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Working As A Camp Director

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $43,455

    Average Salary

What Does A Camp Director Do At Jewish Community Center

* Camp Kingswood, the residential summer camp of JCC Greater Boston is seeking a Camp Director either Full time or Part time (requirements will be adjusted) who will provide professional leadership, vision, and day-to-day operational management.
* Situated on one hundred acres on Woods Pond in southern Maine, Kingswood is a co-ed camp providing Jewish youth an unforgettable, fun summer where they experience the magic of camp.
* Campers develop their own independence, self-confidence, individual and team abilities while creating and nurturing lifelong friendships and strengthen their Jewish identities.
* Kingswood campers and staff create a fun, positive and diverse community where Jewish values and exciting activities in sports, outdoor/adventure, water sports and visual/performing arts are the core of the program.
* The recent history of growth and retention in both the number of returning campers and staff have allowed us to increase our leadership team with this additional position.
* Position Description:
* The Director is responsible for camper recruitment, program development and implementation, hiring and supervising staff, building a vibrant Jewish community at camp for campers and staff, budget development and management, facility oversight, and planning for improvements and growth_._
* The Director is responsible for guiding Kingswood to the highest standards of excellence that will enable the camp to fulfill the JCC's mission:
* The mission of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston is to advance the aspirations of families and individuals to enrich their lives, bodies and spirits by providing the best in contemporary programs and experiences, informed by Jewish values, for today's Jews and the people in their lives

What Does A Camp Director Do At The New York Foundling

* Work with Camp Felix admin prior to the start of camp to ensure appropriate staff recruitment.
* Assist with program planning and scheduling prior to camp start.
* Assist with camper application/recruitment process prior to camp start to ensure that all camper applications are submitted in a timely fashion.
* Assist with updating staff manual prior to start of staff training.
* Co-facilitate/lead staff training prior to start of camp including additional training for Food Service Staff.
* Assist with ordering supplies for camp; ensure that all necessary supplies/items are ready for camp start.
* Assist with oversight of the transportation of supplies to/from camp; ensure that all supplies have been received and are stored appropriately.
* Review all camper applications, allergy and alert lists and medication lists.
* Implement the approved health and safety plan in accordance with Health Department regulations.
* Facilitate all site visits by the Health Department and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
* Oversee food service operation including all food deliveries; ensure that all SFSP paperwork is being completed in a timely and appropriate manner.
* Provide direct supervision to Assistant Director, A&C; Director, Athletic Director, Health Director and Aquatics Director and Food Services Manager

What Does A Camp Director Do At Cornell Cooperative Extension

* Develop and coordinate Primitive Pursuits camp programs and activities for a safe, engaging, high quality summer program
* Provide organizational and programmatic support as necessary
* Oversee hiring and training of all summer camp staff
* Maintain fiscal records for summer camp program, including summer budget and fundraising efforts
* Assist Health Director in assuring that Health Department Guidelines are met
* Oversee the follow-through of any correspondence necessary related to camp functions and activities. i.e. summer staff contracts, permits,etc.
* Oversee camp recruitment and registration
* Oversee designation of camper placement within groups
* Address crisis management, discipline and troubleshooting issues related to campers and/or staff.
* Assist in determining supply and equipment needs and in ordering/purchasing
* Support and supervise instructors in organizing, implementing, decision-making and trouble-shooting
* Maintain a positive team atmosphere that includes campers, families,camp based and office based staff, and volunteers
* Schedule, supervise and evaluate program staff, including Lead Instructors, Instructors, CITs and volunteers, providing support and disciplinary measures when necessary

