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Working with all ages of active community members provides challenges and opportunities for growth to every community programs employee. Many find this to be one of the most rewarding job experiences in their entire career! Internship, practicum, federal work-study, non-federal work study, wage and volunteer positions are available for any interested individuals. Training is provided. View information on community programs employment, volunteering andsummer day camp (Camp Recky) employment.

Community Programs Employment

Rec Sports's Community Programs employs a diverse group of fun and hardworking student leaders. Ohio State students interested in teaching swimming lessons, sport classes, adapted recreation programs or working with our youth and family programs should apply.

All Camp Recky staff must be 18 years of age or older, unless otherwise noted in the job description.

During autumn and spring semester, due to the large Sunday recreation program, all employees are required to work Sundays. Those unable to work on Sundays need not apply.

Pre-employment training includes:

  • Community Programs basic training – four (4) hours
  • Program area training- one (1) hour training session on at least three (3) community programs’ area
  • Camp Recky Summer 2017 Staff will be required to be present at camp staff training May 30-June 2, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Application Requirements

Applications will not be considered until all application materials are received. Application materials can be dropped off at the RPAC Welcome Center or mailed to Community Programs, B106 RPAC, 337 Annie & John Glenn Ave., Columbus, OH 43210. 

All positions are open until filled.

 

Camp Recky 2017 Job Descriptions and Duties

This list is representative of the types of duties each position will have, it is not all-inclusive.  All camp staff are required to obtain Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED and First Aid certifications upon hire. To be eligible to work for camp, you must be available to attend Camp Staff Training from May 30-June 2, 2017.

Program Director (1 position)

38 hours per week, $12-$14 per hour

(Must be able to attend supervisor training May 22-25, 2017)

  • Assists in the scheduling of camp staff together with the professional staff member and Administrative Director
  • Assists camp supervisors with planning age-appropriate camp activities and events and revises camp schedules as needed
  • Works with professional staff to evaluate various camp activities and continuously improve the quality of the day camp program
  • Works closely with Adapted Recreational Sports program to evaluate accommodation requests and prepare for necessary accommodations.
  • Reviews and approves camp payroll
  • Maintains inventory of camp equipment and supplies, and coordinates with professional staff about camp equipment and supplies purchasing.
  • Answers customer questions via phone, in person and email in afternoon hours
  • Supports, supervises and evaluates Sports, Scamper, Discovery, Explorer and Explorer/Adventure Camps’ supervisors by being on-site as needed.
  • Assists with the coordination of camp activities with facility staff members such as facility managers and supervisors, special event staff, etc. and external partners
  • Together with the professional staff member make decisions about extreme heat conditions and limit camp outdoor activities based on heat index. Makes sure all staff are aware of any limitations/adjustments that they should implement based on the heat and camper safety.
  • Serves as liaison between camp staff and camp professional staff
  • Submits daily camp reports to Professional Staff member
  • Creates and distributes weekly camp newsletter and other parent information to parents
  • Oversees behavior management of campers and maintains behavior records
  • Oversees camp safety and security, stringently enforces all safety and risk management policies
  • Oversees emergency management situations as needed
  • Oversees camp maintenance as needed with appropriate people
  • Assist with camp staff training
  • Will attend and often contribute to weekly meetings with program supervisors
  • Attend and contribute to weekly all staff meetings
  • Conducts camp program evaluations for staff
  • Work together with professional staff and Administrative Director to plan an end of the summer picnic/show in conjunction with end of the summer events
  • Assists Camp Recky Supervisors with assigned duties
  • Fills in when needed for absent staff
  • Utilizes “Management by Walking Around” techniques

 

Administrative Director (1 position)

38 hours per week, $12-$14 per hour

(Must be able to attend supervisor training May 22-25, 2017)

