Summer Camp

Let’s Work Together!

Y Summer Camps provide kids a safe and stimulating environment during the summer where they can develop skills, have fun, and build positive relationships with peers and adults. Our Summer Camp Counselors foster this by providing creative, age-appropriate, and safe activities that promote social, physical, intellectual, and emotional growth – all through recreational play and hands-on activities. 

Summer camp programs are offered between late-June and mid-August. The Y offers a variety of camp options including Y Adventure Camp at Rock Point, Camp Koda, and Camp Abnaki. 

To learn more about our Summer Camp opportunities, click on a position below. 

We’re hiring for many positions at camp! All positions are residential and include room & board, except those listed as “commuter.”

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Day Camp Counselor

Total Available Positions: 3Duration: June 16 – August 20Minimum age: 17Prerequisites: Enjoys working with kids Characteristics: Positive enthusiastic attitude, team player, creative, patient, and funDescription: Day campers participate in a modified Camp Abnaki schedule. Counselors are with campers throughout the day, leading activities, providing supervision, facilitating connections, and encouraging fun! Both residential and commuter positions available.

Cabin Counselor

Total Available Positions: 5+Duration: June 16 – August 20Minimum age: 17Prerequisites: Enjoys working with kidsCharacteristics: Great role model, positive enthusiastic attitude, creative, patient, and funDescription: Responsible for a cabin group of 6-10 campers. Cabin Counselors build community, cultivate friendships, help campers navigate daily camp life, and act as positive role models in addition to teaching skill classes.

Health Center Assistant

Total Available Positions: 1Duration: June 9 – August 20Prerequisites: Suitable certifications include EMT, WFR or WFA (Wilderness First Responder or First Aid), LNA, RNCharacteristics: Strong communicator and relationship builder, adept problem solver who stays calm and collected, great role model, flexible Description: Assists the Camp Nurse with operating the camp health center, including general diagnosis and care of camper/staff health and medical concerns, collaboration on decision making process for advanced medical care, communication with camper parents, and medication distribution according to camp policy.  Will also act as a positive role model within our camp community and be an active participant within many of camp’s games and activities.

Trip Director

Duration: June 16 – July 10Minimum age: 21+  Prerequisites: WFA or equivalentCharacteristics: Adaptable, skilled with group dynamics, sound decision maker, and has an eye for safetyDescription: Coordinates, prepares, and leads a group of campers on a safe 4-day, 3-night wilderness backpacking experience in the nearby Adirondack or Green Mountains.  Maintains group morale, facilitates meaningful discussions, stays in tune with participants’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being, and adheres to check-in schedule with main camp.

Food Service Staff

Total Available Positions: 1Duration: June 9 – August 20Minimum age: 17+Prerequisites: Some kitchen experience or a strong interest in learning about preparing large group meals Characteristics: Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, passionate about cooking, comfortable collaborating and working in a team atmosphere, willingness to work hard and take on various kitchen responsibilitiesDescription: Under the direction of the Food Service Director, Food Service Staff are responsible for the preparation of meals for Abnaki campers and staff. Ensure that safe food handling and preparation standards are met, proper disinfection and sanitization practices are utilized, and that meals are prepared in a timely manner. Both residential and commuter positions available.

Property + Maintenance Staff

Total Available Positions: 1Duration: June 9 – August 20Minimum age: 18+Prerequisites: Some cleaning, basic landscaping and general maintenance experience or willingness to learn. Characteristics: Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, comfortable collaborating and working in a team atmosphere, willingness to work hard and take on various responsibilities. Ability to safely operate basic landscaping and maintenance tools.  Description: Property and Maintenance Staff, under the direction of the Property Director, are responsible for maintaining and improving the 90 acre Camp Abnaki property. Tasks vary from day to day, but will include, cleaning, trash and recycling, lawn care, and assisting in the general maintenance of the 50+ buildings. Both residential and commuter positions available.

To apply for any position, please click here for instructions on the Staff Application page.

Important dates to know:

  • Leadership Training runs from June 9th-15th
  • Staff Training runs from June 16th-25th

Additional pay may be given for applicants with certifications in needed areas: Lifeguard, CPR/First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, and Program Instruction (USA Level 1 Archery Instruction, High Ropes Course Training, US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Instruction, etc.)

There are also a limited number of staff positions available during the Spring and Fall group rental season. Contact the camp office for more information.

For questions or to request more information contact our camp office by calling 802-652-8180 or e-mail by clicking here.

To learn more about Camp Abnaki, our YMCA boys camp on Lake Champlain in North Hero, click here.

Join the Y Movement!

Y School Age Programs provide critical growth in a fun environment where we foster positive physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth.

Camp Koda provides children who have complete Kindergarten to age 12, with the opportunity to experience summer in Vermont through building friendships and confidence through hands-on-learning, arts and crafts, physical activities, swimming, field trips, music and drama, and team-building activities.

As a Day Camp Counselor, you’ll focus on the achievement, belonging and relationships of our campers and develop their full potential by providing opportunities to build confidence and learn new skills. In this role, you’ll oversee a group of campers and facilitate activities from free indoor and outdoor play, sports activities, arts and crafts, to mini field trips, and enrichment activities like swimming, archery or yoga.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain visual and auditory supervision of school age participants at all times.
  • Participates actively in all aspects and activities of the camp program including swim and gym.
  • Be an active participant in ongoing staff and professional development meetings and provide innovative ideas to the program.
  • Assist in planning, supervising, organizing, and execution of camp initiatives.
  • Execute programming as support to the Day Camp Director in an effective, relatable and meaningful way.
  • Assist in maintaining an organized and clean space.
  • Responsible for the safety of all participants enrolled in the camp program, including attendance, ongoing head counts of participants and executing emergency procedures, as required or needed.
  • Report concerns to the Day Camp Director (before speaking to parents or guardians).
  • Complete and maintain all necessary professional development requirements of the position.
  • Communicate with a respectful and positive attitude with staff, parents or guardians, participants.
  • Demonstrate leadership qualities for youth through character development, emphasizing evidence-based experiences that promote empathy, relationship building, emotion management, responsibility and personal development, in and out of Y programs.
  • Demonstrate and teach the Y core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility throughout Y programming.
  • Demonstrate a sense of maturity when working with school age participants and sensitive issues.
  • Attend Camp Staff Meetings, as scheduled.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills and a positive attitude with children between the ages of five (5) and fourteen (14).
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent, required.
  • An Associate degree in Education, Child Development, School Age, or another related field such as Sports Recreation, Social Work, Program Administration, Psychology or Sociology, preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrate a strong sense of maturity with the ability to relate to and lead school age children.
  • Provide effective communication both written and orally.
  • Demonstrate positive reinforcement, along with appropriate problem-solving and team building skills.

Camp Koda is currently operating in the following locations: Barre, Fairfax, Georgia, Underhill, and Waterbury

Please send a resume to [email protected] for employment consideration.