The Salvation Army - Central Territory

  • Summer Day Camp Counselor/St. Charles, IL

    Job Locations US-IL-St. Charles
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    Temporary Full-Time
  • Overview



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    POSITION TITLE:                 Summer Day Camp Counselor         


    LOCATION/DEPT:                St. Charles/Tri-City Corps


    REPORTS TO (TITLE):        Youth Development Coordinator/Summer Day Camp Director


    FLSA CATEGORY:              Non-Exempt


    STATUS TYPE:                    Temprary Full-Time



    Coordinate a full range of programs for Day Camp participants, Grades K-6, that meet the physical, spiritual and social needs in the Tri-City area.  Must be willing to support all goals of The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps and its mission statement.  Must feel comfortable in sharing the Christian faith and in leading and participating in Christian education and evangelistic outreach programs.



    1. Coordinate and conduct a variety of assigned activities for the Summer Day Camp program related to recreational and character building programs for youth, grades K-6, including (but not limited to):
      1. Develop lesson plans
      2. Devotions/Bible Classes
      3. Arts & Crafts
      4. Assist in Computer Lab and Monitor Internet Usage
      5. Small and Large Motor Activities, both on-and off-site
      6. Field Trips
      7. Monitor youth while at the pool and swimming.
    1. Inform participants and visitors of rules concerning dress, conduct or equipment and enforce the rules.
      1. Work with supervisors regarding unruly or unauthorized persons as necessary.
      2. Settle disputes between participants/visitors.
    1. Maintain a number of records and reports.
      1. Records on attendance and participation.
      2. Incident and Accident Reports.
    1. Maintain the Community Center, office area, storage area, computer lab and game area. Insure the safety and security of participants, supplies and equipment.
      1. Maintenance, as needed, for program changes to include room set up and tear down, as well as cleaning when janitorial staff is not available.
      2. Help assist in all areas to get ready for the Summer Day Camp Program. (Paper work, cleaning of rooms, planning activities, etc.)
    1. Develop a relationship with Day Camp participants and their families.
      1. Share the gospel and the message of salvation through Jesus Christ whenever appropriate.
      2. Lead devotionals and Bible Study.
      3. Open activities with prayer.
      4. Lead in prayer prior to snacks and meals.
    1. Other duties as assigned.



    Under general supervision of the Youth Development Coordinator/Summer Day Camp Director with some freedom to plan, schedule, and carry out responsibilities within established policies and guidelines.


    This position supervises Junior Assistants and program volunteers.


    Works with Day Camp participants and their families, outside groups, community residents, Corps families, staff, community service workers and volunteers.  In these contacts related to this position’s duties, this individual acts as a representative of The Salvation Army and its mission.



    This individual will be evaluated on how effectively the outcomes of this position are achieved, as well as the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of accomplishing assigned goals.



    • High School Diploma required.
    • Previous experience working with youth preferred.
    • Must be at least 18 and up (21 and older must clear MVR & be willing to transport children in a 12 passenger van)



    • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills, using diplomacy and good judgment.
    • Demonstrates ability to use initiative and be a self-starter.
    • An attention to detail.
    • A positive attitude and the ability to be flexible in light of changing job situations/priorities.
    • A strong personal conviction for the mission of The Salvation Army.
    • An ability to work with confidential material.
    • Must enjoy and be good at dealing with people (especially youth) and able to handle difficult people and situations.
    • Responsible for planning and development of entire Bible Class curriculum
    • Provide hands-on daily instruction of Bible lessons for Summer Day Campers.



    • This individual will only commit Army resources that have been allocated or approved.
    • This individual will keep the Youth Development Coordinator/Summer Day Camp Director informed on all critical issues relating to their area of responsibility.
    • This individual will adhere to all policies and procedures in carrying out the responsibilities of this position.



    • This position is required to do quite a bit of physical work. 
    • In order to successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the employee is regularly required to be active for lengthy periods of time. 
    • The work environment for this position includes indoor and outdoor environments with sometimes, loud noise levels.
    • The employee is frequently required to walk, stoop, kneel or crouch as well as walk long distances and be able to move around physically with children. 
    • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to focus. 


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