Day Camp Manager

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • 10/8/23
  • Job Type Details: Full Time Exempt

 Job Summary:

Reporting to the Camp Director, the Day Camp Manager is responsible for managing Day Camp and specialized program activities including camper and staff recruitment, planning, implementation, camper and staff supervision and evaluation at Camp Whitcomb/Mason.  The Day Camp Manager supervises a seasonal program team of up to 25 staff during the summer months and full-time year-round AmeriCorps volunteers.

Pay: 50k-60k


BGCGM Culture

  • Demonstrate and communicate the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) philosophy, objectives, standards and programs through all methods available to campers, their parents, staff members, volunteers and the general public.
  • Provide quality program activities that are inclusive, welcoming, in line with program outcomes, respectful and responsive to the diversity of members, families and community.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with funders, administrative staff and Camp leadership team to enhance camp participation and ensure successful business operation.  Assist with Club operations when needed.


  • Implement activities and events on annual camp calendar
  • Provide quality program activities and experiences that promotes GANAS values:  Growing confidence, Accepting Responsibility, Nurturing friendships, Affinity to nature, and Solving problems.
  • Promote and support camper-initiated and camper-lead activities.  Foster an environment that offers choices, incorporates team building and promotes a sense of belonging and group identity for members.
  • Monitor work assigned to staff and volunteers, providing ongoing feedback and regular appraisal.
  • Provide leadership to the volunteer management system in placing and directing volunteers on camp projects

Human Resource Management

  • Schedule interviews, complete reference checks, conduct interviews, and make recommendations to Camp Director for candidate selection.
  • Manages the staff and volunteers according to the practices and policies developed by BGCGM.
  • Manages shift schedules for staff.
  • Hire, train supervise and evaluate counselor staff and year-round AmeriCorps members.   Conduct weekly meetings with staff for timely communication and feedback.
  • Participate in required training by the BGCGM, American Camp Association Standards, County, State and/or funder.
  • Responsible for the compliance of training requirements/regulations of American Camp Association, State Licensing Codes ATCP.78 and DCF.252 including ensuring documentation is completed

 Financial Management and Development

  • Responsible for the implementation of grant programs and submitting data for grant reports.
  • Manage budgets and purchasing for art, nature, petting farm, ABL, garden, archery, Day Camp and camper/staff recruitment in coordination with Camp Director

Managing a Safe and Positive Environment

  • Understand and follow the BGCGM policies and procedures to include but not limited to conduct of member policies, supervision of members policies, employee-to-member policies, member safety policies, child abuse and neglect policies, member health policies, transportation and field trips policies, the club safety/contingency plan, and the procedures for reporting incidents/accidents during program hours.
  • Assure program safety and safety of staff, volunteers, visitors, members and daily operations.  Communicate emergency procedures to all using facility.
  • Ensure proper documentation of accidents and incidents related as trained
  • Develop special programs and projects that highlight environmental education and BGCA Core programs to diverse groups primarily youth ages 6-18 years old.
  • Supervise AmeriCorps members and seasonal, or hourly staff members.
  • Develop a system to train, review, and document skills mastery of Program Staff
  • Responsible for the development and oversight of lifeguards and all pool and waterfront programming
  • Oversee the Day Camp staff and assist with Overnight Camp when applicable

Program Planning and Management

  • Organize, manage, and supervise the daily operations of Day Camp and assist with Overnight Camp.
  • Lead, create, and evaluate Program development and implementation for Day camp.
  • Responsible for assisting with year-round rental group operation and programming.
  • Develop and evaluate lesson plans for summer camp programming
  • Organize weekly supply purchasing for direct service programs
  • Responsible for camper registration system including Camp Brain annual setup, paper registration materials and BGCGM site registrar training
  • On-duty weekend staff member in a rotation with colleagues to provide service to weekend rental groups
  • On-duty nightly rotation during overnight camp sessions

Community Collaboration and Partnerships

  • Provide opportunities to engage and support the families of members.
  • Build reciprocal relationships with communities, schools, volunteers, and organizations to support program goals.

Camp Operation and Administration

  • Adhere to all BGCGM administrative policies
  • Develop and maintain handbooks and communication for Day Camp
  • Work within compliance of grants as awarded to Camp Whitcomb/Mason, such as the AmeriCorps grant.

Education and/or Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required or 10 years of experience directly related to youth programming and staff supervision
  • Certifications required or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment:
    1. Lifeguard and professional rescuer CPR/AED certification
    2. Lifeguard Instructor certification
    3. NASP Archery Certification program
    4. ABEE Ropes Course Level 1 Certification preferred

Skills and Experience:

  • At least two years of experience directly related to youth programming and staff supervision
  • Ability to keep youth ages 5-18 enthusiastically engaged
  • Experience motivating, supporting and supervising young adults
  • Highly organized with attention to detail
  • Works effectively with families from a variety of diverse backgrounds
  • Good written and oral communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with campers, parents, venders, donors and volunteers
  • Understands basic benchmarks for member growth and development
  • Ability to articulate program goals and understand how specific activities support those goals
  • Understands confidentiality guidelines and protects children, youth, and family confidentiality
  • Appreciates new ideas and learning opportunity

 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 regularly required to sit and use hands to touch, pass materials, or feel.  The employee is often required to stand and reach with hands and arms and occasionally do this on the high challenge course 12-40 feet in the air.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.  Employee must have the ability to work in all seasons of weather outside and walk up to .5 mile over uneven terrain. Capable of appropriate and sustained mental, emotional and social interactions in our constantly changing, youth-centered and community living camp setting.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but peaks high during all-camp functions and meals. Throughout the year the employee is working in spaces with and without air conditioning and working in close proximity to team members. During the summer months the Day Camp Manager may live in a private bedroom with a shared bathroom.

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