Overnight Summer Camp - Specialist

Barker, NY 14012, USA ‚óŹ Gainesville, NY 14066, USA Req #11569
Wednesday, March 13, 2024

YMCA Buffalo Niagara operates two premier summer overnight camps in Western New York.

YMCA Camp Kenan (CampKenan.com) overlooks beautiful Lake Ontario on 50 acres near Barker, NY.

YMCA Camp Weona (CampWeona.com) is nestled among 800 acres of hills and forests in Gainesville, NY.  

When applying for this job, you will be asked to select the resident camp you would prefer to work at.

Camp activities include swimming, archery, low & high ropes challenges, climbing wall, gaga ball, arts & crats, nature, science, and more.

The Y is looking for talented individuals with a passion for the YMCA’s mission and cause, an understanding of YMCA programs and services, and whose everyday values reflect the core YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara is an equal opportunity employer committed to valuing diversity and practicing inclusion.


The specialist will plan and implement a specialized program activity within the camp program. Areas of specialty may include Archery, Art, High/Low Ropes, Rock Wall Climbing, Sports, and STEM. 



This is a residential position where food and lodging are provided during hours of work. The work week follows the camper session which begins each Sunday and ends on Saturday with a 24 hour break in-between. Dates of employment include a week of training starting June 23, 2024, 7 weeks of program, and concludes on August 17, 2024. 



Complimentary YMCA Buffalo Niagara Membership, discounted program fees, paid sick leave, training and leadership development opportunities, and an outstanding work environment. 



  1. Develops a daily schedule of activities relating to the specialty program allowing for flexibility and progression.
  2. Provides supervisor with weekly program plans, materials list and objectives to be accomplished.
  3. Assists in camp training to demonstrate program activities in relation to camp themes.
  4. Ensures effective communication with staff and parents of campers.
  5. Develops and maintains positive, open communication between campers and camp staff.
  6. Responsible for the setup and breakdown of specialty area, and for the maintenance and control of supplies and equipment.
  7. Submits a complete report at the end of summer that consists of: inventory of equipment, program narrative, staff evaluation and future recommendations for improvement.
  8. Attends staff meetings, training sessions, overnights, and field trips as scheduled.
  9. Maintains the work rules and regulations as stated by YMCA Buffalo Niagara and the NYS Health Department.
  10. Ensures PPE compliance.
  11. Maintains the cleanliness and organization of program/work areas.
  12. Implements emergency procedures when necessary.
  13. Completes additional duties as assigned.


  1. Must have one or more years of experience in camping, group work, recreation or a related field.
  2. Must have experience and meet all the necessary qualifications/certifications related to the specialty program as required by YMCA Buffalo Niagara and regulatory agencies.
  3. Must be at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate.

Daily pay rate:  $63 - $67

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Job Start Date Sunday, June 23, 2024