Summer Day Camp Counselor – Seasonal – 40hr/wk

City of Boynton Beach, FL
March 10, 2023
Boynton Beach, FL
Job Type


Purpose of Classification This job classification is responsible for leading, instructing and supervising children in recreational activities, sports, arts & crafts, special events and field trips during the eight week summer camp program. Work schedule is typically 40 hours per week.

Summer Camp Dates: Monday, June 5th, 2023 - Friday, July 28th, 2023
This position requires a New Hire Orientation on Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 followed by training through Friday, June 2nd, 2023.

Summer Camp Locations/Shifts:

Sims Center: 225 Northwest 12th Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Camp hours - Monday - Friday - 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Shift times: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM / 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Hester Center: 1901 North Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Camp hours - Monday - Friday - 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Shift times: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM / 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

***Summer Day Camp Counselors work 40 hours per week***

Essential Functions
The following duties and functions, as outlined herein, are intended to be representative of the type of tasks performed within this classification. They are not listed in any order of importance. The omission of specific statements of the duties or functions does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

Participates in orientation training. Becomes familiar with and implements camp policies, procedures, and philosophy as stated in the Summer Camp Staff Manual, and learns the role of the camp counselor.

Organizes and sets up programs and activities; submits activity plans; gathers materials, supplies and equipment for use in implementing plans; and supervises recreation activities.

Resolves differences that may arise during play.

Assists at all camp check-ins and check-outs with assigned roles and responsibilities.
Participates in all activities with campers. Encourages and facilitates camper's participation in all activities by implementing appropriate strategies, such as visual structure and reinforcements.

Implements behavior management strategies according to the guidelines stated in the Summer Camp Staff Manual. Discusses these strategies with supervisory staff.

Greets the public; answers questions about registered participants from parents; meets parents/care providers daily or as needed and discusses the camper's week with them.

Assures that all of the camper's belongings are returned to guardians.

Opens and closes the recreation building; checks buildings; reports any maintenance problems; and maintains order in the building.

Complies with established policies, procedures, and regulations of the Recreation and Parks Department, the City, and Department of HRS.

Maintains the cleanliness of all areas of camp utilized by campers and camp staff. Completes assigned cleaning jobs. Stores supplies appropriately after use.

Upon exiting bus, completes an inspection to ensure all passengers have exited the bus.

Takes periodic head counts and performs a roll call of camper names throughout the day and during transitions to different activities or locations.

Performs all other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or valid equivalent; and
  • Six (6) months previous experience working and/or volunteering with children in a summer, day camp, and/or child care setting; and
  • Must possess valid CPR/First Aid Certification prior to date of hire and must maintain the certification thereafter.


Minimum Qualifications for education and experience must be met before consideration of the following Preferred Qualifications:

  • One (1) year of experience in Recreation or related field.
  • Must possess (or able to obtain within fourteen (14) days of hire) and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.


Effectively communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, contractors, engineers, companies, vendors, outside agencies, the public, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.

Accurately and expeditiously receives and delivers messages and information to the appropriate individuals.

Ability to prepare accurate and thorough written records and reports.

Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to complete assigned tasks with minimal supervisory direction.

Ability to understand and quickly and accurately follow brief oral and written instructions on moderately complex matters.


  • Knowledge and understanding of how to lead and/or participate in all aspects of camp activities.
  • Knowledge of behavior-management techniques.
  • Knowledge of safety regulations and emergency procedures.
  • Knowledge of the child developmental process and needs of youth.
  • Knowledge of group management techniques.
  • Knowledge of the limited abilities of youth as it relates to their ability to participate in recreational activities.
  • Knowledge of environmental factors that could have a negative affect on campers, such as bad weather, water hazards, poison ivy and wild animals.
  • Ability to plan and coordinate weekly schedule of activities for youth.
  • Ability to interpret and appropriately apply health and safety regulations to those youth participating in the day camp.
  • Ability to observe each camper daily and check for cuts, bruises, skin rashes, or other indications of illness or injury.
  • Ability to help the campers with daily self-maintenance tasks.
  • Ability to serve as a positive role model for campers, including attitude, punctuality, treating others with respect, sportsmanship, etc.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with camp participants, parents of campers, other camp employees and volunteers.
  • Ability to offer guidance in-group and camp-wide activities.
  • Ability to work as part of a team to ensure that all camper's needs are met in a fair and appropriate way.
  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, and initiate necessary action.
  • Ability to remain calm and act resourcefully in an emergency and in stressful situations.
  • Ability to recognize and respond to opportunities for group problem solving.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to keep camp supplies and equipment in good shape
  • Ability to work with a variety of age and skill levels.
  • Ability to ensure proper supervision is maintained at all times.


Physical Ability : Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (20 pounds).

Sensory Requirements : Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate visual cues or signals. Tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors : Essential functions are regularly performed indoors and outdoors, with possible exposure to adverse environmental conditions. When working outdoors, may be exposed to a variety of environmental conditions, including high temperatures, humidity, moisture, odors, insects, and distracting noises.

The City of Boynton Beach, Florida, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S. C. 12101 et. seq.), the City of Boynton Beach will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

A review of this position has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements are subject to possible modifications to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat of significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. Requirements are representative of the minimum level of knowledge, skills, and ability.


Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of such servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in the City's hiring process. Additionally, certain servicemembers may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements in employment by the City.

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