Job Descriptions

Junior Counselor

Responsible for assisting the counseling staff in any way needed. They are there for support and to offer new ideas and insight into programming and daily activities…

Responsible to: Counselor

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of 16 years of age at start of contract.
  2. Completion of Counselor in Training Program or equivalent camp experience.
  3. Emotional maturity.
  4. Love for children and the outdoors.
  5. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and objectives of the YMCA in general and of YMCA Camp Mohawk.
  6. Able to walk one mile over rough terrain in under 14 minutes without any assistance.
  7. Able to lift a 14″ X 18″ X 36″ trunk weighing 40 pounds to a height of 48″.

General Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Counselor in the leadership and guidance of a cabin of up to 10 campers in the program established by the camp and the Unit Leader.
  2. Help with the planning and implementation of daily activity areas in areas assigned by the Program Director.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Counselor in supervision of campers in cabin, primarily health and safety.
  2. Assist with daily cabin activities, rest period, meals, planned events, etc.
  3. Supervise cabin group as assigned in the absence of cabin counselor.
  4. Assist in planning and holding cabin discussions each evening.
  5. Prepare reports and lesson plans as necessary.
  6. Attend and participate in all unit and camp staff meetings.
  7. Complete daily health form and daily fun factors when counselor is off duty.
  8. Instruct/Assist in one or more of the activity areas as arranged by the Program Director.
  9. Complete OD duties as scheduled.

Junior Counselors are responsible for assisting the counseling staff in any way needed. They are there for support and to offer new ideas and insight into programming and daily activities.

She is an important part of the unit team and should feel free to express ideas with counselors and Unit Leader.

A Junior Counselor is a role model to the campers and is expected to act in a manner that is mature, shows good morals, caring, pleasant, and helpful at all times.

Cabin/Activity Counselor

The most important aspect of a good camp program. Responsible for developing a safe, enthusiastic, spirit-filled camp…

Responsible to: Unit Leader

Qualifications:

  1. At least 18 years of age at the opening of the camping season.
  2. One year of college education or the equivalent in experience significant for camping.
  3. Emotional maturity, good moral character, and integrity.
  4. Enjoyment of outdoor living.
  5. An understanding and liking of children.
  6. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and objectives of the YMCA in general and of YMCA Camp Mohawk.
  7. Able to walk one mile over rough terrain in under 14 minutes without any assistance.
  8. Able to lift a 14″ X 18″ X 36″ trunk weighing 40 pounds to a height of 48″.

General Responsibilities:

  1. Leadership and guidance of a cabin of up to 10 campers in the program established by the camp and the Unit Leader.
  2. Participation in planning, organizing, executing, and evaluating camp programs.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Primary responsibility for the health and safety of each member of the cabin group.
  2. Supervise the health and safety regulations for members of the cabin group.
  3. Supervise and/or assist daily cabin activities, rest period, meals, capers, etc.
  4. Guide the group in participation in group, unit, and camp-wide activities.
  5. Work closely with the Unit Leader in coordinating activities.
  6. Hold cabin discussions each evening.
  7. Prepare reports as necessary.
  8. Complete daily health form for review by camp nurse.
  9. Complete Fun Factor forms daily.
  10. Attend and participate in all unit and all camp staff meetings.
  11. Supervise Junior Counselor or CIT, if applicable.
  12. Instruct in one or more of the activity areas as arranged by the Program Director.

A counselor is responsible for developing a cohesive cabin group and for the health and welfare of all campers in that group. Special cabin activities, scheduling, and camper counseling are all part of the Counselor’s responsibilities. The counselor works closely with her Co-Counselor to develop a “team” approach to cabin leadership. Where appropriate, counselors provide guidance and training for Junior Counselors. She also works with the Unit Leader to create a strong and enthusiastic unit program.

The counselor position is the most important aspect of a good camp program. Yours is the primary position in developing a safe, enthusiastic, spirit-filled camp. Your first concerns must be for the campers, as their needs dictate your actions. Special attention must be given to new campers so they will feel at home quickly, while old campers need that extra spark to keep camp new and exciting. Listen to your campers as you work together to select classes, activities, and special programs.

