YMCA Camp Wakonda

Seasonal Assistant Camp Director

Reports to: Executive Director - Camp Wakonda

Location: YMCA Camp Wakonda (22237 Lawrence 2080, Ash Grove, Mo)

Wage Range: $450 - $550 per week with room and board

General Functions:

The Seasonal Assistant Camp Director works directly with the Camp Executive to deliver and ensure
program satisfaction at Camp Wakonda through the direct supervision of the Seasonal Village Directors,
as well as assisting in the oversight of program staff including counselors, program specialists and
village directors. This person will also fill in as Camp Director in the event of the Executive Director’s absence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • ​Provide premier service to all children and families involved in programs and meet children’s

     needs through stimulated learning in all developmental areas.

  •  Responsible for planning, leading, and implementing all-camp special events as well as assisting

     the village director’s implementation of other activities to meet intended camp outcomes.

  • Apply basic youth development principles in working with staff through communication,

    relationship development, and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.

  • Taking both the Executive Director’s and staff’s input to develop and implement program

     activities for campers within the mission and outcomes of Camp Wakonda.

  • Responsible for scheduling and supporting progressive daily skill clinics.

  • Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.

  • Schedule staff in program areas, cabin activities and evening programs.

     Assure campers are properly supervised at all times and maintain responsibility for all aspects of safety and risk       reduction in all programs and ensure children’s health and safety. 

  • Support all staff to maintain personal health and job performance. Discuss with camp

           health nurse and/or camp director when appropriate.

  • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is

           adhered to; report repairs needed to camp director and maintenance director using proper procedures.

  • Is the first point of contact for staff to voice questions or concerns to and ensuring each

     participant’s safety and enjoyment are attained in child development by promoting and role
     modeling a healthy and safe environment

  • Display role model level of integrity to staff and campers in their attitude and behavior.

    • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.

    • Provide the example to staff, campers and others in regard to general camp procedures

          and practices.

  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.

  • Participate as a member of the camp leadership team to deliver and supervise evening

     programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.

  • Act as the Camp Director on Duty in the absence of the Camp Executive Director.

  • Assist in the scheduling and delivery of camps two-week staff training.

  • Assist with check-in and check-out including staff meeting and clean up.

  • Assist with weekly camper clinic scheduling.

  • Organize, lead and participate in opening and closing campfires.


Education and/or Experience​:

  • Camp or Day Camp Counselling experience

  • Requires successful participation in planning & completion of staff trainings prior to beginning camp

  • At least 21 years of age with two years of college preferred

  • Certifications required within 30 days of hire: American Red Cross CPR and First Aid

Skills and Abilites:

  • Proven ability to deal effectively with people at all levels of responsibility and strong

     interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to take initiative, be flexible, use sound judgment, and work harmoniously with others.

  • Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities.

  • Good skills in communication, organization, and human relations.

  • Willingness to work with diverse populations

  • Lead and participate in recreational activities which may include running, throwing, and kicking.

Physical Aspects of the Job:

  • Safety-sensitive position: Apply appropriate safety and emergency procedures.

  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to

     weather and program activities.

  • Physical ability to respond to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an

     emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to
     maintain constant supervision of staff.

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

  • Endurance including: prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching: requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, insect and animals.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Direct supervision of Seasonal Village Directors, and oversight of all camp program staff including but not limited to cabin counselors, program specialists, interns.

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