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Below we've compiled a list of the most important skills for a camp counselor/lifeguard. We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of camp counselor/lifeguard resumes they appeared on. For example, 23.9% of camp counselor/lifeguard resumes contained safety rules as a skill. Let's find out what skills a camp counselor/lifeguard actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

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1. Safety Rules

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Principles or regulations that ensure the protection of people, objects, or the environment are called safety rules. These rules can be governing actions, devices, or procedures that help in minimizing the risks of loss, injury, or damage.

Here's how Safety Rules is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Explained and interpreted waterfront safety rules and regulations to coworkers and patrons.
  • Supervised swimmers to ensure safety and administered first aid as necessary.
  • Supervised campers to ensure safety and enjoyment.
  • Delegate to junior lifeguard, enforce safety rules, provide first aid and CPR
  • Selected for leadership position based on merit * Coordinated rotational changes and supervised workers * Enforced rules and regulations to ensure safety
  • Patrolled assigned pool to ensure safety and enjoyment of all patrons-Conducted swimming lessons for children and adults

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2. Staff Members

high Demand

Here's how Staff Members is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Worked alongside 80+ swim staff members to create a safe and friendly summer camp environment.
  • Participated as 1 of 50 staff members at a weight loss camp.
  • Coordinated with other staff members to ensure camper satisfaction and safety.
  • Advised 10+ staff members on day to day procedures.
  • Delivered thorough demonstrations of correct water safety practices to visitors and inexperienced staff members.
  • Developed positive relationships and open communication with children, parents and other staff members.

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3. Counselors

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The professionals who listen to and provide counseling for the personal and psychological problems of the people, while also keeping their confidentiality, are called counselors. Counselors help individuals by providing solutions to their problems, preventing them from emotional turmoil, and facilitate them in becoming a better version of themselves.

Here's how Counselors is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Head lifeguard; supervised, managed and trained other counselors in emergency preparedness.
  • Communicated with counselors and parents to ensure safety of campers
  • Interacted and worked alongside many fellow counselors.
  • Organized and led all archery activities at camp, administered and led activities at the waterfront, assisted counselors and other staff
  • Trained and supervised camp counselors as well as presiding over the safety and well being of all camp participants
  • Coordinate schedules for counselors, providing adequate counselor coverage for the daily camp program.
  • Worked with a team of counselors to ensure each child had a fun summer.
  • Headed function and wellness of unit with three counselors and 30 campers.
  • Collaborated daily with a team of 65 other counselors and staff.
  • Promoted teamwork among counselors and participated in meetings and group events.
  • Assisted Counselors in the organization and running of the camp.
  • Scheduled staff and delegated work to committee members and counselors.
  • Worked with other counselors to develop fun activities for children.
  • Coordinated activities for campers and help train counselors.
  • Maintained continuous surveillance of kids of all ages, counselors and other adults in the lake 2.
  • Worked along side fellow counselors to facilitate safety in camp activities.
  • Supervised a cabin of twenty 13-14 year olds along with 2 counselors Planned and oversaw events for campers age 11-18 Leadership

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4. Water Safety

high Demand

Here's how Water Safety is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Counseled girls ages 11- 16; taught swimming, canoeing, water safety, and sailing skills
  • Company:Geneva Lakes Water Safety PatrolLocation: 451 Outing St. Williams Bay, 53191
  • Provided water safety for 10-75 children at one time.
  • Educated children and teens on first aid, water safety, boating, swimming, and outdoor skills.
  • Insured the safety of swimmers in and around the water.Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, and pool maintenance
  • Provide young girls with appropriate instructions for swim lessons, boating safety, and water safety.

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5. Safe Environment

high Demand

Here's how Safe Environment is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Keep daily schedule, make sure campers are in a fun, safe environment.
  • Provide a safe environment for girls swimming and to teach swim lessons to the girls
  • Ensured that the bunk was a safe environment for the campers.
  • Maintained a clean and safe environment for swimming.
  • Maintain a safe environment on waterfront.
  • Completed Water Rescue Training and maintained AED and CPR certifications * Responsible for maintaining safe environment and grounds for pool guests.

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6. Daily Activities

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Any activity that you perform every day is called daily activities. Such acts are a part of a routine that helps in maintaining stress levels and improving mental health. Scheduling daily activities beforehand gives a sense of control, improves focus, and increases productivity.