Unit Leader

Responsible for the coordination of unit programs including special evening programs and overnights. In addition, the UL will work with the Unit staff to help create a cohesive staff-camper group…

Responsible to: Camp Director

Qualifications:

  1. At least 21 years of age at the opening of the camp season.
  2. Experience as a camp counselor.
  3. Ability to supervise peers.
  4. Maturity, good moral character, and integrity.
  5. An understanding of and liking of children.
  6. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and objectives of the YMCA in general and of YMCA Camp Mohawk.
  7. Able to walk one mile over rough terrain in under 14 minutes without any assistance.
  8. Able to lift a 14″ X 18″ X 36″ trunk weighing 40 pounds to a height of 48″.

General Responsibilities

  1. Assist with the leadership of Staff Training.
  2. Supervise and support unit staff, including preparation of evaluations.
  3. Plan and carry out unit programs.
  4. Teach in assigned activity area.
  5. Help to maintain camp spirit.
  6. Cover cabins on Counselors’ days off.

Specific Responsibilities:

Within the limits of approved policies, programs, budgets, and procedures, the Unit Head is responsible for and has the authority to fulfill the duties listed below. The Unit Leader may delegate portions of this responsibility, together with necessary authority for their fulfillment, but may not delegate or relinquish overall accountability for results.

  1. Know each camper as an individual.
  2. Create a meaningful experience for Unit campers and staff.
  3. Acknowledge accomplishment on the part of campers and staff.
  4. Keep staff members informed of progress and results of assigned work, unit programs, and all camp activities.
  5. Discuss each counselor’s cabin activity plans daily: be sure planned activities provide variety, safety, and fun, and are suitable for the age group. Attend cabin activities daily to be aware of what transpires. Handle cabin devotions in a like manner.
  6. Insist that reports and lesson plans from counselors are accurately completed and on time. See that your own paperwork is handled in a like manner.
  7. Avoid dictatorial methods, but be firm if necessary in your relationship with counselors and campers. Give guidance to counselors and give suggestions when needed. Avoid negative criticism whenever possible.
  8. Develop and implement programs and plans for Unit Activities.
  9. On opening and closing days of each session, welcome campers and meet as many parents as possible.
  10. Provide ample opportunity for each counselor to develop her leadership potential and initiative. Discuss with them their program suggestions and incorporate their helpful ideas into the program.
  11. Provide sufficient leadership by establishing flexible schedules for on duty in unit.
  12. Schedule Unit ODs for each day and sees to it that the OD knows her responsibility.
  13. Inspect each cabin and unit areas daily. ULs are responsible for the cleanliness of their cabins and unit.
  14. Be alert for faulty equipment within the unit and eliminate hazards that might cause accidents, see that fire extinguishers are full at all times, and report all maintenance needs to the camp office in writing.
  15. Attend daily Administrative Staff Team meetings.
  16. Communicate with the Program Director any concerns regarding program, staff, or campers.
  17. Review Fun Factors as necessary (at least every three days).
  18. Hold regular staff meetings.

The Unit Leader is responsible for the coordination of unit programs, including special evening programs and overnights. In addition, the UL will work with the Unit staff to help create a cohesive staff-camper group. She will help handle unit problems in the appropriate manner. The Unit Head will inform the Associate Director of any problems or concerns with the unit or request assistance if necessary. Planning here often is on a short notice basis due to weather changes and camper interest. Therefore, flexibility is important. The UL should work with the campers and staff to plan unit activities.

Office Assistant

Responsible individual who has a knowledge of database and word processing as well as general office duties and responsibilities…

Responsible to: Associate Director

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum age of 20.
  2. Familiarity with general office functions.
  3. Emotional maturity, good moral character, and integrity.
  4. Knowledge of database and word processing.
  5. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and objectives of the YMCA in general and of YMCA CampMohawk.
  6. Able to walk one mile in 15 minutes without assistance.
  7. Able to lift large box weighing 40 pounds to a height of 48″.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. General Office Duties:
    a. Database entry
    b. Filing
    c. Receiving phone calls and maintaining log of incoming calls
    d. Incoming and outgoing mail
    e. Assisting with Check-In and Check-Out days
    f. Assisting with bunkmate scheduling
    g. Maintaining inventory of office supplies
    h. Maintaining store cards including sales, laundry, mass fees, change over, etc.
    i. Assisting with store inventory
    j. Assisting with 1st and 2nd week activity sign-ups
    k. Making copies
  2. Weekend coverage as scheduled by office manager.
  3. All bugle responsibilities including Reveille and Taps.
  4. Any other duties as assigned by the Director, Assistant Director, or Office Manager.

