Day Camp Counselors



Duties and Responsibilities:

OPC DAY CAMP COUNSELORS plans, initiates and supervises all participation within camp programming.

General Information
OXFORD, MS 38655
United States
Employee Type  Non-Exempt PT
Job Category  City of Oxford Park Commission
Industry  Day Camp Counselor
Required Degree  None
Manage Others  No
Contact Information
Name  Taylor Gex
Phone  662.232.2313

Essential Functions:

  1. Auditory and visual ability to respond to critical incidents.
  2. Ability to perform routine first aid tasks.
  3. Abilities to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
  4. Physical ability to operate bus emergency exits.
  5. Ability to plan activities that help all campers in the group to experience success.

General Functions:

  1. Provide leadership and guidance of a  group of eight to twelve day campers.
  2. Participation in conducting general camp program.
  3. Cooperation with the entire staff in working together for the welfare of the camp and campers.
  4. Maintain a positive working relationship with other staff assigned to your group.

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities:

  1. Be a friend and leader to each individual in your group to promote improved camper self-image and good group relationship.
  2. Assist with the planning and coordination of each weekly schedule at day camp, including planning and leading activities for your own group.
  3. Interpret health and safety regulations to the group.
  4. Observe each camper daily and check for cuts, bruises, skin rashes, or other indications of illness or injury.
  5. Ride the camp bus, providing songs, games, and stories, in addition to enforcing safety precautions during the trip.
  6. Help the campers with daily self-maintenance tasks: i.e., collecting and storing lunches upon arrival at camp and eating lunch together; helping your campers prepare for swimming; and being sure all personal belongings get home each night.
  7. Promote good manners at mealtime and encourage common courtesies in serving, passing, and eating of food.
  8.  Prepare camper progress reports and award certificates.
  9. Offer guidance in-group and camp-wide activities.

10. Guard during free swim.

11. Keep camp supplies and equipment in good shape, including putting them away when finished with a project.

12. Set a positive example in exercise, food selection, personal habits, and attitude. 

13. At all times be aware that you are a "model" to all campers and to other staff. No cell phones or rude behavior at any time.

14. Participate in all training activities that are provided by the camp that aids you in personal growth and skill development (including pre-camp orientation).

15. The Day Camp counselor must be able to work all summer.

16. Be willing to assist as needed with camp duties, especially during morning check-in and afternoon check-out all for the good of camp.

17. Know OPC Day Camp Core Values. ( Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Loyalty, and Honor). Display those qualities in daily life, along with teach campers how to display those qualities in their lives.


Special Requirements:

  1. Good physical condition
  2. Positive Attitude

Tools and Equipment Used:

Clip board, Pen, Rags, Broom, and Dust Pan

Physical Demands:

The Physical demands described here are 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. The employee must occasionally lift or move items up to a weight of (50) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The employee works flexible hours seasonally.  60% of this job is indoors and 40% of this job is outdoors and requires work done in all types of weather.  The stress level is average.

Selection Guidelines:

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and background investigation; and job related test may be required.



Supervision Received

Day Camp Assistant Director or Day Camp Director


  1. Completion of at least junior year of high school.
  2. At least one year's experience working with youth.
  3. Emotional maturity, good moral character, and integrity.
  4. Enjoyment of the out-of-doors sports, and arts.
  5. Genuine interest in character development of youth.