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Day Camp Unit Leader

Company: Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Day Camp Unit Leader


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Day Camp Unit Leader at the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA maintains a supportive, positive atmosphere that welcomes and respects all individuals, promotes the potential of all youth, and provides a quality experience to both youth and their families.

OUR CULTURE: Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


  1. Contributes to planning and implementation of the day camp program
  2. Coordinates program activity schedule, field trips and supplies for unit.
  3. Supervises Day Camp Leaders assigned to their camp unit and conducts daily observations.
  4. Ensures safety, supervision, proper staff/child ratios and an accurate count of children in the unit at all times.
  5. Adheres to work schedule and is prepared for activities at the beginning of each shift.
  6. Attends and participates in program activities, staff meetings, and all staff training
  7. Follows all policies, procedures, and standards as established by TDFPS or Health Department licensing, the law or the Y (e.g., safety or emergency procedures, behavior guidance strategies, child abuse prevention policies); makes ADA accommodations where appropriate; maintains the program site, equipment, and required program records.
  8. Assists in implementing appropriate curriculum/events at camp sites that nurture children through purposeful programming and ensures the proper implementation of curriculum that is intended to achieve program goals and outcomes, are culturally relevant, are developmentally appropriate, and are consistent with the Y's values. A few examples of curriculum include physical activities, outdoor living skills, archery, camping, songs/music, crafts, teambuilding, aquatics, sports and recreation, STEM, and character development.
  9. Ensures a safe, clean, neat, and orderly camp atmosphere.
  10. Maintains proper and accurate records.
  11. Develops and maintains relationships with staff and parents.
  12. Creates a positive rapport and shared interest with all youth; models relationship-building skills in all interactions.
  13. Provides opportunities for youth to lead, problem-solve, and make decisions and choices within the program and provides daily opportunities for youth to reflect on and respond to their experiences.
  14. Provides and welcomes ongoing dialogue with parents and caregivers about their child's needs and progress; connects families to the Y.
  15. Applies all YMCA policies and procedures and exemplifies the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility, and faith.
  16. All other duties as assigned


  • Communication & Influence
  • Developing Self & Others
  • Program/Project Management


  • Must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED and have experience working with children ages 5-13.
  • Possess at least 1 year of experience in a camp or licensed youth program.
  • Ability to attend all staff meetings.
  • Must be able to attend and complete all required trainings.
  • Must have or obtain a current TB test prior to employment.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Ability to swim at least 25 yards, including deep water preferred.
  • Should have strong skills in organizing, relationship building, customer service, and program development.
  • Possess strong conflict management, decision making and communication skills.
  • Previous experience in one or more of the following areas preferred: songs/music, outdoor living, crafts, STEM, team building, skits, sports, or recreational games.
  • Capacity to be flexible and adjust to changing work environment.
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
  • Commitment to inclusion and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • CPR/AED/O2/First Aid certifications and Child Abuses Prevention, Understanding Your Biases, Anti-Harassment, Blood Borne Pathogens, Hazard Communication Awareness, and Slips, Trips, and Falls trainings required within 30 days of hire.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to plan, lead, and participate in program activities in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Keywords: Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA, Arlington , Day Camp Unit Leader, Other , Arlington, Texas

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