  • Works very closely with the professional staff and Program Director to ensure efficient and well organized daily camp operations.
  • Help Program Leaders with supervision of daily activities as needed
  • Collects Counselor in Training applications, schedules interviews and schedules Counselors in Training
  • Works with professional and office staff to account for, and organize camper paperwork
  • Maintains and distributes weekly counselor rosters
  • Maintains and distributes weekly before and after care rosters
  • Prepares weekly staff clipboards in cooperation with camp supervisors
  • Oversees behavior management of campers and maintains behavior records
  • Maintains open communications with customers
  • Serves as a front line customer service representative for camp programs
  • Help to oversees emergency management situations as needed
  • Oversees camp safety and security, stringently enforces all safety and risk management policies
  • Oversees camp maintenance as needed with appropriate people
  • Maintains inventory of camp equipment and supplies, and coordinates with professional staff about camp equipment and supply purchasing.
  • Answers customer questions via phone, in person and email
  • Provides support during camper sign out at the end of the camp day
  • Works with Supervisors to maintain neat and accessible storage areas (including babysitting room)
  • Maintains camp lost and found
  • Submits daily camp reports to professional staff member
  • Together with the professional staff member make decisions about extreme heat conditions and limit camp outdoor activities based on heat index. Makes sure all staff are aware of any limitations/adjustments that they should implement based on the heat and camper safety.
  • Conducts camp program evaluations for staff
  • Assist with camp staff training
  • Will attend and often contribute to weekly meetings with supervisors
  • Attend and contribute to weekly all staff meetings
  • Fills in when needed for absent staff
  • Work together with professional staff and Program director to plan an end of the summer picnic/show in conjunction with end of the summer events

 

Camp Recky Program Supervisor – (4 positions)

38 hours per week, starting at $10 per hour

(Must be available to attend supervisor training May 22-25, 2017)

Scamper Camp Supervisor (Grades K-1)

Discovery Camp Supervisor (Grades 2-3)

Explorer/Adventure Camp Supervisor (Grades 4-6)

Sports Camp Supervisor (Grades K-6)

Please indicate in your cover letter which camp supervisor position you are applying for.

  • During Spring Semester, plan specific, weekly, full day camp curriculum for each age group to reflect camp goals and themes
  • Sets and supervises camp opening and closing day procedures for campers and staff
  • Will be present at camp in the morning while afternoons will consist of planning time, along with “Management by Walking Around” techniques
  • Works closely with the Adapted Recreational Sports program to provide accommodations and modifications in order to provide an environment for campers of all abilities.
  • Determines specific camp equipment and supply needs and supplies requisitions in a timely manner
  • Prepares supplies for daily activities
  • Uses personal creativity and experiences, and seeks out resources to provide activities which stimulate learning and creativity amongst campers
  • Plans and executes weekly camp field trips when applicable including transportation, fees, schedule, etc.
  • Coordinates camp schedule with Camp Recky Directors
  • Oversees execution of camp curriculum by camp counselors
  • Supervises and supports counselors assigned to his/her camp
  • Maintains organization of supplies and equipment
  • Eats lunch with campers and staff
  • Ensure campers get to their assigned afternoon camp on time
  • Is accessible to staff by being out with the groups during their activities and programs.
  • Communicates with parents daily, handles camper incidents – shares results with camp Program Director, Administrative Director and professional staff.
  • Oversees behavior management of campers and maintains behavior records for their camp
  • Attends weekly all staff meetings
  • Assists with camp staff training
  • Assists Camp Recky directors with projects when needed
  • Fills in when needed for absent staff

 

Camp Recky Program Supervisor: Kids in the Kitchen Camp (1 position)

28- 38 hours per week, starting at $10 per hour

(Must be available to attend supervisor training May 22-25, 2017)

