Job Listing

Return to Jobs Listing Page.

Specialty Camp Counselor - Camp Lincoln

Southern District YMCA

The Southern District YMCA has a long history of providing many communities throughout Southern New Hampshire with outstanding programs and services for youth. The Y’s Camp Lincoln is a traditional summer camp and outdoor education facility offering over 1500 campers the opportunity to engage in healthy activities. More than 750 children are enrolled in 15 before and after school sites through the Y’s child care programs. And just over two years ago, the Y opened the Exeter Area YMCA, a 33,000-square-foot multi-generational health and wellness center, which has seen membership growth that exceeds expectations. The Southern District YMCA is also currently exploring Phase 2 of a capital campaign to add a new aquatics facility to its Exeter location. The YMCA is currently seeking a new leader who will provide strong support for all aspects of the Y’s operations and strategic initiatives.

Mission Statement: Southern District YMCA (SDYMCA) provides opportunities for youth
development, healthy living and social responsibility in our southern New Hampshire community.
We achieve this by putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy
spirit, mind and body for all – regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, ability, religion or

Service Area & Demographics: SDYMCA serves the NH towns of Brentwood, Danville, East
Kingston, Exeter, Fremont, Hampstead, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, Newton,
North Hampton, Plaistow, Raymond, Seabrook, and Stratham.

History: In 1926, YMCA Camp Lincoln began as a summer camp on Kingston Lake. Today,
summers are full of 1,500 campers aged 3-15 and a robust counselor-in-training program for 14-
15-year old’s. Year-round activities at Camp Lincoln include outdoor education, team-building
programs and weekend rentals serving an additional 11,000 people. YMCA School Age Child Care
operates 15 before and after school programs meeting HEPA standards and state licensing
requirements for 750 students. Exeter Area YMCA opened its doors in September 2015 to an
eager community. The 33,000 square feet facility serves over 6,300 members, averaging 400

Effectively lead and participate in the Camp Lincoln community.  Specialty Camp Counselor are models of leadership who lead by example, follow the staff pledge and live in accordance with the Core Values – Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.


Core Competencies: 

  • Mission, Values & Understands and models The Y’s mission and values:

Develops and embraces a shared vision

Focus on creating positive social & community change through the development of meaningful programs and services

Models the mission and values of The Y in all written and verbal interactions with peers, co-workers, staff, members and the community

  • Relationship Building:

Deliberate in establishing positive relationships with internal and external members and partners

Connect relationship building to all that you do at The Y

Makes members and community needs paramount and does everything in his/her power to engage and partner with members and community to exceed expectations

Create a team atmosphere by identifying common goals, sharing information encouraging cooperation and keeping others informed of decisions impacting others

Makes member and community needs paramount and does everything in his/her power to engage and partner with members and community to exceed expectations

  • Professional Approach and Positive Outlook:

Applies positive “can-do” approach to work, accepts full responsibility for own actions and responds openly and appropriately to people of different backgrounds

Uses a variety of clear and consistent communication methods to keep all informed and responds to internal and external requests in a timely and appropriate fashion

Responds openly & appropriately to people of different backgrounds & abilities

Foster a healthy, safe work environment

Ability to see the “big picture”, long term focus in decision making

Responds in a timely & appropriate fashion to camper, parent, co-worker and supervisor requests

  • Leadership:

Motivates others to achieve results and provides clear and timely direction to others

Takes initiative, maximizes productivity, is proactive on the job and consistently leads efforts to positive results.

Provide staff, co-workers and volunteers with feedback, coaching, guidance and support.

Encourages, supports and models curiosity, creativity, innovation and calculated risk-taking of others.

Models healthy behaviors

Values other people regardless of differences and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion and cultural competence

When appropriate, assists co-staff members in constructing development plans to enhance their capabilities & eliminate performance deficiencies

When appropriate, identifies & delegates tasks to co-staff members constructively and specifically for the purposes of building their skills.


