Job: Travel & Service Program Trip Leader

Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA

748 Hamilton Road
Becket, MA 01223

Company Description:
The Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA is an independent YMCA located on 1500 acres in the beautiful Berkshires of Western MA close to nationally renowned cultural and historic attractions such as Jacob’s Pillow and Tanglewood. Chimney Corners Camp, Camp Becket, the Travel and Service Program, and the Becket Day Camp are the primary program focuses for the Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA. Camp Becket for boys and Chimney Corners Camp for girls are traditional resident camps with rich traditions and commitment to character development. Program offerings are in aquatics, athletics, theater, dance, creative arts, horseback riding, service learning, adventure trips, team building and high ropes. Our Travel & Service Programs offer a unique life experience to teens. Becket Day Camp offers summer programming for youth 5 to 12 yrs old. We are conveniently located off Route 8 past Jacobs Pillow; 15 minutes from center of Lee.
Salary Range:Location:
Per Year BECKET MA
Job Type:Category:
SeasonalSeasonal Jobs
Education Level:Work Experience:
Some College Coursework Completed
Preference: Nice to have
Up to One Year
Preference: Nice to have
Skills/Certifications/Licences:
Previous experience working with youth and teens and experience with international or domestic travel. - Preference: Required
Description:

Travel & Service Program Trip Leader 

About Us

Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA located in Becket, MA helps youth discover their potential through life-changing experiences and relationships. Situated on over 1,400 acres of woodlands with miles of hiking trails, and two private lakes, in the beautiful Berkshires, we offer four summer programs, Camp Becket for Boys, Chimney Corners Camp for Girls, Becket Day Camp, and the Travel and Service Programs. Our programs serve more than 1500 participants over the course of the summer and employ over 400 staff members from all over the world. We have beautiful and historic facilities and offer a wide variety of activities.

Travel and Service Programs

As a trip leader, you will co-lead international travel and service trips for our teen population, focusing on leadership development, service learning, and environmental/cultural exploration. Programs will start and end at Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, but will spend the majority of time traveling away from camp in a group setting. All programs include travel, interaction with teens and youth, service learning, and cultural learning experiences. Trips may also include camping, hiking, and food preparation. Trip leaders will live and travel with program participants and support them to have positive, healthy, and growth-producing experiences. Leaders will be responsible for facilitating the program's core components, including a leadership training program. Becket-Chimney Corners partners with YMCAs in multiple destinations. 

Benefits:

  • Opportunity to travel to one of BCCYMCAs partner YMCAs in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and South America.
  • Immerse yourself in another culture and language while exploring another country and customs of our host partner.
  • Housing, meals, and program travel expenses are provided at no cost to the employee as part of the experience. 
  • Gain valuable leadership and management skills that will help prepare you for future career opportunities and will reflect valuable work experience on your resume.
  • Becket-Chimney Corners is located in the heart of the Berkshires, which is internationally acclaimed for its arts and cultural venues.
  • Work with other young adults from all over the US and from abroad. 
  • Access to a large network of camp alumni who can support you as resources for internships and career development.
  • For staff seeking internship opportunities, we can help you connect with resources and/or customize aspects of your job to fit an internship structure. Inquire with your hiring manager about opportunities. 

Dates of Work

TSP Leaders are expected to arrive by June 7th for certification week or June 13th for training week, and must be able to work through August 18, 2024, at the earliest. 

General Working Conditions

  • Ability to work in excess of a 40-hour week with irregular work hours.
  • Ability to walk (up to 5 miles per day), stand, and sit (including on the floor) for long periods of time.
  • Ability to speak concisely and effectively communicate in English.
  • Must be able to lift and/or assist children in certain program activities.
  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry supplies weighing up to 20 pounds and occasionally 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stand or sit while maintaining alertness for several hours at a time.
    7. Position will require frequent bending, leaning, kneeling, and walking.
    8. Possible exposure to communicable diseases and bodily fluids.

 

Under Massachusetts state law, our campus is a drug- and alcohol-free zone. No one, regardless of legal age, is permitted to consume alcohol or drugs including nicotine or tobacco products (including e-cigarettes) on the Becket-Chimney Corners properties or during program delivery. 

Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Inclusion Statement

We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment where campers, participants, families, and staff can discover and be their authentic selves. Through leadership, strategic planning, recruitment, training, and program development, we strive to be inclusive in our practices and to promote equity and opportunity for all individuals. We respect, affirm and protect the dignity and worth of every member of our community.

Requirements:

Qualifications: 

  • Previous experience working with youth and teens and experience with international or domestic travel.
  • Prior experience with one of our programs or with another camp program is preferred. 
  • Outdoor living and camping skills desired.
  • Strong communication skills and demonstrated sound judgment required. 
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Japanese, or Swedish a plus. 
  • Must be able to provide proof of a physical within the last 18 months and proof that you are up to date on all required immunizations. 
  • Must be qualified and able to travel abroad and be in possession of a valid passport in order to qualify for an international position with at least 6 months of validity beyond July 2024.
  • Candidates who are 21 or older are strongly preferred.

General Employment Requirements

While many of the skills described are important or required, please let us know if you have alternative experiences or skills that make you well suited for a position.  As a values-based organization, we feel you will be happiest with us if you embrace and share the ideals and values of Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA. We strive to create a positive, supportive and fun work environment for our staff.  It is expected that every member of our staff team treats others in a kind, fair and respectful manner. Trip Leaders must have experience working with children and be at least 20 years of age or older by the end of June 2024.