  • Develops, specific, weekly, half- day camp curriculum for each age group to reflect camp goals and themes for the Kids in the Kitchen camp programs, including menu and activity planning and purchasing items from local grocery stores.
  • Determines specific camp equipment and supply needs and supplies requisitions in a timely manner
  • Prepares supplies for daily activities
  • Uses personal creativity and experiences, and seeks out resources to provide activities which stimulate learning and creativity amongst campers
  • Coordinates camp schedule with Camp Recky Directors
  • Oversees execution of camp curriculum by camp counselors
  • Supervises and supports counselors assigned to his/her camp
  • Maintains organization of supplies and equipment
  • Become trained in kitchen and food safety and/or have prior experience with this topic.
  • Leads the other assigned counselors in achieving the goals for the week and ensuring the campers have a successful, fun experience.
  • Responsible for the cleanup of the demo kitchen
  • Oversees behavior management of campers and maintains behavior records for their camp
  • Work with other camp supervisors to solve problems that arise and come up with new program ideas
  • Follows food safety guidelines and maintains records as required by the Health Department and the American Camp Association
  • Supervises camp pick up operations along with other camp leadership staff and counselors
  • Works closely with the Adapted Recreational Sports program to provide accommodations and modifications in order to provide an environment for campers of all abilities.
  • Communicates with parents daily, handles camper incidents – shares results with camp Program Director, Administrative Director and professional staff.
  • Oversees behavior management of campers and maintains behavior records for their camp
  • Attends weekly all staff meetings
  • Assists with camp staff training
  • Assists Camp Recky directors with projects when needed
  • Must be available to attend supervisor training May 22-25, 2017

 

Camp Recky Program Supervisor: Teen Leaders Camp and Triple T (Teens, Trips & Travel) Camp (1 position)

38 hours per week, starting at $10 per hour

(Must be available to attend supervisor training May 22-25, 2017)

Must be 21 years of age

  • Work with teens ages 13-17 years old
  • Develop, implement and oversee a comprehensive trip and travel program
  • Develop and implement a specific camp curriculum including a variety of activities and events centered around leadership for the weeks of Teen Leaders Camp
  • Make connections with teens and provide them with useful life tools
  • Works closely with the Adapted Recreational Sports program to provide accommodations and modifications in order to provide an environment for campers of all abilities.
  • Determines specific camp equipment and supply needs and supplies requisitions in a timely manner
  • Prepares supplies for daily activities
  • Uses personal creativity and experiences, and seeks out resources to provide activities which stimulate leadership and positive peer relationships amongst campers
  • Coordinates camp schedule with Camp Recky Directors
  • Oversees execution of camp curriculum by camp counselors
  • Supervises and supports counselors assigned to his/her camp
  • Maintains organization of supplies and equipment
  • Eats lunch with campers and staff
  • Is accessible to staff by being out with the groups during their activities and programs.
  • Communicates with parents daily, handles camper incidents – shares results with camp Program Director, Administrative Director and professional staff.
  • Oversees behavior management of campers and maintains behavior records for their camp
  • Work with the professional staff, Program Director and Administrative Director to solve problems as they arise
  • Go through van training and certification to be able to transport campers
  • Assist with camp staff training
  • Attend weekly all staff meetings
  • Is accessible to staff by being out with the groups during their activities and programs.
  • Assists Camp Recky directors with projects when needed
  • Fills in when needed for absent staff

 

Camp Recky Aquatic Program Specialist (1 position)

28-38 hours per week, starting at $9 per hour

(Must be available May 22-25 for leadership training)

  • During spring semester plans specific, developmentally appropriate weekly swim activities for campers of all ages
  • Swim tests all campers at the beginning of each week and assign swimmers to groups and specific areas of the pool based on skill level
  • Works with RPAC aquatic staff to ensure supplies and set-up are ready for daily swim times and pool depth is adjusted appropriately
  • Works closely with the Adapted Recreational Sports program to provide accommodations and modifications in order to provide an environment for campers of all abilities.
  • Determines specific supply and equipment need and supplies requisitions in a timely manner
  • Prepares campers and counselors for daily swim activities
  • Lead swim sessions and ensure that campers are safe and camp staff is supervising appropriately
  • Must have current American Red Cross Lifeguard and/or Water Safety Instructor certification
  • Prior experience planning aquatic activities and/or teaching swim lessons preferred
  • Prior experience working with children preferred
  • Assists with daily camp sign out
  • Attends weekly all-staff meetings

 

Program Leader (5 positions)

38 hours per week, starting at $9 per hour

(Must be available May 22-25, 2017 for leadership training)

Scamper and Buckeye Camp (Grades K-1),

Discovery and Scarlet Camp (Grades 2-3),

Explorer/Adventure and Gray Camp (Grades 4-6)

Sports Camp (Grades K-8)

Please indicate in your cover letter which camp you are interested in applying for.