Support Staff

Responsible for all daily cleaning of facilities, Lighthouse, help in kitchen, maintenance…

Responsible to: Chef Manager/Maintenance Director

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum age of 18 years old/
  2. Able to walk one mile in under 14 minutes without assistance.
  3. Able to lift a case of 6 full #10 cans in a cardboard case to a height of 48″.

Responsibilities:

  1. Set up and operate dishwashing machine, wash all dishes, cups, glasses, pitchers, serving pieces, etc.
  2. Set up silverware container with water on table in the dining room.
  3. Put out buckets of bleach water for the washing of the tables. After meals, empty buckets and soak cleaning cloths in bleach water.
  4. Assist counter person to fill water and juice pitchers.
  5. Take out trash bins after each meal.
  6. Responsible for cleaning inside of dishwashing machine after each meal.
  7. Clean counter after each meal.
  8. Assist with the serving of food.
  9. Put away clean dishes, silverware, etc. in proper places.
  10. Cover dish cart after each meal. Put silverware in proper containers.
  11. Assist with keeping the kitchen neat and clean.
  12. Additional duties as directed by Chef Manager.
  13. Clean “Lighthouse” (toilet/shower facility) as assigned (several times daily):
    1. Scrub toilets: seats and bowls.
    2. Fill Toilets paper dispensers.
    3. Sweep floor, wash as necessary.
    4. Clean sinks and window sills.
    5. Clear out drains daily.
    6. Wash shower stalls every other day.
    7. Empty trash and sanitary napkin waste.
  14. Daily cleaning of bathrooms in Ceramics Building.
  15. Daily cleaning, including wet mopping of the Recreation Hall floor.
  16. Daily cleaning of bathroom in the alleyway behind Dining Hall.
  17. Regular washing of Dining Hall floor as directed by Chef Manager.
  18. Assist with the washing of kitchen floor as directed by Chef Manager.
  19. Daily cleaning of the West Shower/Toilet building if in use.
  20. Other duties as directed by Chef Manager or Camp Director.

Hat or hairnet must be worn at all times while on duty. Apron must be worn at all times while working in the kitchen. Proper footwear must be worn at all times. Other duties may be assigned as necessary to provide adequate food services.  This position has one day off per week. Average work day is ten hours, but hours are not consecutive. Check-In work days are longer. Note: One of the daily Lighthouse cleanings occurs after all campers and staff are in bed – after 11:45pm. Staff working this shift do not work the breakfast shift.

Media Director

Responsible for Daily Updates, information technology, database management. Must have knowledge of digital cameras, creative writing skills, and basic database management skills..

Responsible to: Associate Director

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum age of 21.
  2. Familiarity with computers and photo software.
  3. Knowledgeable in journalism and creative writing skills.
  4. Emotional maturity, good moral character, and integrity.
  5. Knowledge in use of digital cameras including a Nikon DSLR.
  6. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and objectives of the YMCA in general and of YMCA Camp Mohawk.
  7. Basic knowledge of database management and a high level of competence in word processing.
  8. Able to walk one mile, including over obstacles up to twelve inches high, in 15 minutes without assistance.
  9. US Driver’s License with clean driving record.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Daily Update:
    1. Responsible for taking an adequate number of high quality photos to allow for the posting of a minimum of 36 photos daily.
    2. Responsible for writing the daily update.
    3. Responsible for posting the daily update, including photos, each day by 9:30pm.
  2. Driver:
    1. Drive 12-passenger van with campers and staff when needed.
    2. Responsible for transporting campers to local health care facilities on short notice.
  3. Store database management :
    1. Responsible for entering deposits on Check-In days.
    2. Daily Store Card entries.
    3. Management of Store usage, alerts to Quarter Master about overcharges, and management of staff charges and payments.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  1. Special Event promotions, announcements, posters.
  2. Weekend and daily coverage of office as scheduled by Office Manager.
  3. Assist with other duties as assigned by Office Manager or Assistant Director.