What Does A Camp Director Do At Easter Seals

* Program Management
* Communicates the mission and vision of the program to the staff and community
* Provides program direction and planning
* Assures that certified program staff (archery, lifeguards, etc.) is in place as needed
* Coordinates and assures overall customer service standards
* Maintains professional certifications, affiliations, and accreditation standards
* Ensures submission of service line reports (participant demographic statistics)
* Monitors risk management plan and emergency procedures
* People Management
* Recruits, trains, supervises, disciplines, and evaluates paid staff and volunteers
* Administers and monitors volunteer recognition, assignment, and communication efforts
* Evaluates and improves program through camper and in-house program evaluation systems
* Maintains contact with parents, caregivers, professionals, and other interested parties
* Fosters positive working environments for staff/volunteers
* Works cooperatively with supervisor and ESW peers
* Financial Management
* Helps to prepare Department 500’s (Camp and Recreation) annual budget
* Makes program and staffing adjustments according to budget information to meet or exceed budget goals
* Oversees decisions related to the purchase and ordering of pertinent program supplies
* Monitors program utilization goals and makes plans to improve underutilization patterns
* Ensures timely submission of payroll and related documents
* Participates in the accurate billing of all camp related funding sources
* Proposes necessary capital expenditures
* Other
* Markets services year-round to ensure proper levels of community program awareness
* Participates and assists in designated fundraising events and other agency activities
* Responsibilities and duties listed are not intended to be all inclusive, but are descriptive of the typical tasks performed – may be assigned duties other than those relating solely to camp and respite

What Does A Camp Director Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Organize, supervise and implement safe, fun high ropes, teams, climbing tower programs.
* Display good leadership skills.
* Have a current facilitator ropes course certification by the camp's high ropes vendor of choice or equivalent.
* Maintain high levels of safety and enforce strict safety rules at all ropes courses.
* Carry out check-in and check-out procedures for ropes program areas.
* Responsible for overall safety checks, cleanliness and upkeep and care of ropes equipment and shed.
* Responsible for security of ropes courses.
* Inform Camp Director/Program Director of any malfunctioning/broken equipment.
* Share OD responsibilities.
* Assist with over-all supervision of the counselors.
* Assist with the over-all functions of the camp daily schedule.
* Maintain and organize ropes sheds and equipment.
* Serve as a positive role model for staff and campers set example of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility..
* Provide leadership to staff training.
* Lead and implement evening activities with other management team members.
* Serve on management team, supervise counselors and share OD responsibility.
* Serve as a support and mentor to counselors.
* Assist in running and organization of morning breakfast meetings.
* Maintain high levels of safety standards and enforce all rules for campers and staff.
* Maintain a positive attitude.
* Deal with any staff management issues promptly.
* You are expected to not ask your staff do to anything that you would not do yourself.
* Assist in conducting mid-summer and end summer evaluations for counselors
* Supports the commitment of the YMCA to child abuse prevention by:
* Report any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor.
* Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children.
* Report any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
* Complete all child abuse prevention training as required

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How To Become A Camp Director

Education and training requirements for recreation workers vary with the type of job, but workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent and receive on-the-job training.

Education and Training

Recreation workers typically need at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. Many receive on-the-job training that typically lasts less than a month.

Entry-level educational requirements vary with the type of position. For example, an activity leader position working with the elderly will have different requirements than a position as a summer camp counselor working with children.

Some positions may require a bachelor’s degree or college coursework. In 2014, the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, a branch of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), accredited 80 bachelor’s degree programs in recreation or leisure studies. A bachelor’s degree in other subjects, such as liberal arts or public administration, may also qualify applicants for some positions.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Recreation workers must be able to communicate well. They often work with large groups of people and need to give clear instructions, motivate participants, and maintain order and safety.

Flexibility. Recreation workers must be flexible when planning activities. They must be able to adapt plans to suit changing environmental conditions and participants’ needs.

Leadership skills. Recreation workers should be able to lead both large and small groups. They often lead activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Physical strength. Recreation workers need to be physically fit. Their job may require a considerable amount of movement because they often demonstrate activities while explaining them.

Problem-solving skills. Recreation workers need strong problem-solving skills. They must be able to create and reinvent activities and programs for all types of participants.

For recreation workers who generally work part time, such as camp counselors and activity specialists, certain qualities may be more important than education. These qualities include a worker’s experience leading activities, the ability to work well with children or the elderly, and the ability to ensure the safety of participants.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The NRPA offers four certifications for recreation workers:

  • Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
  • Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI)

Applicants may qualify for certification with different combinations of education and work experience. They also must take continuing education classes to maintain their certification.

