CRSI is seeking Summer Camp Counselors for Developmentally Disabled Youths in Urbana. This is a temporary position, and will be working together with the Champaign County YMCA.
Provide leadership and guidance of a group of up to twelve day campers, ages 7 to 13, with developmental disabilities
Will participate in conducting general camp program, cooperate with the entire staff in working together for the welfare of the camp and campers, and maintain a positive working relationship with other staff
To assist and support campers in either a work environment or a day service program environment within a structured setting and/or out in the community based upon camper desires and programming opportunities
Counselors are expected to assist campers to learn new skills and work towards maintaining existing skills as well as assisting the camper to choose and engage in activities of the day
Participate in all training activities that are provided by the camp that aids you in personal growth and skill development (including pre-camp orientation).
Auditory and visual ability to respond to critical incidents.
Ability to perform routine first aid tasks.
Abilities to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
Physical ability to operate van and all tie-downs and emergency features.
Ability to plan activities that help all campers experience success.
Ability to safely perform personal care needs with respect and dignity for the campers.
Be a friend and leader to each camper in your group to promote improved camper self-image and good group relationships.
Assist with the planning and coordination of each weekly schedule at day camp, including planning and leading activities for your own group.
Interpret health and safety regulations to the group.
Observe each camper daily and check for cuts, bruises, skin rashes, or other indications of illness or injury.
Report all Unusual Incidents to their immediate supervisor.
Ride the camp bus for camper pick-up and drop-off at least once a week, providing songs, games, and stories, in addition to enforcing safety precautions during the trip.
When not riding the bus, meet the bus and any other campers upon their arrival in camp.
Help the campers with daily self-maintenance tasks: i.e., collecting and refrigerating lunches upon arrival at camp and eating lunch together; helping your campers prepare for daily activities; and being sure all personal belongings get home each night.
Promote good manners at mealtime and encourage common courtesies in serving, passing, and eating of food.
Prepare camper progress reports and award certificates.
Offer guidance in-group and camp-wide activities.
Keep camp supplies and equipment in good shape, including putting them away when finished with a project.
Set a positive example recognizing at all times be aware that you are a "model" to all campers and to other staff.
Assist as needed with camper check-in and check-out to insure full counselor-parent communication at beginning and end of each session.
Live out Strive@CRSI’s Core Values: SATISFACTION: We constantly strive to satisfy each of our customers and work consistently to develop and implement supports that are successful for all customers. HONESTY: We will be sincere and straightforward in our relationships with all customers, which will develop trust. QUALITY: We will identify the needs of the customer and meet those expectations on time and within the budget. RESPECT: Our interactions with each other will occur in a professional, fair, and caring manner.TEAMWORK: We will share ideas, direction, and resources, and work cooperatively to resolve issues. Maintain a clean and safe working environment ensuring the safety and welfare of all campers while engaging them in recreational and employment options.
Organize work areas prior to arrival of campers making sure all materials are available in advance of the need daily to complete work and/or projects.
Operate under the guidelines of agency policy and procedure completing all tasks and duties as assigned.
Represent CRSI in a positive light when engaging other community entities, agencies and/or families of people with disabilities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Must be 18 years or older and be a high school graduate or equivalent
Must possess a valid, current driver’s license and an acceptable police record
Must have at least one year experience working with youth and exhibit emotional maturity, good moral character, integrity and dependability
100% attendance is expected
Ability to work independently and with other counselors to conduct Summer Program Curriculum, program activities, field trips
Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing situations and campers’ needs
Have a genuine interest in the development of youth