Here's how Daily Activities is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Collaborated with co-workers in stressful environments while supporting one another in working as a team while arranging developmentally appropriate daily activities.
  • Led daily activities and established meaningful relationships with campers and coworkers.
  • Certified Lifeguard oversaw safety of campers at the pool area and led a group of twelve children in daily activities.
  • Planned daily activities, games, devotions, bible lessons, evening lessons, song times and meals.
  • Supervised kids in recreational activities; cleaning and set-up; meal preparation; organized daily activities; lifeguard
  • Supervised campers, guided daily activities, lead hikes and field trips, directed theatrical productions.
  • Lead groups of youth in daily activities and downtime entertainment, as well as behavior management.
  • Assisted with planning of daily activities to meet all curriculum and scheduling requirements.
  • Led daily activities such as sports, art and daily specials.
  • Planned and supervised daily activities for the camp kids.
  • Planned daily activities with the children at Day Camp.
  • Supervised children during their daily activities and meals.
  • Worked with children in various daily activities.
  • Planned and led daily activities for 25 campers ages 5-12 at Braemar Summer Sports Camp.
  • facilitated daily activities during 24 hour supervision of children, ages 6 to 17
  • Plan and assist in daily activities according to specialty e.g.
  • Assisted children who have Muscular Dystrophy with activities of daily living Supervised pool area and ensured safety during all daily activities
  • Prepared and executed bi-weekly youth swim instruction Supervised campers during daily activities Certified in Lifeguarding, First Aid and CPR

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7. Lifeguard

high Demand

Here's how Lifeguard is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Cabin leader* Counselor* Lifeguard* Leader of team building activities* Plan and lead devotionals* Plan skits and ice-breaker activities.
  • Monitor campers 24 hours per day as well as lifeguard for campers at the lakefront and pool.
  • Perform assigned lifeguard duties / responsibilities and all other duties as assigned by camp director and supervisor.
  • Camp counselor and lifeguard at summer camp in the Poconos, life guarding for pool and lakefront
  • Served as a camp counselor, lifeguard, and archery instructor for children ages 4-14.
  • Served as Lifeguard and was responsible for up to 100 campers at a time.
  • Worked as a lifeguard and ensured that all children were safe during swim times.
  • Worked as a lifeguard at a camp for those who have special needs.
  • Worked with K-8th grade students throughout the summer as a counselor and lifeguard.
  • Worked as a certified lifeguard during camp hours as well as public hours.
  • Worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor to kids from ages 2-12.
  • Completed training program, head lifeguard and head counselor for two summers.
  • Served as a certified lifeguard and swim instructor on a daily basis.
  • Camp counselor and lifeguard at Arrowhead outdoor camp full-time during the summer.
  • Certified yearly in lifeguard training, which included life saving techniques.
  • Completed extensive training to become a lifeguard and maintain the certification.
  • Performed lifeguard duty daily for the children at the camp.
  • Performed all lifeguard duties for open swim and swim classes.
  • Received Lifeguard certification along with first aid and CPR training.
  • Swim Instructor and Lifeguard at the Kalamazoo BAC next to KVCCGALLERIES

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8. Water Activities

high Demand

Here's how Water Activities is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Guided handicapped campers in therapeutic water activities and in evening camp-wide programming.
  • Performed as lifeguard conducted swim-bay and open-water activities.
  • Facilitate fun and engaging water activities such as swim lessons and lake activities for campers with special needs.
  • Ensured that water activities such as paddle boarding are done within the parameters of set rules and regulation 9.
  • Led small groups ages K-12th grade Encouraged campers to try new activities Led safety instructions for water activities

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9. Recreational Activities

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Recreational activities are activities that involve leisure, discretionary time, that you spend doing something for the sake of enjoyment, pleasure, or relaxation.

