Residential Camp Counselor

Working at YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee is more than having a fun summer job in the great outdoors!

Sponsoring YMCA

Camp Chalakee Branch YMCA


Guntersville, AL 35976-7706

Camp Information

Camp Cha-La-Kee
4380 Cha-La-Kee Road
Guntersville, AL 35976

Job Description

YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee Camp Counselors livein the cabin with campers ages 7 to 14 (5 to 12 for mini-camp) and provide care for camper physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. Camp Counselors are also responsible for providing a fun and enjoyable experience for campers and leadingcamp activities.



  • Willingness to carry out the mission of the YMCA and its programs.
  • Ability to see that all business and safety records and procedures set up by the corporation are completed accurately within the defined time schedule.
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain all personal certifications needed to serve in this position.
  • Ability to interpret, as well as, adapt and apply guidelines and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and utilize initiative, ability to be organized and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.
  • Ability to learn and utilize other software programs.
  • Work to continue personal competency through education, outside literature, seminars, etc.


  • Demonstrated record of individual development.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Child Abuse Training prior to the supervision of children.
  • Be certified in First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding (in-house training available).
  • Have specific land and water activities skills as needed for program type.


  • Able to work as a team leader and builder/member.
  • Has a leadership presence in all situations.
  • Able to work with diverse populations.
  • Professional appearance and behavior.
  • Able to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Able to research, analyze and solve problems.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Adhere to drug free/tobacco free workplace policy.
  • Desire to work in a YMCA setting in accordance with the YMCA mission.

Essential Functions


This position requires the individual to perform a broad range of activities and duties needing full range of motion, including manual and finger dexterity and hand and eye coordination. The position requires corrected vision, speech and hearing to normal range, or special accommodations made of sufficient nature for completion of assigned tasks. Requires seated work at a desk, including use of a computer, and the ability to lift 50 pounds, bend, stand, and walk for extended periods of time. The position also requires the ability to drive and occasionally requires working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours.


Work involves living in cabin with co-counselors and campers, as well as, moving smoothly and swiftly over rough and rugged terrain daily in all weather conditions.


  • Communicate and promote the YMCA mission, goals and objectives to employees, volunteers and the community at large.
  • Promote a safe and positive atmosphere during scheduled working hours.
  • Identifies and resolves problem areas to ensure member/camper satisfaction and maintain the highest quality of programs and services.
  • Enhance the physical and emotional well-being of each camper.
  • Supervise campers at all times.
  • Inform Supervisor of any incident with staff or campers.
  • Provide guidance and structure based on Camp Cha-La-Kee policy.
  • Lead a cabin chat (devotion) every night.
  • Ensure campers attend all camp functions on time.
  • Facilitate all camp activities as needed.
  • Responsible for any other duties as assigned by the Camp Director.

Room and board provided


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