92nd Street Y

Special Needs Camp Counselors (Summer 2018)

3 weeks ago(11/28/2017 7:08 PM)
ID
2017-1502
Department
92Y Camps [4]

Position Summary

The Special Needs Camp Counselor is responsible for directly supervising and nurturing a specific child or small group of children in Camp Tova or Camp Bari Tov. Camp Tova is designed for campers with ADD/HD, Learning Disabilities, and other social or emotional challenges, and Camp Bari Tov is designed for campers with developmental disabilities including but not limited to Autism and Downs Syndrome.

 

92Y's team philosophy creates a stimulating work environment in which every staff member is valued. Camp runs from Monday to Friday, for 7.5 weeks from June 27 until August 17; with a pre-camp orientation.

 

Essential Functions

  • Daily supervision of campers, including meeting campers at the 92nd Street Y supervising campers while in transit to and from Camp, supervising campers while eating lunch and during all camper activities and transition times.
  • Assist and/or lead regularly scheduled program activities (art, sports, nature, ropes, crafts, cooking, etc), transition times and mealtimes commensurate with the abilities, limitations and needs of individual campers.
  • Work with individual children or small groups of children to reinforce new skills initially introduced throughout the duration of camp and devise and implement special strategies for reinforcing skills based on the special needs and abilities of each child.
  • Communicate regularly to Camp Director and Assistant Director observations and concerns with regard to the needs and problems of individual campers.
  • Assume responsibilities for the health and safety of campers, with complete awareness of campers' whereabouts at all times
  • Provide support and assistance to campers and nurture campers at all times while respecting their privacy and sense of self-worth.
  • Come prepared every day to fully participate in the Camp’s activities, including the swim program, unless prevented by medical reason.
  • Read and understand the policies of Camp as set forth in the Staff manual that you will be given during Orientation and at all times comply with its rules and regulations, including dress code and emergency procedures
  • Exude enthusiasm for Camp life and activities and work as part of a team

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a High School diploma or equivalence certificate
  • Counselors must exhibit compassion, sensitivity, maturity and patience
  • Participation in Special Education, Child Psychology and/or Occupational Therapy classes and prior experience working with children with special needs in camp, youth programs, or recreational settings is preferred
  • Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities

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