Here's how Recreational Activities is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Lead recreational activities, crafts, and discipline for the children.
  • Developed social and recreational activities for eleven to twelve year old girls Instructed swim lessons Ensured safety at the pool
  • Developed age-appropriate education and recreational activities.
  • Organized/Led/Promoted interest in recreational activities such as arts/sports/game/camping Enforced rules/regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline/ensure safety
  • Organized and supervised educational/recreational activities.
  • Organized age-appropriate recreational activities for children ages 8-12 Created and implemented activities that encourage team work, integrity, honor and respect

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10. Pool Area

high Demand

Here's how Pool Area is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Maintain constant surveillance over all patrons in pool area and secure safety of patrons in case of an emergency.
  • Managed the pool area for 100-300 cub scouts who required a knowledgeable instructor, mentor, and pool manager.
  • Surveyed pool areas to recognize and prevent injuries, trained in rescue skills for land and water.
  • Job duties including supervising children during on site and off site activities, including at pool area.
  • Monitor pool area/ make rescues when necessary as well as teach swim lessons.
  • Set up and cleaned up campsite and pool area.
  • Monitored pool - Maintained pool area - Taught swim lessons
  • Monitored pool - Maintained pool area - Taught swim lessons and lead various activities for campers
  • Monitored pool area / Trained new lifeguards Lead groups of children through games and crafts
  • Supervised patrons in and around pool area Maintained safety of all patrons at the pool
  • Assist children ages 6-14 in daily camp activities Guard the pool area as needed
  • Teach lifesaving, swimming, rowing and canoeing coursesGuard pool during open swimClean pool areaFill out forms for merit badges
  • Watch children Organized arts and crafts for campers Hosted movie nights Supervised pool area

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11. Swim Meets

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Here's how Swim Meets is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Supervised a cabin of 11-12 year old boys, led recreational and educational programs including swim lessons and waterfront activities.
  • Designed and implemented safe and age appropriate swim lessons for both private and group lessons.
  • Guard patrons * Monitor and Supervise Water Drills * Supervise Activities * Swim Lessons
  • Coordinated swim meets and lessons for children between the ages of 10-15.
  • Teach swim lessons to ages three to fifteen of all swimming abilities.
  • Guarded the waterfront and administered swim lessons throughout day.
  • Developed daily swim lessons to improve swimming skills and for groups of campers from age four to thirteen.
  • Served as a waterfront staff for the camp, lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons.
  • Designed and taught swim lessons as well as lifeguarded at the camp pool.
  • Managed Pool, Camp Groups, and Winterhaven Basketball facilities Taught Swim Lessons Counseled children ages 5-15
  • Watch over pool Instruct swim lessons Instruct all infants-seniors Conduct active, uplifting programs Work directly with/involve families Answer phones

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12. Safety Procedures

average Demand

Safety procedures are a set of standardized procedures, that ensures minimal to no risk to people, resources, and the work environment. A company follows the step-by-step safety procedures as it they not only keep the customers and the employees safe, but also help in avoiding legal claims.

Here's how Safety Procedures is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Explain principles, techniques, and safety procedures to children and demonstrate the use of materials and equipment.
  • Train staff in activities, expectations and safety procedures.
  • Designed and implemented safety procedures and protocols to ensure maximum coverage of the waterfront and boating area.
  • Managed cash register, adhered to safety procedures, and enforced correct life-guarding procedures.
  • Promoted business by understanding and explaining extensive safety procedures, spacious indoor/outdoor play areas, and customer tours.
  • Monitored pool and enforced safety procedures to prevent potential incidents.

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13. Patience

average Demand

Patience refers to the act of remaining tolerant to delay.

Here's how Patience is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Gained valuable patience and experience in dealing with unruly parents/pool guests.
  • Gained leadership, patience, management, and problem solving skills.
  • Camp counselor for children 7-16 Patience, leadership skills acquired Experience outdoors, (i.e.
  • Learned aspects of team work, leadership, patience, and responsibility while supervising young campers.

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14. Role Model

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A role model is a person with desirable qualities who inspires other people to emulate their example.

Here's how Role Model is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Provided each camper with leadership and acted as a role model for the camp as a whole.
  • Ensured campers' safety, health and happiness and upheld camp values as role model.
  • Served as a positive role model to campers throughout the summer.
  • Acted as role model, teacher and friend to my campers
  • Provide a positive role model for youth from multicultural populations.
  • Acted as a role model and leader.

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15. Waterfront Area

average Demand

Here's how Waterfront Area is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Ensured the safety of children through supervision of waterfront area and maintenance of equipment.
  • Organized and instructed waterfront activities at a coeducational day camp for children ages10-14.
  • Assisted children ages 7-17 in waterfront activities, sports, and spiritual guidance
  • Organized waterfront activities.Coordinated and accompanied with guitar in worship services and evening campfires.

