The Salvation Army - Southwest Division

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Day Camp Counselor

at The Salvation Army - Southwest Division

Posted: 2/8/2019
Job Status: Full Time,Contract/Temporary

Job Description

  • Lead day camp and other recreation activities with enthusiasm, according to training protocol and written lesson plans.
  • Assist with spiritual and character development of camp participants.
  • Adhere to and implement positive discipline procedures created for campers and staff.
  • Communicate all issues regarding day camp to Head Counselors, and/or the After-School and Day Camp Lead II immediately. Follow up with appropriate documentation as directed.
  • Complete required documentation to inform parents and supervisors of any camper injury, behavioral issue, dispute, etc.
  • Adhere to dress code at all times. May be required to wear activity appropriate attire (e.g. swimwear)
  • Clean each program area used with camper group before heading to next camp activity.
  • Facilitate day camp check in and out procedures according to protocol. Check ID of each person signing out a camper, compared against list of adults authorized for sign-out.
  • Interface respectfully with peers, supervisors and customers of carious socio-economic backgrounds. Handle disputes with participants, parents, and staff in a professional manner with guidance of Head Counselor, After-School and Day Camp Lead II, and/or Arts, Education and Youth Coordinator.
  • Ensure the safe use of the facility and execution of activities through enforcement of facility and activity-specific regulations and insuring that only authorized patrons participate.
  • Protect, maintain, and be accountable for camp supplies.
  • Maintain a safe working environment; report any and all facility defects/problems and any suspicious activities or persons to appropriate personal.
  • Assist in emergencies or treatment of injured participants or staff. Follow up with completion of appropriate paperwork as directed.
  • Enforce and follow all rules that pertain to camp and the facility on a constant basis.
  • Practice vigilant supervision at all times. Perform regular head counts and keep an accurate attendance list of assigned children.
  • Assist with development, implementation and coordination of both daily and weekly activities and as directed.
  • Act as primary leader for assigned camper group, working harmoniously with co-leaders.
  • Demonstrate integrity, enthusiasm and sound moral judgment.
  • Provide information and answer questions about available programs.
  • Recognize the spiritual need of individuals, which may require referral to an officer, pastor or to our Youth Ministries Lead.
  • Perform other assignments/duties as directed.

Skill / Requirements

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to teach a variety of activities involving education, computers, sports, performing arts, fine arts and/or fitness, preferably in a camp setting. Note that candidates for the Day Camp Counselor position are asked to lead a game or craft during their group interview.
  • Must have the ability to maintain a non-judgmental attitude in working with customers, clients, members and staff.
  • Must become CPR/AED/First Aid certified prior to first camp session worked.
  • Must have a Fingerprint Clearance Card prior to start date.
  • Must have a Food Handlers Card prior to start date.
  • Must have a Tuberculosis Test prior to start date.
  • Must be able to read, write and communicate in English to be able to perform job duties.
  • Must thrive in a team oriented environment.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality as needed.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health.
  • Must be capable of meeting the demands of day camp during a strenuous 40-hour workweek.
  • Strong desire and ability to work well with children, parents, and staff in a capacity of leadership, counseling, and education including, but not limited to:
    • Relating joyfully and sensitively to children of all ages.
    • Sensitivity to children’s individual needs.
    • Use appropriate positive discipline consistently.
    • Dependability.
    • Handle security and crisis situations calmly.
    • Engage and maintain a child’s interest in activities.
    • Adapt teaching method or behavior management style according to child’s needs.
  • Complete all Protecting the Mission requirements and other trainings as directed.
  • Must have the ability to create and facilitate programming that promotes character building and spiritual formation aligned with mission of The Salvation Army.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish preferred.
  • 21 and over, willing and able to drive vehicles for The Salvation Army (including 14-passenger buses and standard minivans) preferred.


 Qualified individuals must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without accommodation. A qualified person with a disability may request a modification or adjustment to the job or work environment in order to meet the physical requirements of the position. The Salvation Army will attempt to satisfy requests as long as the accommodation needed is reasonable and no undue hardship would result. Qualified individuals must have access to reliable transportation.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and reach with hands and arms on a continuous basis. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 20 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Must have the ability to operate telephone, a desktop or laptop computer, as well as the ability to access and produce information from a computer, and to understand written information.

Important Notes

Mission Statement

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church.  Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.