Summer Camp Trip Leader/Coordinator - YMCA

Expected Dates
March 29, 2021 to October 22, 2021
Berkshire Outdoor Center
Position ID
The Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA will be hosting four highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals for the summer as Programs Project Coordinators. At the start of service (April-June), members will primarily serve to provide administrative duties and coordination efforts for serveral programs occurring on a 1500-acre site. Programs include:
  • All-boys and all-girls residential camping programs for youth, ages 7-17
  • Co-ed travel and service leadership programs based from BCCYMCA campuses, and embarking on local day-long and 3-day trips for community service, cultural partnerships, and backcountry navigation
  • Co-ed day camp serving up to 100 campers per day, ages 4-15

Later in their term of service (June-August), the members will continue to provide coordination support across all programs, while also having the opportunity to directly lead projects with youth in our camps and travel programs. This may include:

  • Environmental stewardship education
  • Trail work
  • Community service
  • Local community partnerships with cultural institutions
  • Engaging as a key member as part of a hun, high energy, and well-respected multi-dimensional summer camp.  

During the last months of their service (late August-October), members will continue to help administratively to close out summer programs, while also directly engaging in coordinating and leading group stays by schools and colleges through the outdoor center programming. Outdoor center programming includes both day and overnight multi-day visits by groups to engage in outdoor education and group facilitation. 

This position is a part of SCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps, a 30-week AmeriCorps program focused on leadership development, completing critical conservation service projects, and building a sense of community.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn the hard and soft skills of being a conservation leader, come join this community of like-minded, service oriented individuals and help us tackle some of Massachusetts most pressing conservation issues.
The SCA Massachusetts Conservation Corps is a partnership between SCA, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), AmeriCorps, and The Massachusetts Service Alliance.

Required Member Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Ability to be physically active for long periods of time, including hiking with backpacks and carrying up to 30% of body weight across uneven terrain
  • Interest and investment in direct leadership development and teamwork
  • Interest and ability to take direct roles in the following projects: outdoor and indoor camp programs, environmental stewardship education, trail work, engagement with local community partnerships, and backcountry expeditions from 3 to 7 days in length
  • Ability to enroll in AmeriCorps Education Award Program
  • Ability to pass SCA’s background check

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or prior relevant experience
  • Valid Driver’s License with clean driving record (must be 21 to drive camp vehicles) 
  • Ability to be physically active for long periods of time, including hiking with backpacks and carrying up to 30% of body weight across uneven terrain
  • Prior experience coordinating projects with strong attention to detail
  • Prior experience working with youth in outdoor camping, and travel program settings 

Recommended Qualifications

  • Experience in leading backpacking trips up to 3 days in length with youth
  • Experience engaging youth in a diversity of program activities within a summer camp setting
  • Passion for the outdoors and positively impacting youth in summer camp settings
  • Proficiency in Google Office Suite, Excel, and Word platforms
  • Ability (or ability to learn) to navigate customer relations management platforms

Member Benefits

  • Compensation: $200.00/week living allowance
  • Onsite housing provided
  • AmeriCorps Education Award: $4,336.50 upon successful completion of program
  • Health Insurance option
  • Member Assistance Program 
  • Trainings provided

* This position is not eligible for travel reimbursement to site.*

**This position is part of a specialized SCA AmeriCorps program and if you are selected, you will be serving as an SCA AmeriCorps member. ** 

*** The COVID-19 pandemic has required SCA to implement several safety protocols and policies to help our teams manage the risks associated with the pandemic.  While it is likely these will change slightly before the position starts, please review the documents below for SCA’s updated organizational response plan and participant agreement form to learn more how our teams will be operating in the field. ***

SCA COVID Response Plan

It is our strong belief that equal opportunity for all members is central to the continued success of our programs. We will not discriminate against an applicant because of race, religious creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity characteristics or expressions in selections, terminations and or recommendations. Opportunity is provided to all applicants in the basis of qualifications and program requirements. Upon request, reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants during the selection process and to members during service.

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  • BCCYMCA has three campuses - the Chimney Corners Camp for girls, the Camp Becket camp for boys, and the Becket Day Camp. All three campuses are connected with a trail system on nearly 1500 forested acres with a bog and two lakes. Each campus can hold hundreds of campers and staff, with large dining halls, camper cabins, and staff housing.
  • Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness Advanced First Aid (TBD); Trail Work Skills (TBD); Mandated Reporting; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Risk Mangaement; Camp Counseling; Project Management; Driver Training; Policies and Procedures Training
  • Educational opportunities may include certification courses for waterfront lifeguarding, archery, or other key program areas. Onsite recreational opportunities include hiking trails, lakes, and a surrounding area rich with outdoor and cultural recreation
  • Project Management, Program Delivery, Risk Management 
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Working with Children
some experience