The quality of camp staff is an important consideration when choosing the right summer camp for your child. At the Y, we aim to impress with camp counselors who are fun and responsible. “We want our camp counselors to be fun and energetic, but also mature and it’s important they have good judgment,” said Shannon Bujoreanu, Camp Director, who got her start as a camp counselor at the Y.
HOW WE HIRE COUNSELORS
Every year, the YMCA posts open summer camp positions. We provide growth opportunities for college students planning on working in the field of youth development. In addition, we have 10-15 certified teachers on staff as Morning Specialty Instructors as well as Activity Leaders.
Applicants participate in an individual interview. A job offer is contingent on three reference checks and a thorough background screening. Before they begin their job as a camp counselor, they are given a training manual which outlines policies and procedures in addition, they must complete two online courses – camp supervision and child abuse prevention.
The administrative team receives CPR/First Aid training. In June, all camp staff meet for 20 hours prior to camp to train in specific areas that include safety, character development and team building. Counselors encourage campers to try new things and to make new friends. Counselors also take every opportunity to role model and teach character development.
Parents tell us all that training makes a difference.
“Your camp is safe, fun and the counselors are wonderful. Full of energy, kind, supportive and fun! Thank you for always keeping the children safe and for giving them experiences that they will remember for a lifetime!”
THE Y SUMMER CAMP DIFFERENCE
Y camps are deeply rooted in tradition, offering a unique experience. Many camps offer one focus or specialty, whereas a Y camp provides the chance for children to participate in many different activities and experiences like archery, sports, swimming, crafts and more.
“Our three areas of focus are achievement, belonging and relationship,” Shannon explained. “We want children to feel like they are part of something bigger, that they are a part of a team or family that wants them to be there.”
MEET OUR SUMMER CAMP STAFF
We can’t wait for your child to meet our amazing summer camp staff! Visit our CampSpace pages in June to meet our staff.