Camp Counselor – ARISE at the Farm

Job Title:       Camp Counselor, Grade 2

Reports to:   Camp Director

FLSA Status: Non-exempt


Job Summary:  The Camp Counselor works with camp participants – children and young adults with disabilities – to ensure a rewarding and safe day camp experience while incorporating campers’ goals. The Camp Counselor is expected to work 10 consecutive weeks from June 25th to August 31st as well as attend a three day orientation in June. The schedule is Mondays 8:00a – 3:30p, and Tuesday through Friday 8:30a – 3:30p.


Essential Functions:

  • Must follow all Department of Health regulatory guidelines pertaining to a camp setting
  • Communicate with campers, coworkers, management and visitors with dignity and respect
  • Ensure the safety of campers throughout the day by remaining aware and alert to the camp environment, weather conditions, dynamics of participants and coworkers as trained
  • Ride the bus, as needed, to actively supervise campers and maintain their health and safety during the bus ride from the ARISE office in Syracuse to ARISE at the Farm in Chittenango, and return trip
  • Report any injuries, illnesses, unusual incidents or bites to the Camp Director and Health Director as soon as possible
  • Maintain line of sight with assigned campers continuously
  • Facilitate games and activities during the camp day as directed
  • Assist campers with activities, eating, drinking, and washing hands
  • Assist with maintaining the cleanliness and safety of the camp area
  • Report any safety issues or concerns to the Camp Director immediately
  • Assist the Health Director when necessary
  • Apply first aid as needed per Red Cross training until the Health Director and/or other trained personnel arrive on the scene
  • Report any incidents of abuse, maltreatment or neglect to the Camp Director, and follow procedures as trained (mandated reporter protocols per NY Justice Center)
  • Uphold the codes of conduct and ethics as well as all ARISE policies and procedures
  • Exercise sound judgment as a matter of course and hold protected health information and other sensitive information in the strictest of confidence in accordance with ARISE and HIPAA policies
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Must complete background checks as required, including OPWDD fingerprinting, child abuse registry clearance
  • Completion of all required trainings and refreshers
  • Able to monitor the activities of campers with varying abilities; physical demands include walking, running, bending, lifting, and assisting campers with meals, washing hands, etc.