Camp Program Coordinator


The American Youth Foundation inspires people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living, and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world.

Position Purpose

The Camp Program Coordinator (CPC) role is a year-round position which, along with the Director of Camp Programs (DCP), is responsible for the planning, preparing and delivery of an inclusive, residential youth development program at Camp Merrowvista each summer. The CPC is heavily involved with the running of program throughout the summer and helps to ensure that all state, American Camping Association, and AYF program regulations are followed. In the offseason, the CPC is the primary manager of our ideal client relationships, interfacing with program participants and parents, as well as marketing and selling the summer program. Additionally, the CPC assists in the hiring, supply ordering, schedule building, and overall planning for the summer experience. In the spring and fall program season at Merrowvista, this role may also act as a program coordinator or facilitator on the Community and School Programs (CSP) team.

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

The American Youth Foundation enthusiastically welcomes staff and participants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. AYF seeks to continually assess our practices through a broad lens of cultural competency and is committed to taking action and changing for the better of all. We are firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally and all are highly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Ensures safety and quality in-camp programming through intentional design and consistent presence.
  • Creates and maintains a positive relationship with the clients and inquiries throughout the year, promptly addressing questions, concerns, and feedback.
  • Serves as a member of the Site Emergency Response Team as the Designated Program Leader in the absence of the Director of Camp Programs (DCP).
  • Oversees all aspects of the inquiry management process. Prepares and assists with the implementation of annual marketing plan for promotional materials, activities, and events in line with camp’s ideal client relations plan.
  • Assists with all seasonal program staff recruitment and hiring.
  • Directly oversees and supervises certain program areas in summer, supporting seasonal staff through observation and feedback.
  • Assists with planning and delivery of staff training.
  • Assists with program curriculum development and editing of handbooks.
  • Manages the production of participant handbooks and forms in conjunction with the DCP and Registrar.
  • Purchases program equipment, manages inventory, and identifies programmatic needs.
  • Communicates facility, administrative and food program needs of the camp program in a timely manner.
  • Uses good judgement in risk management practices, and ensures program is in line with AYF policies and ACA standards.
  • Fulfills necessary administrative functions in partnership with the administrative team related to hiring, recruiting, and follow up.
  • Attends and fully participates in all program team meetings.

Reasonable accommodations may be made in order to enable a range of abilities to perform the essential functions.

Secondary Functions

  • Manages logistics of staff arrival, pre-summer communications, travel arrangements, housing and staff registration.
  • Oversees the Merrowvista Camps pages of the AYF website, updating regularly.
  • Actively works to help create an effective and positive work team at the site.
  • Oversees the Merrowvista social media page and updates it in a timely manner.
  • Assists with summer scheduling and program design.
  • Serves as a member of the site Staff team and attends weekly staff meetings.
  • Serves as a member of the AYF Program team and attends seasonal planning meetings.
  • Serves as a Designated Program Leader with overnight and on-call responsibilities.
  • Represents the site programs and AYF at regional, local, and national meeting and events.
  • Other duties as agreed upon in staff meetings, or as assigned by the supervisor.

Analytical/Interpersonal Skills

  • Strong commitment to serving internal and external customers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Effective organizational skills, attention to detail and management of deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, energetic, service oriented, team player, able to work independently.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills: active listening, experience delivering feedback.
  • Willingness to expand knowledge and responsibilities.
  • Group processing skills.
  • Problem solving, prudent judgment, and ability to assess risk.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain results through effective leadership and communication.

Vision for all AYF Employees

  • Show commitment to the AYF core values of best self, balanced living, safety, respect, responsibility, and inclusion.
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and ethics by displaying the following behaviors:
    • Integrity, openness and honesty, listening and understanding, giving and receiving constructive feedback, seeking a balance between personal and professional lives, dependability and accountability.
  • Follow guidelines as described in AYF employee handbook.

Preferred Minimum Education, Experience and/or Certification

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-3 year’s direct or related experience
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office package with strong aptitude and interest with demonstrated skills in word processing, spreadsheet and data management applications
  • Prior experience working with youth
  • Computer and database skills
  • Wilderness First Responder, CPR and Lifeguard certification

Work Environment

  • Position work is located in Center Tuftonboro, NH.
  • Part-time office, part-time outdoor environment.
  • Merrowvista’s site necessitates the capacity to move through rugged terrain.
  • Business casual, appropriate attire for multiple, differing settings.
  • Hours as required to meet job demands, generally Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm outside of peak program season.
  • Evening and overnight duty during the peak program season – ability to live on site and work six-day weeks in peak season.
  • Travel as needed for recruitment and meetings.


  • Competitive salary and benefits package, including:
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance available
    • Retirement package
    • Family accommodations during summer program
    • Tuition discounts for dependents


Recognizing the full value of all, the American Youth Foundation affords equal opportunity for employment and program participation to all individuals on the basis of merit and/or eligibility without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.