Location and Job Title:
Day Camp Inclusion Support Counselor
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood
54 Nagle Ave
New York, NY 10040
Camp Twelve Trails gives children entering Kindergarten - 10th grade the best of both specialty and traditional day camp programs. It is comprised of five Neighborhoods (elective tracks): Play, Create, Explore, Discover, and Grow that allow campers to strengthen their skills in their favorite specialty while encouraging them to explore new areas. Our program is rooted in universally shared values central to Jewish life. These values are incorporated into everything we do, with the hope that it encourages our staff and campers to be the best versions of themselves.
Inclusion Counselors (Level 1) provide support based on each specific child's need at targeted times of the day. They will apply and track individualized behavior plans, and implement specific behavioral and instructional strategies developed by Camp's inclusion Coordinator.
Inclusion Counselors (Level 2) support a group of campers with special needs through 2:1 support, application and tracking of individualized behavior plans, and implementation of specific behavioral and instructional strategies developed by Camp's inclusion Coordinator.
DUTIES DURING CAMP
- Assist in facilitating educational and recreational activities.
- Assist in dressing and managing camper belongings.
- Implement strategies laid out in camper plans that promote inclusivity.
- Actively develop relationships with youth.
- Facilitate relationships and play between campers and their peers.
- Enforce rules and expectations of the program to maintain safety at all times, including busing and transitions.
- Model appropriate behavior to campers, and use positive behavior-management techniques with participants.
- Participate alongside camper in all camp activities, including swim and sports.
- Provide support for all campers in the group at any given time with a primary focus on the campers with needs.
- Provide reports to your supervisor in order that they can effectively communicate with parents about their child's behavior and progress in camp.
- Attend and participate in all pre-camp trainings, camp meetings, activities and special programs.
- June 27 - Aug 16, 2024, including 40-45 hours of staff training in May and June.
- Mondays through Fridays, during the summer (June 27 - Aug 16, 2024).
- $2,500- $3,950 for the season.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other functions and responsibilities may change or may be assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.
- Must be entering senior year of High School or equivalent.
- Previous experience working with children.
- Strong communication and problem solving skills.
- Ability to remain calm and maintain perspective under pressure.
- Commitment to work collaboratively with others.
- Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing needs.
- Must have an interest supporting neurodivergent children in our inclusive camp setting
Established in 1917 as one of the first Jewish community centers in New York City, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood (the Y) is a thriving and visionary not-for-profit human services organization in Northern Manhattan. We welcome people of diverse ethnicities and all ages, from pre-school to older adults, into the Y family with a wide range of educational, recreational and social services and programs that focus on improving the quality of their lives. With a long and distinguished history, the Y is a multi-service community center that is well known for its nurturing environment and non-judgmental philosophy.