Adventure Counselor

Position: Adventure Counselor


Under the direction of the Adventure Director, or his/her designate, and consistent with the Christian mission of the YMCA and in cooperation with other YMCA staff, the Adventure Counselor will provide care for up to 16 campers with a co-counselor from Sunday through Friday.  They will also be responsible for working with the Adventure Director to work on the operational aspects of the Adventure Program.  Including: Caring for campers ages 10-15, activity facilitation, be responsible for the cleaning of camp, writing letters to both campers and parents. Work with the Adventure Director to ensure a strong staff team and successful parent and camper experience.



  • Adventure Counselor will work with the Associate Adventure Director and Senior Program Director to create a quality summer camp program helping campers to develop a sense of accomplishment, belonging and character.
  • Responsible for campers within an off-site environment.
  • Will be responsible for using funds to buy food, etc. under Senior Program Director and Associate Adventure Director.
  • If over the age of 21 responsible for transporting campers.
  • Ensure cleanliness of camp.
  • Write camper letters on a session basis for campers and parents about their time at camp.
  • Facilitate proper group behavior in vehicles.
  • Assist with scanning during pool time. Swim with group.  Proper dress during pool time.
  • Organize trips out of camp, make good decisions on trips.
  • Provide an emotionally and physically safe environment for our campers.
  • Exhibit personal habits, health, dress, speech, table etiquette and relationships with other staff that serve as a good role model to guest.
  • Implements character development, mission, diversity initiatives, and quality initiatives into program and member service delivery.
  • Manage appropriate behavior with all children and implement the Camp’s discipline policy when necessary.
  • Maintain positive work relationship with parents, co-workers and supervisors.
  • Attend staff meetings.
  • Follow all risk management protocol.
  • Ensure proper documentation maintained for all risk management situations.
  • Attend all training’s required for employment for the YMCA.
  • All other duties as assigned.



This job works with the Adventure Director and Co-workers to supervise campers who participate in our summer program.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



High school diploma or general education degree (GED); or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Preferable age of 21 and/or two years of college education. Experience and training significant for camp programs such as outdoor camping, rock climbing, kayaking, and outdoor survival skills.



  • Interest in children and significant evidence of emotional maturity, good moral character, judgment, integrity and leadership capability.
  • Enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors.
  • Ability to create and work within a Christian environment so that each camper has the opportunity for spiritual growth.
  • Ability to adapt to changing needs and circumstances.
  • Desire to learn and apply experiences as necessary.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to be able to communicate in a positive manner with member, participants and staff.



  • CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED, Basic First Aid certification and Emergency Oxygen
  • To participate and obtain Wilderness First Aid Certification, Life Guard Cert, and High Ropes Certification.
  • If above the age of 21 has a valid driver’s license.
  • Complete the Legally Required Online Training’s through Redwoods. Attend all training’s and staff meetings related to the position.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.



Ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance.



Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.



  • 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.
  • Job requires staff to participate with campers in an outdoor setting throughout the summer. Staff are required to swim daily with the campers and actively participate in all activities that are scheduled.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to sit and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Employee must have ability to assist in scanning and swim with campers during group swim time.



  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • The employee must be comfortable performing all duties in an outdoor environment.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Supplemental Information Sheet                    

Principle activities

  1. Create a program that helps campers develop a sense of accomplishment, belonging and a focus on character traits of the YMCA.
  2. Comfortable in performing all duties in an outdoor environment.
  3. Supervise and ensure the physical and emotional safety of all campers.
  4. Follow the Risk Management and Program Management policies of camp and ensure proper documentations for first aid, child abuse, discipline situations.
  5. Manage appropriate behavior with all children and implement camp’s discipline policy when necessary.
  6. Keep Directors, Leadership staff aware of difficult or unusual situations. Share problems so that they can be solved.
  7. Maintain a positive relationship with supervisors, co-workers, campers and parents.
  8. Provide information to other departments when there is maintenance, kitchen or office needs.
  9. Share information from registration forms/confidential forms with counselors, nurses and leadership team.
  10. Work with kitchen staff to ensure smooth table/tray ratios and organization for seating.
  11. Work with the kitchen staff to meet any dietary needs shared by families in paperwork.
  12. Provide feedback and evaluation to the Junior Counselors twice during their experience.
  13. Work with the Summer Director to create a weekly staff assignment schedule.
  14. Ensure proper group behavior at assemblies and in the dining hall, lead daily graces and clean up procedures.
  15. Present taps talks, campfire skits, songs, and lead assemblies when required.
  16. Lead quality programs by example. Join into activities, evening programs, and classes with positive attitude.
  17. Exhibit personal habits, health, dress, speech, etiquette and relationships that serve as a role model for the guest of camp.
  18. Attend all trainings and meetings required for employment by the YMCA of NWNC.
  19. All other duties as assigned.


Counselor Rules and Regulations: In order to have a safe, healthy camp that is a good experience for all participants, counselors will refrain from:

  1. Using objectionable language
  2. Engage in or permit verbal or non-verbal shame of others
  3. Permit destruction of nature in any form (breaking of branches on live trees, picking plants, carving trees, killing or torturing animals, etc.)
  4. Permit vandalism of property in any form.
  5. Permit any littering.
  6. Engage in or permit excessive “horseplay” or physical “rough-housing” with campers.
  7. Make threats that are unwise to carry out or administer physical punishments, i.e. forcing participants to run laps, perform pushups, or any forced exercise in lieu of punishment.
  8. Be under the influence of or in possession of any drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.
  9. Allow radios, iPods, cd players, etc. to be played when they will distract from the camp program or the natural setting.
  10. Drink soda, eat snacks or have any special privileges in front of the campers when they are not allowed to have them.
  11. Wear t-shirts, or clothing that advertises alcohol, tobacco or anything offensive. Wear bandanas, hats or clothing that would suggest gang symbols or membership. Must comply with the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Employee Dress Code.