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16. Lesson Plans

average Demand

A teacher's daily guide for students that describes what they need to learn, teaching methods and how will the learning be assessed, all comes under a lesson plan. It helps teachers be more productive in the classroom by delivering a detailed course outline to follow after every class.

Here's how Lesson Plans is used in Camp Counselor/Lifeguard jobs:
  • Created lesson plans for each class and collaborated with other instructors to administer an effective and interesting learning environment.
  • Collaborated with a team of aquatic specialists to facilitate learning in a positive environment structured with lesson plans.
  • Created and implemented engaging age-appropriate lesson plans for programs which captured the attention and imagination of the children
  • Developed curriculum and created lesson plans strategically tailored towards specific age groups ranging from 3-14.
  • Assist in creating daily/weekly lesson plans, implementing curriculum within the established guidelines.
  • Prepared detailed lesson plans for Elementary-High School students and implemented those lessons.

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20 Most Common Skill For A Camp Counselor/Lifeguard

Safety Rules23.9%
Staff Members14.8%
Counselors10.6%
Water Safety9.3%
Safe Environment8.1%
Daily Activities6.9%
Lifeguard6.8%
Water Activities5.2%

Typical Skill-Sets Required For A Camp Counselor/Lifeguard

RankascdescSkillascdescPercentage of ResumesPercentageascdesc
1
1
Safety Rules
Safety Rules
23.9%
23.9%
2
2
Staff Members
Staff Members
14.8%
14.8%
3
3
Counselors
Counselors
10.6%
10.6%
4
4
Water Safety
Water Safety
9.3%
9.3%
5
5
Safe Environment
Safe Environment
8.1%
8.1%
6
6
Daily Activities
Daily Activities
6.9%
6.9%
7
7
Lifeguard
Lifeguard
6.8%
6.8%
8
8
Water Activities
Water Activities
5.2%
5.2%
9
9
Recreational Activities
Recreational Activities
1.5%
1.5%
10
10
Pool Area
Pool Area
1.5%
1.5%
11
11
Swim Meets
Swim Meets
1.3%
1.3%
12
12
Safety Procedures
Safety Procedures
0.9%
0.9%
13
13
Patience
Patience
0.9%
0.9%
14
14
Role Model
Role Model
0.9%
0.9%
15
15
Waterfront Area
Waterfront Area
0.8%
0.8%
16
16
Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans
0.8%
0.8%
17
17
Small Groups
Small Groups
0.6%
0.6%
18
18
Aquatic Facility
Aquatic Facility
0.6%
0.6%
19
19
Child Care
Child Care
0.5%
0.5%
20
20
Constant Surveillance
Constant Surveillance
0.5%
0.5%
21
21
Rescue Techniques
Rescue Techniques
0.5%
0.5%
22
22
Special Education
Special Education
0.5%
0.5%
23
23
Safety Standards
Safety Standards
0.4%
0.4%
24
24
Different Activities
Different Activities
0.3%
0.3%
25
25
Communication
Communication
0.2%
0.2%
26
26
Safety Hazards
Safety Hazards
0.2%
0.2%
27
27
AGE Groups
AGE Groups
0.2%
0.2%
28
28
Personal Care
Personal Care
0.2%
0.2%
29
29
Recreational Facilities
Recreational Facilities
0.2%
0.2%
30
30
Daily Schedule
Daily Schedule
0.2%
0.2%
31
31
Medical Personnel
Medical Personnel
0.1%
0.1%
32
32
Medical Supplies
Medical Supplies
0.1%
0.1%
33
33
Independent Living
Independent Living
0.1%
0.1%
34
34
Facility
Facility
0.1%
0.1%
35
35
Large Groups
Large Groups
0.1%
0.1%
36
36
Powerpoint
Powerpoint
0.1%
0.1%
37
37
Daily Operations
Daily Operations
0.1%
0.1%
38
38
Unsafe Areas
Unsafe Areas
0.1%
0.1%
39
39
Chemical Levels
Chemical Levels
0%
0%
40
40
Continuous Surveillance
Continuous Surveillance
0%
0%

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