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YMCA of Greater Boston Camp Walsh Wellness & Sports Specialist in Brighton, Massachusetts

Job Description

Position: New Balance BOOST Camp Wellness & Sports Specialist

Reports to: Camp Walsh Director

Schedule: Up to 40 hours/week beginning as soon as June 14. Summer Camp season runs from June 21-September 3

Context: Every step of this pandemic, the Oak Square YMCA has focused on offering programs and resources that support health equity for all members of our community to keep our local adults and families engaged in healthy living and youth development programs that strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Despite the many challenges impacting our organization, our team has been resilient and committed to providing our young people and their families with safe and high-quality healthy living programming at a time when they need it the most.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Camp Director, the New Balance BOOST Camp Wellness & Sports Specialist is responsible for managing the development and delivery of our BOOST youth wellness curriculum, camp family wellness activities, camper health knowledge and fitness tracking. This individual will a develop and lead 45-minute BOOST activity periods each day to engage our campers in non-traditional camp games, mindfulness, sports, wellness activities, and fitness challenges. Activities should be designed to improve our campers’ understanding of the benefits and guidelines of healthy eating, physical activity, mindfulness, healthy sleep, and fitness. We understand that our campers had experienced a very sedentary spring behind their computer screens so our goal is to incorporate as many opportunities as we can to get our campers moving each the day and engaged in at least one daily period of 30-45 minutes of sustained moderate-to-rigorous physical activity during their BOOST, group sports, and swimming activity periods. This individual will also create a weekly BOOST family newsletters that included healthy recipes and take-home family fitness challenges to keep our Y families moving and healthy through the summer.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Works independently to develop and implement summer youth wellness and sports activities and camper health knowledge surveys

  • Emphasizes personal safety and emotional well-being with campers, parents and other camp personnel at all times. Camper safety is a top priority.

  • Interprets the quality of YMCA values to campers, CIT's, parents and staff. Must be a positive role model. Develops appropriate relationships with all campers in their care. Understands, establishes, and abides by appropriate boundaries.

  • Plans and implements recreational and educational programs that emphasize group participation with an appropriate amount of choice.

  • Uses positive, constructive methods of discipline/positive reinforcement, and ensures that all staff does the same.

  • Communicates respectfully, openly and effectively with all staff, parents and children.

  • Assists pool staff during daily swim instruction and aids lifeguards during free swim time as needed

    Program Implementation

  • Stays alert to camper needs by practicing active listening.

  • Frequently takes a name to face roll call, at the beginning, during, and end of each activity period.

  • Reports all accidents and unusual incidents immediately to appropriate supervisors and completes necessary documentation.

  • Communicates program information, problems, and concerns as they occur

  • Assists with planning and implementing of daily camp activities, camp special events and Family Night activities.

  • Actively participates in all aspects of camp daily leadership schedule including openings, closings, and extended hours as needed

  • Attends all staff meetings and training sessions. Becomes familiar with training materials and actively incorporates them in their day today interactions and work with campers.

  • Maintains and cares for all program areas and supplies. Ensures that campers treat all equipment, supplies, and camp property responsibly.

  • Performs other duties as required by supervisor (remains flexible). Demonstrates a willingness to help where needed and actively seeks to develop oneself.

  • Abides by the established YMCA/DPH/ACA day camp policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines and asks when in doubt.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS - REQUIRED:

  • Must be 18 years of age and have high school diploma or equivalent; some college, and experience preferred.

  • Achieved or working toward an education, healthy living, or youth development degree preferred

  • Willing to explore student learning in a non-traditional setting and connect student learning through experiential learning.

  • Experience with working with a diverse population of students

  • A fierce commitment to equity, healthy living, and youth development

  • Current authorization to work in the United States. Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment.

    QUALIFICATIONS - PREFERRED:

  • Bachelors degree in education, healthy living, or youth development related field

    Physical Demands:

  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in all physical camp games and activities.

  • Works in a busy indoor environment; leads outside activities as well.

  • May be expected to be in the water during swim periods.

    Skills and Competencies:

  • Must demonstrate cultural sensitivity and utilize effective communication skills.

  • Possesses a knowledge of group process – collaborative style of working within a team.

  • Must possess current First Aid, Oxygen, and CPR certifications and as required by the specific camp; or successfully complete YMCA provided First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse Prevention Training upon hire.

  • Must be available up to 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday for an 8 hour shift between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm.

  • Must be available for overtime as necessary.

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