Sports & Games Specialist

Opening: Sports & Games Specialist

Reports to: Head Counselor

Oversees: Athletics counselors and all campers in camp games/athletics.


  • Pre-camp training to be set between 5/18/19 - 6/2/19

  • 8 weeks of Camp

    • Week 1: June 3rd -June 7th

    • Week 2: June 10th - June 14th

    • Week 3. June 17th - June 21st

    • Week 4: June 24th - June 28th

    • Week 5: July 8th - July 12th

    • Week 6: July 15th - July 19th

    • Week 7: July 22nd - July 26th

    • Week 8: July 29th - August 2nd

  • 8:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Possible Thursday evenings on designated extended days

  • Weekends off


Please note: Specialists will be allowed to keep their devices/phones with them for appropriate use as it pertains to their specialty or to play music for campers.  (Counselors and J/CITs will not have their phones with them during camp.) All staff will be given radios for communication/safety. Specialists having their phones is a privilege that can be taken away with any personal use.

The Athletics Program Specialist organizes and implements fun games and organized sports for Camp Moon River Campers.  It is essential that this person be able to teach campers about being kind and supportive to fellow team mates and members of the other teams whether they win or lose.  Games supported by Camp Moon River may include but not be limited to: Soccer, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Floor Hockey, Flag Football, Volleyball, Yoga, Gaga, BBS, Kickball, Minute to Win It, Newcomb, Ultimate Frisbee, Capture the Flag, games of tag, Steal the Bacon, and Dodgeball.

This person will also help support general camp activities and Camp Moon River Madness  (all camp competition) when not in charge of a group for Athletics.

Essential Job Functions

  • Deliver fun and meaningful sports and games to campers.

  • Ensure plans are prepared and implemented that meet the abilities of the campers.

  • Effectively communicate expectations to counselors so they will be set up for success to assist in the sports/games activity.

  • Ensure that camp staff and campers know and follow safety procedures during athletic activities.

  • Oversee daily checks of gyms, fields, courts, and equipment for safety, cleanliness, and good repair.

  • Oversee counselors and J/CITs as available to assist with athletics program.

  • Manage time so that the sports and games program contributes to ensuring that the daily schedule is maintained.

Other Job Duties

  • Attend staff meetings.

  • Participate enthusiastically in other camp activities, providing support and guidance to those assigned as leaders.

  • Participate as a member of the camp staff team to deliver and supervise evening programs, special events, overnights, and other all-camp activities and camp functions.


  • Must be 21 or older.

  • Experience in the development and delivery of Athletics for similar population (ideally at a school, camp or recreation center).

  • Current instructional certification in program or related experience.

  • Current certification in first aid and CPR.

Physical Aspects of the Position

  • Ability to observe camper behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate behavior-management techniques.

  • Ability to observe staff behavior, assess its appropriateness, enforce appropriate safety regulations and emergency procedures, and apply appropriate management techniques.

  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to the activity.

  • Physical ability to respond appropriately to situations requiring first aid. Must be able to assist campers in an emergency (fire, evacuation, illness, or injury) and possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

  • Ability to address stressful situations appropriately in a fast-paced interactive environment.

Some physical requirements of a this position are eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate program equipment and program activities.  Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs. Additional requirements are endurance including prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking, jogging or running, hiking, climbing, and stretching; requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities;  requires the ability to lift up to 50 lbs; willing to work irregular hours; and with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and bugs.