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Camp Name: YMCA Camp Benson

Camp Location: Mt. Carroll, IL

Camp Description: YMCA Camp Benson is part of a camping heritage that goes back to 1928. Nestled on the banks of the Waukarusa River, since moving from Sterling, IL to Mount Carroll in 1957, Camp Benson has offered summer camp experiences rich in fun, friendships, learning and adventure. A traditional summer camp for both boys and girls, campers range in age from 5 to 17. While Camp Benson's facilities and location are terrific, we believe that it’s our camp counselors that make the summer experience truly special. At YCB you will find a tremendous concentration of “great campers” and “great role-models” that provide a wonderfully inclusive environment for your child. We have so many first-time camp families in large part because of the emphasis we place on training campers to be become staff through the Student Development Program. It is the mission of YMCA Camp Benson to provide a safe, fun, magical and educational experiences for our campers through the demonstration of the four core values.; caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility and by practicing a camper first philosophy. Sending a child to camp is an act of great faith by parents. As directors, we take that responsibility very seriously. We strive to maintain an environment that both encourages personal growth and creates an unforgettable summer experience. The Camp Benson Community is a caring and supporting one, and at the core of everything that takes place at camp.

Sponsoring YMCA: Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA

YMCA Location: Sterling, IL

Job Description and Required Certifications: Camp Description: YMCA Camp Benson, a branch of the Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA, is an adventure-style overnight camp with modern facilities that is perfectly situated on 113 acres along the shores of the Wakarusa River. We are located approximately 90 minutes from Rockford, IL, the Quad Cities, and Madison, WI and only 2 hours from the Chicago suburbs. Camp Benson is an ACA accredited resident camp with 85+ years of camping history, the capacity to serve 180 campers and is surrounded by the breathtaking scenery unique in the state of Illinois. For more information, please visit ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Camp Director provides year-round, full-time, on-site oversight, administration and day-to-day implementation of high quality programming for YMCA Camp Benson including, but not limited to: overnight youth camping, family camping, adventure-based programming, outdoor adventure, leadership development, conference programming, off-season rentals and community events. THE IDEAL APPLICANT: Camp Benson is a place where all staff are very hands on. This position requires a person that is highly organized, possess conflict resolution skills, and demonstrate initiative, and creative thinking. S/he must present a professional image and have excellent written, oral, and presentation skills. The incumbent must be an effective communicator, supervisor, trainer and mentor to all camp staff, campers, and parents. S/he must have the ability to make sound judgments and decisions in a calm manner. Must recognize and respect sensitive information and utilize confidentiality accordingly. S/he must be able to work various days during the week including evenings, weekends, and overnights. S/he must have excellent knowledge of policies, procedures, activities, programs and children as they relate to camping and have a willingness to live onsite. Education / Experience Required: • Minimum 18 years of age • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred • Minimum 1 year of summer program management • Minimum 3 years of supervisory experience is required including the ability to recruit, train, motivate and supervise staff as well as the ability to work with committees • Possess extensive knowledge of camp programming: adventure sports, arts, challenge course, swimming, literacy, outdoor living, cabin life, evening programs, outdoor education and special events.

Salary Information: $24,000-$26,000 annually. Additional Compensation Details: The Sterling-Rock Falls YMCA rewards dedicated employees by offering an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance, retirement options, a generous time off package and professional development opportunities. This position includes year round, onsite housing in a completely remodeled studio apartment in our lodge as a condition of employment. Room and Board Provided: Yes

Room and Board Provided: Yes

How to Apply: Email Cover letter and Resumes to: Cory Harrison, Executive Director

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Apply By Phone: 815-244-8722

Contact: Cory Harrison

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