Challenge Course Director

Join our team of amazing counselors and staff in our beautiful Berkshires location!

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YMCA Camp Hi-Rock


Mount Washington, MA 01258

Camp Information

YMCA Camp Hi-Rock
544 East Street
Mount Washington, MA 01258

Camp Description

YMCA Camp Hi-Rock is an overnight camp for campers ages 7-16. Nestled among 1,000 acres in the Berkshire Mountains, surrounded by conservation forest, and centered around our pristine, private, ninety-acre lake, YMCA Camp Hi-Rock enjoys a truly magnificent location.

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Camp Director, the Challenge Course Director will assist with the development and implementation of all challenge course activities, maintenance of the course and will oversee staff and campers using the challenge course. The Challenge Course Director will provide a safe and nurturing environment for everyone; will be actively involved in day to day operations and have a positive attitude about all programs.


· Desire and ability to work with and relate to children and one’s peers outdoors.

· Experience and training in high and low ropes instruction and safety/rescue measures, knowledge and experience in facilitating team building games and initiatives.

· Ability to maintain equipment and elements.

· Ability to organize, implement, and supervise classes for various skill levels.

· Ability to communicate, supervise, and work with assigned ages and skill levels and provide necessary instruction.

· Ability to observe camper and staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.

· Physical and mental ability to maintain constant supervision as well as identify and respond to all emergencies or hazards.

· Physical ability to work up to 16 hours per day, spot, belay, carry 50 pounds over rough terrain, and perform rescues as necessary.

· Ability to live in an assigned cabin with a group of campers for the duration of the season.

· At least 21 years old, valid driver’s license, and an acceptable driving record preferred.

· Current First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer (or equivalent) certifications.

· Willingness to accept and provide supervision and guidance.

Essential Functions

· Train, supervise, and evaluate adventure staff, including participation and leadership during staff training.

· Evaluate and maintain records of the skills of all belay technicians and instructors.

· Organize, facilitate, supervise, and evaluate adventure programs for a variety of skill levels utilizing the climbing tower and high/low ropes course elements.

· Correct and document, as necessary, situations that endanger the emotional or physical safety of any person.

· Teach staff and participants proper safety procedures for use of program areas.

· Coordinate and provide opportunities for campers and staff to use program areas during designated time periods.

· Conduct and document daily checks to ensure program areas are clean, safe, and secure upon leaving.

· Submit requests for and document any equipment repairs and keep inventory of all supplies.

· Submit all required paperwork and an End of Season Report on time.

· Create lesson plans and monitor teaching quality of staff assigned to classes.

· Ensure that the program adheres to all applicable state, local, and ACA standards and YMCA policies at all times.

· Provide summer camp unit coverage as assigned

· Demonstrate and teach the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility to all campers and staff.

· Follow all camp rules and regulations and enforce them among peers.

· Maintain positive public relations with parents, visitors, and the general public at all times, representing the YMCA positively to all constituents.

· Respond to and provide opportunities for discussion of individual or group problems or concerns.

· Assist each camper with meeting personal goals and those established by the camp for individual and group development.

· Follow established procedures for supervising camper health and enforcing all safety regulations.

· Plan Cabin Activities with Counselors and campers as appropriate.

· Participate in the camp administrative team, which provides leadership to the summer camp program.

· Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor and/or Executive Director.

· Ensure compliance with all state and local regulations and ACA standards.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

· Critical Thinking & Decision Making:Makes informed decisions based on logic, data, and sound judgment.

· Communication & Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in such a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause.

· Program/Project Management: Ensures program or project goals are met and intended impact occurs.

· Emotional Maturity: Demonstrates ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations.

· Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence.

· Developing Self & Others:Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential.

Required Certifications

Must complete online New Employee Orientation, Child Abuse Prevention, Mandated Reporter, Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communication, and Employee Safety trainings prior to start of position. Must hold and maintain CPR, AED, First Aid, and Oxygen Administration certifications - required for job placement.

Room and board provided


How to Apply

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Apply by Mail to:

Tanya Gaudette
544 East Street
Mount Washington, MA 01258

Resumes Accepted Until

June 30, 2021

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