. • Visual and auditory ability to respond to critical incidents and the physical abilities to act swiftly in an emergency situation. • Knowledge of/practical experience in: cabin leadership, camper psychology, peer leadership and supervision; staff management & motivation. • Ability and willingness to learn on the job in an environment that changes quickly. • Prefer valid driver’s license and clean driving record. Essential Functions: 1. Incorporate and Model our YMCA Christian principles of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service into your work. 2. Commit to establishing long-term relationships with staff, volunteers, campers and families. 3. Ensure the Physical and Emotional Safety of Every Camper a. Monitor each camper’s physical and emotional well-being. i. Check-in with them about their time at camp. ii. Ask what you can do to make it better. iii. Inform the Teen Directors if a camper is missing home, not enjoying their time at camp, unhappy, having difficulties following camp guidelines or if there are signs of abuse. b. Be aware of times or activities that may involve a high degree of emotional or social risk for campers and work to mitigate these risks. c. Help campers who need extra support. i. Look for campers who may be unhappy or unconnected. ii. Work with other staff to help the camper be successful. d. Use discipline in a constructive and positive manner that is consistent with the policies of YMCA Camp Collins. e. Handle all situations involving camper safety in a timely manner. f. Report any suspicions of child abuse immediately to the Teen Programs Director. i. With the Teen Programs Director’s assistance, call the Metro Tri County Hotline. ii. Document the situation and complete an incident report form. 4. Plan, Organize and Implement the CIT Program a. Revise the weekly schedule. i. Ask for help from the Teen Directors and other staff to lead workshops. b. Plan and teach high quality CIT workshops. c. Write and deliver thorough and thoughtful evaluations of each CIT. d. Make changes for the following CIT session. e. Write an end of the summer report, detailing the CIT program for the next CIT Program Coordinators. 5. Provide Responsible and Constructive Leadership for CITs a. Create an environment in which all campers are respectful of each other and the guidelines at camp. b. Connect with campers and develop individual relationships with all of them. c. Praise campers frequently with specific examples of their actions and words. d. Demonstrate positive role modeling at ALL times. e. Help campers replace undesired behavior with positive choices. i. Identify and point out incorrect choices in a timely manner. ii. Work with campers to make better choices in similar situations. f. Keep campers engaged and enthusiastic about activities. g. Work to improve your counseling skills by learning from your co-workers, asking questions and being open to suggestions. i. Complete a self-evaluation and participate in discussions with the Teen Directors about successes, areas of improvement and goals. 6. Be a Positive Member of the Staff Community a. Work to establish and maintain positive relationships with ALL staff throughout the summer. b. Communicate openly and honestly with ALL staff. c. Deal with problems or concerns in a timely and professional manner. d. Take responsibility for your actions and your words. e. Avoid gossip and do your part to eliminate

Salary Information: $195-$235 per week plus room and board

Room and Board Provided: Yes

How to Apply: Submit Resume and Employment application to Haelynne Barron at

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Apply By Phone: 503-663-5812

Contact: Heather L Jackson

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