Quarter Master

Responsible for management of all consumables, management of camp store and personnel, all driving responsibilities and vehicle maintenance…

Responsible to: Camp Director

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum age of 21.
  2. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and purposes of the YMCA in general and of YMCA Camp Mohawk.
  3. Genuine concern for the positive development of children.
  4. Clean driving record. Must be able to drive manual shift transmission and demonstrate competence in operating an 12-passenger van safely.
  5. American Red Cross First Aid and CPR for Professional Rescuer.
  6. High level of personal organizational skills.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work individually or with a team.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Initiate a system for the management of all consumable program, store, and maintenance inventories. Implement such system to the end result of all program, store and maintenance personnel having supplies adequate for the delivery of their program and/or service.
  2. Manage the camp store including personnel training and supervision, record keeping, facility maintenance and inventory.
  3. Responsible for driving staff and campers as needed. Responsible for daily inspection of vehicle and appropriate maintenance.
  4. Responsible for senior trip requirements, including sign-out sheets, directions, cash distribution, lunch arrangements, and ticket purchases.
  5. Responsible for soda machine stocking and maintenance.
  6. Act as liaison between cabin staff and kitchen staff for all food requests.
  7. Responsible for management of recyclables and trips to recycling center.
  8. Supervise banquet set-up in the dining hall, rec hall set-up for opening and closing days.
  9. Responsible for camper cabin assignments.
  10. Participate as a member of the Mohawk staff team in camp programs and other assigned responsibilities including Officer of the Day, Unit Coverage, Special Events, Native American Ceremony, dance chaperone and Talent Show.
  11. Coordinate all transportation requirements. Establish and maintain relationship with bus company. Confirm schedules. Communicate schedules to appropriate staff. Conduct bus monitor training for appropriate staff. Maintain records for billing purposes. Ensure that directions to all destinations are present, prior to trips.
  12. Assist with Office coverage as necessary.
  13. Responsible for laundering (as necessary) bedding from cases of enuresis.
  14. Other duties as assigned by the Director, Associate Director, or Office Manager.

Stable Manager

To support Riding Staff in delivery of quality riding instruction to campers.

Responsible to: Riding Director

Qualifications:

  1. Intermediate level rider.
  2. Ability to lift 80 lb. feed bag to 48″ height.
  3. Experience in stable management.
  4. Experience in horse care and grooming.
  5. Sound communication skills.
  6. Ability to work as a member of staff.
  7. Able to walk one mile over rough terrain in under 13 minutes without any assistance.
  8. Ability to repeatedly project voice commands to be comprehensible at a distance of 200′.

Desirable Qualifications:

Leadership experience with children.

Position purpose:

To support Riding Staff in delivery of quality riding instruction to campers.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Care, grooming, and feeding of camp horses.
  2. Mucking and maintenance of stable area.
  3. Maintenance of riding tack and tools.
  4. Maintenance of feed and supply inventories.
  5. Tacking and un-tacking horses.
  6. Exercising horses as assigned by Riding Director.
  7. Maintenance of appropriate records.
  8. Meet daily with Riding Director.
  9. Care and feeding of farm animals.
  10. Maintenance and cleaning of barn area.
  11. Cabin coverage for two nights during session.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  1. Participate as a full member of the Mohawk staff team in Special Events, evening programs, and Unit Programs.
  2. Assist with Check-In and Check-Out as assigned.
  3. Officer of the Day as assigned.
  4. Assist as necessary as escort for unscheduled trips to town.

