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Camp Counselor - working with Special Needs

The mission of Special Needs Counselor is to provide a safe and encouraging environment where youth with special needs are valued and given the opportunity to explore new experiences. Campers may have developmental, physical, neurological, learning and/or mental impairments. The camper to staff ratio is two-to-one.

Desired Qualifications:
Must be 18 years or older.
Pursuing or possessing a degree in education, recreation, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology or related field preferred.
Desire to work with children and a willingness to learn.
Maturity, good moral character, and integrity.
Communicate effectively
Must be able to monitor the safety and well-being of campers.
Model appropriate behavior and use positive behavior-management techniques.
Must be able to actively participate in a variety of activities, including swimming.
Must pass background checks.

At least one year experience working with children/teens.
Experience working with children/teens with special needs preferred, but not a must
Experience in a school or camp setting preferred.

The role of the Special Needs Counselor includes the following responsibilities:
Provide leadership and guidance to a group of 8-12 day campers with special needs.
Assist the campers in increasing independence, experiencing community membership, increasing social skills, building peer relationships and increasing self-confidence
Cooperate with the entire staff in working together for the welfare of the camp and campers.
Maintain a positive working relationship with other staff within your unit.
Set a positive example, be a role-model in your words and actions.
Participate in all training activities, including pre-camp orientation.
Actively participate in all activities, including swimming.
Adapt activities, as needed, to allow active participation by the campers.
Provide additional assistance (e.g., interpreting instructions, providing physical assistance) in order to help the campers learn the recreational skills.
Encourage and create social interactions between the campers.
Provide positive reinforcement or other behavioral intervention, as needed.
Provide any individual assistance needed to promote the campers’ general adjustment to camp.
Prepare camper progress reports and award certificates.
ADDITIONAL PAY OPPORTUNITY: Ride the camp bus for pick up and drop off, and provide extra support and supervision for campers with special needs on the bus.
When not riding the bus, assist campers at drop off and pick up.
Keep camp supplies and equipment in good shape and organized.

Essential Functions:
Must be able to maintain constant supervision of campers, provide physical assistance to campers when necessary, assist campers in emergency (fire, injury, etc.), and observe loading and unloading of buses.
Must have the ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
Must have the physical ability to maneuver on the camp grounds (including uneven trails, woods, etc.).
Must have the auditory, visual and physical ability to respond to critical incidents.
Must be able to swim.

The Suffolk Y JCC is an equal opportunity employer.

Duration full-time
Ad Posted On 2021-05-26
Times this Ad has been viewed 493 times
Ad is posted for 30 days
Categories Summer Staff
Focus Community Centers
Organization Name mid-island y jcc
Job Location 45 Manetto Hill Road
Plainview, New York
United States
Application Instructions
Please send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]
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