YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Outdoor Education Hourly Instructor

Company : Name Linked YMCA Camp Duncan
Job Locations US-IL-Ingleside
Location : Address
32405 North Highway 12
Day Camp/Camp
Hours vary, Work 3 to 5 days per week, nights and weekends may be required. Hours are dependent on group's needs.

Group Services Specialist opportunity at Camp Duncan


YMCA Camp Duncan is located about an hour northwest of Chicago on beautiful Fish Lake. Camp Duncan is approximately 300 acres and operates a Day Camp, Overnight Camp, and Group Services Department. Camp Duncan sits on a lake with boats and a blob, archery, climbing tower, high ropes course/zipline, hiking trails, campfires, teams course, soccer fields, basketball courts, gaga pits, and so much more!


If you are looking for a fun and exciting experience, Camp Duncan is the place for you. Working at Camp Duncan will give you a look at how a year round camp operation functions, how to plan and host customer groups, and teach you over 25 outdoor education classes and recreation programs. The Group Services Department serves around 20,000 diverse customers a year.


Job Summary:

The Group Services Program will provide employees with a well rounded experience which focuses on all aspects of a year round camp. Training will include: How to teach outdoor education, facilitate classes, risk management, marketing, budget, and customer service. Ideal candidates will be committed, energetic, and enthusiastic individuals that are working towards a degree in Parks and Recreation or a related field.


Being flexible to work various hours which are dependent on customer needs is very important. Some days start very early, and some run late. Nights and weekends may be required.


Camp Duncan is a place to learn, grow, and make memories that will last a lifetime!!


Scope of Responsibilities:

Staff will gain the following skills:

  • Complete trainings and certifications in First Aid/CPR, Risk Management, Customer Service, Child Abuse Prevention, Leadership Development, Classroom Management, Policies and Procedures, and the overall function of the camp.
  • Learn to teach over 25 outdoor education classes.
  • Develop and design classes to meet the needs of diverse groups.
  • Learn to facilitate at the archery range, climbing tower, team course. high ropes course, waterfront, and more.
  • Grow your communication and leadership skills by working with all departments at camp, including kitchen, maintenance, and resident/day camp.
  • Assist in marketing, budget implementation, and fundraising events.

Child Abuse Prevention

Supports the commitment of the YMCA to child abuse prevention and safety by:

  • Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor.
  • Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children.
  • Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
  • Completing all child abuse prevention training as required


  • Ability to perform moderate physical activity and adapt to changing work conditions.
  • Work with diverse groups of people, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Must be willing and flexible to work various hours/shifts including nights and weekends.



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