Key Result Areas:

    PROFESSIONALISM (35%) Represent ones-self and Camp Lincoln positively at camp and in the community.  Remain confidential and mature when handling all aspects of camp.  Exercise tolerance and acceptance of everyone.  Model respect toward everyone and organize time effectively.  
    SAFETY / HEALTH CONSCIOUS (35%) While modeling safe behavior and sound judgment, keep camp and its property clean and protect the physical safety of all participants.  Understand and follow all camp rules and standards.
    TEAM PLAYER (30%) Complete service with a smile and positive attitude.  Complete tasks with enthusiasm and seek opportunities to take initiative.  Be prompt and willing to work with others to complete assigned and voluntary tasks. Work with co-counselors to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone and everything.


  Appear every day to be cleanly dressed, well groomed and prompt.
  Maintain confidentiality when shared pertinent information.
  Express yourself in a mature manner that is fun, responsible and appropriate for the age group being served.
  Be tolerant of individual needs by expressing patience, understanding and compassion.
  Lead by example how to respect other people, Camp Lincoln property and other’s property.
  Manage and organize time to gain the best result everyday and through the summer.
  Understand and follow the camp rules and standards.  Effectively teach them to participants and help them understand the importance of safety through understanding.
  At all times, use good judgment and common sense when making decisions and leading groups.
  Model safe behavior on and off-site.
  Protect the physical and mental safety of campers through intervention, adherence, and rule / policy enforcement and understanding.
  Do your part in cleaning camp to limit health concerns and easily identify possible concerns
  Immediately report safety &/or health concerns to Unit Leader.
    TEAM PLAYER (30%)
  Exhibit service with a smile all day, every day.  Even when presented with challenges, meet them with a positive attitude.
  Have a positive attitude and lead with it.
  Complete assigned tasks with enthusiasm, gusto and pride.
  Acknowledge differences and work with fellow staff members to embrace diversity.
  Be prompt to all aspect of camp.

Job Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Successfully embrace Camp Lincoln’s spirit.
  • Follow the Core Values – Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
  • Obtain New Staff Orientation within 30 days of hire, including child abuse prevention and blood-borne pathogen training.
  • Agree to be fingerprinted for FBI and state criminal background checks
  • Maintain updated certifications of the job (CPR and First Aid/AED)
  • Must sign Voluntary Disclosure statement
  • Must sign and demonstrate the Southern District YMCA Code of Conduct
  • Must sign and abide by The Y’s Personnel Policy
  • Must be at least 16 years old before starting.
  • Be eager and willing to work with campers 5 – 15 years old.
  • Effectively communicate needs to appropriate supervisors.

ADA Specifications & Essential Functions:

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Essential Functions
  Ability to work hands-on with children and staff
  Ability to observe participant behavior, assess appropriateness, enforce safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques
  Ability to transport self to camp on a regular basis                


Southern District YMCA is an Equal Opportunities employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of SDYMCA to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetic information.                   


Specialty Camp Counselors are able to take advantage of opportunities that safely enrich the lives of their campers while on-site and off-site.  They are specifically responsible for a group of campers and making sure they are gaining an experience that is enriching and in line with program goals and expectations.  Specialty Camp Counselors are responsible for working with their Unite Leader to acquire necessary supplies and maintaining an appropriate inventory of supplies for successful program delivery.  If going off-site, Specialty Camp Counselor are responsible for maintaining their vehicles with an appropriate level of understanding and communicating quickly any issues that may develop and follow-through to make sure safety is priority.
Specialty Camp Counselors seek every opportunity to create a safe community that is free of bullying and ridicule.  Camp is a place for personal growth, leadership development and community enhancement for all participants.  Every camper’s self-confidence is enhanced because of the leadership and example set by their counselor through games, fair dispute resolution, consistent expectations, friendship building and positive reinforcement.

Salary Range:


Job Location:


Date Added: February 13, 2020

Signup for the Nonprofit Notes newsletter

Stay up to date on nonprofit news, funding deadlines, job opportunities, and more with the Nonprofit Notes newsletter.


Go to top