The American Camp Association offers four certificates for various levels of camp staff, from Entry-Level Staff Certificate to Camp Director Certificate. Individuals who complete online courses may show their advanced level of knowledge of core competencies.

Some recreation jobs require other kinds of certification. For example, a lifesaving certificate is often required for teaching or coaching water-related activities. These certifications are available from organizations such as the YMCA or the American Red Cross. Specific requirements vary by job and employer.


As workers gain experience, they may be promoted to positions with greater responsibilities. Recreation workers with experience and managerial skills may advance to supervisory or managerial positions. Eventually, they may become directors of a recreation department or may start their own recreation company.

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Hebrew

  • Portuguese

  • Hindi

  • Chinese

  • Swahili

  • Swedish

  • Vietnamese

  • Konkani

  • Korean

  • Hungarian

  • Armenian

  • Urdu

  • Thai

  • Cantonese

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Real Camp Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Camp Director Chateaugay Lake Camp Inc. NY May 22, 2014 $126,866
Camp Director Camp Chateaugay NY Jan 02, 2010 $125,000
Camp Director New Jersey YM-YWHA Camps Fairfield, NJ May 05, 2011 $90,000
Camp Director Chateaugay Lake Camp Inc. NY Jan 12, 2012 $87,651 -
Instructor of Geology/Field Camp Director University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK Jan 01, 2016 $75,925
Instructor of Geology/Field Camp Director University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK Jan 01, 2013 $70,000
Camp Director (Budgeting & Facilities) Tioga Valley Inc. Thompson, PA Oct 01, 2014 $59,259
Camp Director (Budgeting & Facilities) Tioga Valley Inc. Thompson, NY Oct 01, 2011 $59,259
Camp Director (Budgeting & Facilities) Tioga Valley Inc. Thompson, PA Oct 01, 2011 $59,259
Camp Director (Director of Programs) Diabetic Youth Foundation Concord, CA Dec 01, 2010 $58,552 -
Camp Director Camp Hazen YMCA Chester, CT Dec 15, 2011 $56,000
Program and Camp Director Ny Tennis at Mill Pond, LLC New York, NY Apr 04, 2016 $50,000
Camp Director New Jersey YM-YWHA Camps Fairfield, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $50,000
Program and Camp Director Gotham City Tennis, LLC New York, NY Aug 31, 2013 $50,000
After School and Camp Director YMCA of Greater Bergen County Hackensack, NJ Sep 05, 2014 $45,000
Director, Specialty Camps New Jersey YM-YWHA Camps Fairfield, NJ Mar 03, 2010 $44,910
Camp Director Camp Sloane Incorporated Lakeville, CT Aug 23, 2015 $42,000
Camp Director Camp Hazen YMCA, Inc. Chester, CT Dec 10, 2010 $41,921
Camp Director Camp Sloane Young Men's Christian Association, Inc. Lakeville, CT Sep 10, 2014 $41,246
Camp Director The Gill St. Bernard School Peapack and Gladstone, NJ Mar 15, 2011 $40,000 -
Camp Director The Gill St. Bernard's School Peapack and Gladstone, NJ Sep 15, 2011 $40,000 -
Director, Total Specialty Camps New Jersey YM-YWHA Camps Fairfield, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $40,000
Boys Camp Director YMCA of Greater Boston Overnight Camps NH Jan 06, 2016 $39,000

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Top Camp Director Skills

  1. Summer Camps
  2. Counselors
  3. Ensure Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as the Day Camp Director, and assumed the responsibility of planning all holiday camps and summer camps.
  • Supervised and managed 2 assistant directors and 18 counselors.
  • Enforce rules and regulations of recreational facilities to maintain discipline and ensure safety.
  • Developed curriculum and training materials for troops throughout the Minneapolis area.
  • Oversee the daily operation of the camp including program, business, camper and staff supervision.

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