Youth Camp Counselor Lead

Youth Camp Counselor Lead Job Description

Under the direction of the Youth Camp Program Assistant and the Youth Programs and Events Supervisor, Youth Camp Counselor Leads oversee day-to-day activities of The Watersports Camp multisport camp sessions.  This broad-based position includes leading a team of youth camp counselors in the operation of multisport camp daily activities, enforcing rules and standards, and ensuring a safe and high quality camp experience for participants.


Primary Functions

  • Reports to Youth Camp Program Assistant and MBAC Youth Programs and Events Supervisor
  • Leads and supervises multisport camp day-to-day activities for their assigned group or CIT Program when assigned
  • Serves as a role model and inspires camp counselors in their team to rise to the challenge of providing high quality camp programming consistently for the full duration of the long summer season
  • Communicates the importance of counselor responsibilities and expectations
  • Ensures roll call and record keeping standards are met
  • Ensures medication administration standards and expectations are met
  • Assigns duties and responsibilities to counselors to ensure proper lifeguarding/supervision coverage is met for each activity
  • Communicates CIT needs or concerns with Youth Camp Program Assistant
  • Promptly communicates issues or concerns with participants, staff, or operations
  • Participate in weekly lead meetings
  • Ensures counselors on team know and meet their daily duties responsibilities
  • Ensures daily clean up tasks and directs team members to assist other areas when possible
  • Other duties as assigned as needed

Customer Service and Collaboration

  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with various A.S. and University departments
  • Works with counselors on their team to provide a friendly and welcoming environment for all
  • Assures that customer needs are addressed and met to the highest standards
  • Directs counselors on team to assist other areas when conditions permit
  • Communicates progress and skill development of campers to parents/guardians during pickup


  • Ensures all operations are conducted with safety of campers and staff as first priority and in accordance with the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan and other safety policies
  • Ensures adequate supervision of participants at all times and under all conditions
  • Ensures camp activities are appropriate and meet MBAC safety standards
  • Adheres to the MBAC/Associated Students’ Code of Safe Practices
  • Understands the strategy and importance of the MBAC Abuse Prevention Policy and fosters a culture of communication and reporting


Minimum & Preferred Requirements


  • High School Diploma
  • Must be 18 years old or older


  • Previous experience as a Counselor or Instructor at The Watersports Camp at MBAC
  • Leadership experience in a youth program or camp setting highly desirable

License & Certification Requirements:

  • Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguarding (must be obtained within the first month of employment and offered at MBAC)
  • NASBLA approved powerboat certification (must be obtained within the first month of employment and offered at MBAC)
  • FBI, DOJ, and LiveScan fingerprint clearance
  • Current valid Driver’s License


  • Gender Awareness Training
  • Sexual Harassment Policy Training
  • Sexual Harassment for Supervisors Training
  • MBAC Abuse Prevention Policy Training
  • MBAC EAP Training
  • All Staff Training
  • Area Trainings


  • Must arrive on-time and ready for the workday
  • Must serve as a role model to staff and perform well as a member of a team
  • Ensures safety and quality standards of each activity are met daily
  • Responds to camper needs in a timely fashion
  • Reports camper behavioral issues and/or injuries to Youth Programs and Events Supervisor in a timely manner
  • Communicates clearly with Youth Camp Program Assistant any necessary equipment or program issues
  • Informs Youth Camp Program Assistant and Youth Programs and Events Supervisor of CIT or staff issues or concerns
  • Ensures staff are present and informed of expectations
  • Clearly communicates safety concerns and expectations with staff and CITs
  • Ensures that CITs are utilized effectively by team members and learn valuable job skills


  • Must have excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Must have excellent knowledge of MBAC Camp programs and activities
  • Must be able to prioritize, problem solve, make decisions, and meet deadlines under pressure
  • Must be able to follow oral and written directions and follow projects through to completion
  • Must have strong English language skills and the ability to read, write, and verbally communicate at a level appropriate to the duties of the position
  • Must be able to lead by example and serve as a teacher/mentor to staff and CITs within the program and at MBAC
  • Must have good interpersonal skills and a desire to provide excellent customer service


This is a part-time position requiring flexibility and willingness to work long hours including weekends with high demand during spring and summer. Must be available to work during the busy summer months June-August. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT 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 work environment will involve exposure to salt water, cold water, sun, wind, rain, weather, sand, seaweed, sea grass, ocean currents, sea creatures, breaking waves, and other outdoor elements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 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.

Physical requirements include but are not limited to: swimming, swimming in rough and deep water, walking, running, walking or running over rough or uneven surfaces, bending, stooping, lifting, pushing, pulling, and carrying loads. Must be able to swim at least 550 yards, dive at least 10 feet deep, swim with a 10 pound object for at least 20 yards, and tread water for at least 2 minutes. Must be able to watch and supervise groups of students in the ocean and/or bay while coaching technique and supervising safety. Must be able to recognize and respond to emergencies and prevent injuries or drowning.