Day Camp Coordinator (Full-Time/Seasonal)

Season: Up to 20 hours each week in May. Up to 40 hours each week from May 31, 2021 – August 13, 2021
Reports to: Programs Manager
Position Type: Seasonal/Full-Time (Monday – Friday)
Training: Coordinator Training is up to 40 hours in April.

Position Summary: Under the general direction of the Programs Manager, two Day Camp Coordinators are primarily responsible for the administration and execution of quality summer day camp programming for youth ages 6 – 15 years old.  Common Ground offers 2 outdoor camp adventures: Earth Camp and Adventure Camp.  The Day Camp Coordinators’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as a role model for staff; planning and assisting with training, carrying out coaching meetings; managing, planning, and executing programming in alignment with Common Ground Summer Camps Philosophy and Themes; parent and camper engagement; documentation, assessment, and evaluation of all Summer Camp Adventures.  Leadership and/or previous camp experience is preferred, but not required.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assists in pre-camp preparation including camper registration, program planning, staff training prep, paperwork, data entry, phone calls, emails, etc.
  • Assists Programs Manager with being the point of contact for all Camp Families and Parents.
  • Assists with the planning, coordinating and executing camp programming according to the weekly themes and camp philosophy.  
  • Assists with keeping records to support grant writing and reporting through the utilization of multiple software.  For example Registration platform, Google Drive, Microsoft Office.
  • Assists with managing, supervising, developing, mentoring, motivating, and inspiring Summer Camp staff in efforts to provide a healthy camp community to create safe and high-quality Summer Camp Adventures for all involved.  Please review the job description of the Day Camp Counselors and Specialists to gain a better understanding of their role.
  • Empower staff to plan, coordinate, and lead creative programming as well as other camp activities; work to ensure that all these programs are appropriate for the camper’s ages and ability levels.
  • Assists with the overseeing and implementation of effective risk management procedures according to Common Ground Policies and Procedures and industry standards.
  • Actively participates, assists, or leads all-camp activities and assists staff, as needed, with the behavioral, medical, and personal care needs of campers.
  • Assists with documentation to ensure the recording of program plans, written reports, awards, summaries, incident reports, and evaluations of programs and campers.
  • Oversee all program inventory, program equipment, camp supplies, and equipment; ensure materials in each area are in good working order; work with Programs Manager to request and order more supplies if needed.
  • Works with Programs Manager in the execution of Tree Climbing Adventures, High Ropes Adventures, and Zipline Adventures during camp.  

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to collaborate with a partner to make sound decisions, create a plan, and execute it. 
  • Ability to supervise and work with a diverse population of adults and children aged 6-15 years old.  
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing, including preparing reports and evaluations; reading instructions, manuals, and camper information; and facilitate staff meetings.  
  • Practices attentive/active listening gets clarification and has the patience to hear people out.
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; responds well to questions.
  • Capable of working as part of a larger team in terms of staff and the overall organization. Focuses on organizational goals, needs, and outcomes.
  • Contributes to a positive and supportive team culture with differing personalities.
  • Performs a wide variety of tasks and changes focus quickly as demands change.
  • Enthusiastic, kind, sense of humor children can join in on, patient, and can remain calm and collected while facing stressful situations.
  • Self-motivated and willing to step in when there’s a need to be fulfilled within reason.
  • Ability to stand, walk, walk, hike, run, stoop, kneel, crawl, sit, and lay outdoors on our 30 acres of land.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 or so pounds.
  • Risk-conscious: able to make sound decisions regarding the well-being of staff and guests.


  • Desire to work with children ages 6 – 15 years old and supervise staff.
  • Desire to work outdoors in a variety of weather and appreciates a fixed Monday – Friday schedule. Regularly exposed to outdoor weather elements: rain, dry, humid, hot conditions.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must successfully pass the FBI/BCI Background Check.
  • Must successfully complete Summer Camps Training and verification. 

Preferred Qualifications, but not required:

  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with major course work Outdoor Recreation, Kinesiology, Physical Education, Sports Management, Education, Sociology, Psychology, or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Benefits and Perks:

  • COSE Employee Discounts
  • First Aid & CPR Training
  • Discounts on Common Ground Programs and Events