Riding Director

Responsible for all phases of the riding program, all management of the riding staff, and serves as a member of the senior staff team…

Responsible to: Camp Director

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum age 21
  2. Genuine concern for the positive development of children.
  3. “A” or “B” US Pony Club rank, CHA Intermediate rating or completion of State of CT Department of Health approved course qualifying one to hold the position of camp riding program director.
  4. Experience teaching beginner and intermediate skills.
  5. American Red Cross First Aid and CPR.
  6. Supervisory Experience.
  7. Able to walk one mile over rough terrain in under 13 minutes without any assistance.
  8. Able to life a 50 pound feed bag to a height of 48”.
  9. Able to repeatedly project voice commands such as to be comprehensible at a distance of 200’.
  10. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and objectives of the YMCA in general and of YMCA Camp Mohawk.

Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for all phases of the riding program including but not limited to:
  2. Selection of horses prior to the camp season.
  3. Pre-season riding and training of the horses.
  4. Preparation of stable, pasture and rings before horses arrive and management and maintenance throughout the season.
  5. Feed management including inventory control and ordering.
  6. Veterinary needs and health of the horses.
  7. Training the “Counselor in Training” girls assigned to riding.
  8. Class scheduling and assignment of instructors.
  9. All safety aspects of the program.
  10. Equipment maintenance and repair.
  11. Completion of reports, evaluations and recommendations as necessary.

Responsible for management of all staff assigned to riding including but not limited to:

  1. Training in instructional techniques and Mohawk protocols and practices.
  2. Training relative to risk management protocols and practices.
  3. Creation of a riding staff team atmosphere and development of pride in being on this team.
  4. Scheduling of classes as well as coordinating day off scheduling with appropriate director.
  5. Supervision and evaluation of all riding staff.

Serve as a member of the senior staff team:

  1. Participate in planning and implementation of general camp program as requested, i.e. help plan special events, Talent Show judge, participate in Theme Day events.
  2. Assist with Officer of the Day responsibilities as assigned.
  3. Supervise cabins when necessary.
  4. Participate in senior staff team meetings.

Additional Responsibilities

Any staff who is 21 years or older may be asked to drive when the need arises and there is no other suitable alternative.

Waterfront Director

Provide leadership to Mohawk Aquatic programs, including daily instructional programs, recreational swim management, on site staff training, small craft instructional programs, and site management…

Responsible to: Camp Director

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum age 21 by June 1st.
  2. An understanding and acceptance of the fundamental aims and purposes of YMCA Camp Mohawk.
  3. Genuine concern for the positive development of children.
  4. ARC Lifeguard Certification with Waterfront Module.
  5. ARC Lifeguard Instructor Certification.
  6. Swim instructor certification.
  7. American Red Cross First Aid and CPR for Professional Rescuer.
  8. High level of personal organization skills.
  9. At least one year experience in organized camping and experience in a supervisory position related to aquatics.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Provide leadership to Mohawk Aquatic programs including daily instructional programs, content, camper development, instruction, recreational swim management, on site staff training, small craft instructional programs and site management.
  2. Participate as a member of the Mohawk staff team in camp programs and other assigned responsibilities, including Officer of the Day, Unit Coverage, Special Events, and Ceremonies.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Work with Waterfront Staff pre-season to:
    a. Set up dock system.
    b. Prepare beach, flags and buddy boards.
    c. Maintain fences.
    d. Review lesson plans.
    e. Review Risk Management plans.
    f. Conduct lifeguard course with waterfront module
    g. Conduct CPR classes for Mohawk staff as necessary.
  2. Primary responsibility for the health and safety of participants and staff while engaged in Waterfront activities.
  3. Conduct initial Sunday afternoon “swim test” screening of all campers, assign buddy numbers, and place campers in appropriate skill level swim classes.
  4. Assign staff as appropriate to instructional roles in swim lessons, synchronized swim classes, and small craft classes.
  5. Responsible for “hands-on” supervision of all after-hours utilization of the waterfront by cabin staff, including evening sand castle building contests, cabin outing in row boats and others.
  6. Train, supervise, and evaluate all staff assigned to the Waterfront. Conduct weekly rescue drills as a part of on-going training.
  7. Maintain the Mohawk Waterfront according to applicable American Camping Association standards and State of Connecticut Youth Camp Licensing requirements.
  8. Involvement with Unit and all-camp evening programs as assigned.
  9. Involvement with all camp responsibilities which all staff share on a rotating basis: Officer of the Day assignment, dance chaperone, participation in ceremonies, and occasional cabin coverage.