  • Serves as a lead counselor in their specific camp during the afternoon activities while the Camp Supervisor is planning in the office
  • Leads groups through afternoon rotations in a timely manner
  • Supports counselors assigned to his/her camp
  • Deals with behavior issues, and emergency situations in the afternoon when the Supervisor is not present
  • Communicates a daily report to the supervisor of each camp
  • Maintains organization of supplies and equipment in the afternoon
  • Eats lunch with campers and staff
  • Leads camper sign out to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible
  • Assists camp supervisors in any capacity needed
  • Assists with camp staff training
  • Attends weekly all staff meetings

 

Camp Recky Counselor (multiple positions)

20 to 38 hours per week, starting at $8.10 per hour

  • Work with children ages 5-14 years old
  • Develop, implement and oversee various program activities, including sports and games, aquatics, creative arts and more
  • Lead a group of 8-12 campers in daily activities, including sports and games, creative arts and transitions from one activity to another
  • Work closely with camp supervisors to come up with new ideas and solve behavior issues, bullying and other problems that arise
  • Make connections with campers and develop meaningful relationships
  • Work with other counselors to ensure a cohesive camping environment that serves all involved
  • Eat lunch with campers and ensure that the eating area is clean
  • Follow camp rules and core values
  • Show enthusiasm for camp and the various activities, so as to encourage campers to get involved in all camp activities
  • Instruct campers on emergency procedures and ensure that in emergency situations procedures are followed correctly and all your campers are accounted for
  • Sign campers in at the start of every day and sign them out at the end of the day, ensuring that the camper is picked up by the person that was named on the sign-in sheet
  • Encourage campers to respect the camp equipment, facilities and personal property
  • Maintain good public relations with all campers’ parents
  • Attend weekly all staff meetings
  • When transporting campers from one location, always ensure all campers are accounted for before departing
  • Set a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean-up and chores, sportsmanship and good manners

 

Camp Recky Inclusion Specialist (multiple positions)

20 to 38 hours per week, starting at $8.10 per hour

(Must be available for inclusion specialist training May 22-25, 2017)

  • Works with children ages 5-14 years old
  • Works in low ratios with campers with disabilities in providing an inclusive camp environment
  • Serves as the go-to within the camp for working with kids with disabilities
  • Assists with adapting various program activities, including sports and games, aquatics, creative arts and more
  • Works closely with camp supervisors to come up with new ideas and solve behavior issues, bullying and other problems that arise
  • Makes connections with campers and develop meaningful relationships
  • Works with other counselors to ensure a cohesive camping environment that serves all    involved
  • Eats lunch with campers and ensure that the eating area is clean
  • Follows camp rules and core values
  • Shows enthusiasm for camp and the various activities, so as to encourage campers to get involved in all camp activities
  • Instructs campers on emergency procedures and ensure that in emergency situations procedures are followed correctly and all your campers are accounted for
  • Signs campers in at the start of every day and sign them out at the end of the day, ensuring that the camper is picked up by the person that was named on the sign-in sheet
  • Encourages campers to respect the camp equipment, facilities and personal property
  • Maintains good public relations with all campers’ parents
  • Attends weekly all staff meetings
  • When transporting campers from one location, always ensures all campers are accounted for before departing
  • Sets a good example for campers and others including cleanliness, punctuality, sharing clean-up and chores, sportsmanship and good manner
  • Leads inclusion talks during morning circle activities
  • Extensive experience working with children with disabilities desired
  • Must be available for inclusion specialist training May 22-25

Volunteering

Students interested in volunteering in our programs to meet educational requirements are asked to contact the Community Programs Office. You will be put in touch with the appropriate student supervisor to speak with about setting up your volunteer hours. Volunteers are accepted for autumn and spring semester. You must be able to attend an in-service training prior to our programs’ start to volunteer.

Counselor in Training Program

This summer, Camp Recky is offering an opportunity for teens, who have completed grades 9-11 in the 2016-2017 school year, to come to camp in a leadership role as Counselors in Training (CIT) for our program. The youth selected for our Counselor in Training program will serve on a weekly volunteer basis. The CIT program overview, CIT Application and Reference Form are found here.