Seasonal Assistant Camp Director

Camp Wakonda is part of the Ozarks Regional YMCA located in the beautiful Ozarks of Southern Missourinly 13 miles from Springfield, MO.

Sponsoring YMCA

Ozarks Regional YMCA


Springfield, MO 65806-2387

Camp Information

Camp Wakonda
22237 Lawrence 2080
Ash Grove, MO 65604

Camp Description

Camp Wakonda facilitates rentals, summer residential camps for second graders through high school seniors, and a growing outdoor education program that serves 350 students from Springfield Public Schools. It serves over 500 youth campers each summer from Missouri and surrounding states. The camp was originally founded in 1914 on the banks of the White River. Between 1952 and 1953, camp moved to its present location on the banks of Goose Creek just southwest of Halltown, MO. Camp Wakonda’s 100 acres of woodlands, fields and streams are home to multitude of wildlife including deer, turkeys, owls, hawks, squirrels, and woodchucks. A climbing tower, high & low ropes courses, archery & rifle ranges, arts & crafts, nature center and pool offer campers opportunities to try new skills. Lifelong friendships are created and growth in self-confidence and self-esteem develops a sense of newfound independence. Historic dining and recreation halls and a new solar bath and shower house round out the facilities and offer campers the creature comforts of camp. A new lake was completed in 2016 providing campers the opportunity to participate in canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Campers also enjoy swimming, a water trampoline, the blob, and a giant Slip-n-Slide.

Job Description

The Seasonal Assistant Camp Director works directly with the Camp Executive to deliver and ensure program satisfaction at Camp Wakonda through the direct supervision of the Seasonal Village Directors, as well as assisting in the oversight of program staff including counselors, program specialists and village directors. This person will also fill in as Camp Director in the event of the Executive Director’s absence.



  • Proven ability to deal effectively with people at all levels of responsibility and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative, be flexible, use sound judgment, and work harmoniously with others.
  • Ability to lead, plan, organize, and implement program activities.
  • Good skills in communication, organization, and human relations.
  • Willingness to work with diverse populations
  • Lead and participate in recreational activities which may include running, throwing, and kicking.


  • Camp or Day Camp Counselling experience
  • Requires successful participation in planning & completion of staff trainings prior to beginning camp
  • At least 21 years of age with two years of college preferred
  • Certifications required within 30 days of hire: American Red Cross CPR and First Aid


  • Safety-sensitive position: Apply appropriate safety and emergency procedures.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to weather and program activities.
  • Physical ability to respond to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of staff.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Endurance including: prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching: requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, camp setting and work irregular hours with limited or simple equipment and facilities; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, insect and animals.

Essential Functions

  • Provide premier service to all children and families involved in programs and meet children’s needs through stimulated learning in all developmental areas.
  • Responsible for planning, leading, and implementing all-camp special events as well as assisting the village director’s implementation of other activities to meet intended camp outcomes.
  • Apply basic youth development principles in working with staff through communication, relationship development, and respect for diversity, involvement and empowerment of youth.
  • Taking both the Executive Director’s and staff’s input to develop and implement program activities for campers within the mission and outcomes of Camp Wakonda.
  • Responsible for scheduling and supporting progressive daily skill clinics.
  • Provide for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
  • Schedule staff in program areas, cabin activities and evening programs.
  • Assure campers are properly supervised at all times and maintain responsibility for all aspects of safety and risk reduction in all programs and ensure children’s health and safety.
  • Support all staff to maintain personal health and job performance. Discuss with camp health nurse and/or camp director when appropriate.
  • Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care, and maintenance is adhered to; report repairs needed to camp director and maintenance director using proper procedures.
  • Is the first point of contact for staff to voice questions or concerns to and ensuring each participant’s safety and enjoyment are attained in child development by promoting and role modeling a healthy and safe environment
  • Display role model level of integrity to staff and campers in their attitude and behavior.
  • Follow and uphold all safety and security rules and procedures.
  • Provide the example to staff, campers and others in regard to general camp procedures and practices.
  • Contribute to verbal and written evaluations and communication as requested.
  • Participate as a member of the camp leadership team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.
  • Act as the Camp Director on Duty in the absence of the Camp Executive Director.
  • Assist in the scheduling and delivery of camps two-week staff training.
  • Assist with check-in and check-out including staff meeting and clean up.
  • Assist with weekly camper clinic scheduling.
  • Organize, lead and participate in opening and closing campfires.
  • Direct supervision of Seasonal Village Directors, and oversight of all camp program staff including but not limited to cabin counselors, program specialists, interns.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

  • Mission Advancement
  • Collaboration
  • Operational Effectiveness
  • Personal Growth


$450.00 - $550.00

Other Compensation

This amount is Per Week Plus Room and Board.

Room and board provided


How to Apply

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Resumes Accepted Until

April 1, 2021

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