This position will have primary responsibility for delivering a high quality, safe experience to aquatics participants and staff. The successful candidate will be expected to manage a diverse program of aquatic activities operating simultaneously through application of organized standards. For example, during Optional Recreation Period, the Waterfront Director will be responsible for assigning and positioning guards to the docks for Recreational Swim of sixty swimmers while several other staff are assigned to supervise, guard and assist campers enjoying rowing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking and fun-yaking. The individual in this position will be a full member of the Mohawk staff and involved in all camp activities.

Cindy Morse Leadership Development Director

Provide leadership assistance to the YMCA Camp Mohawk for Girls resident camp and supervise the CIT program…

Responsible to: Executive Director

Status: Exempt seasonal

General Functions:

Under the direction of the YMCA Camp Mohawk CEO, the Leadership Development Director is responsible for:

  • Providing leadership to the Mohawk Leadership Training Program and proving continuing education, training, and support to seasonal staff.
  • Providing support to campers in need or crisis.
  • Participation as a member of the Administrative team.
  • Assisting with management of all operations relating to YMCA Camp Mohawk including pre-camp tasks.

Essential Functions and Duties:
1. Provide support and guidance to staff.
a. Assist with leadership to Special Events, all-camp events, and ceremonies.
b. Communicate with parents as necessary.Relating to YMCA Camp Mohawk for Girls.

2.  Provide leadership assistance to the YMCA Camp Mohawk for Girls resident camp.
   a. Execute program with assistance of Associate Director and Program Director.
   b. Provide support to staff with children in need or exhibiting behavioral issues.

3.  Relating to leadership development:
a. Provide primary leadership to the Mohawk Leadership Development Program.
b. Assist with development and delivery of the pre-camp staff training agenda.
c. Provide ongoing training and support to camp staff throughout the season.

Job Qualifications:

  • The Leadership Development Director should have at a minimum, one season of administrative experience (Assistant Director, Program Director, etc.) with a substantial resident camp program or its equivalent. She should have a commitment to the YMCA’s mission and purpose and knowledge of how it is accomplished through programming.
  • She must have demonstrated personal leadership ability and skill in accomplishing program goals through the involvement of other people – both employees and volunteers.
  • The Leadership Development Director must have sound management skills related to: program development, communication, supervision of staff, public relations, problem solving, volunteer development, and leadership training.
  • This position requires competence in the use of word processing, Excel, and Power Point software.
  • This position requires an individual who can walk one mile in fifteen minutes including stepping over natural obstacles and can lift a 14″ X 18″ X 36″ object weighing 40 pounds to a height of 48 inches.
  • Instructor level credentials in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable but not necessary: challenge course, aquatics, equestrian sports, dramatic arts.
  • Familiarity with American Camping Association standards for resident camps in highly desirable but not necessary.

Effect on End Result

  1. Execution and delivery of the YMCA Camp Mohawk Leadership Development Program in a professional, effective manner resulting in a highly trained, motivated and inspired leader corp.
  2. Accomplishment of YMCA Camp Mohawk for Girls mission related goals:
    a.  Campers and staff at Camp Mohawk will grow in knowledge and appreciation of themselves.
    b.  Campers and staff at Camp Mohawk will grow in knowledge and appreciation of their relationships with others.
    c.  Campers and staff at Camp Mohawk will grow in knowledge and appreciation of their relationship with God.
    d.  Campers and staff at Camp Mohawk will grow in knowledge and appreciation of their relationship with the natural environment.
  3. Delivery of in-season continuing education and training to staff resulting in a staff that is competent, confident, appreciated, and capable of delivering the mission of this organization while themselves experiencing a highly rewarding and purposeful summer.
  4. Ratings of above average or above on all aspects of Mohawk staff evaluations with the exception of food service and policy related issues (shared responsibility for this outcome).
  5. A personal understanding and appreciation for the potential of Camp Mohawk to be a transformative experience in a child or a young woman’s life.