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Summer Program

Due to complications related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions, the Village of Kinderhook is sad to announce it is unable to hold the youth Summer Program this year. The village park and playground will remain open to the public, and the Recreation Committee is planning a series of family-focused summer events in lieu of the program. Additional details will be forthcoming as soon as they become available.

We look forward to offering a summer program in 2022 when it is safe to do so. 


The Village of Kinderhook Recreation Commission is responsible for conducting the Summer Program.

A. Summer Program Overview
• Monday–Friday, 9am–12pm
• July and August for 6 Consecutive Weeks
• Kinderhook Village Park – Rothermel Avenue


B. Goals/Purpose
• A safe place for kids to spend time with friends
• Provide opportunities to meet new peers
• Provide both fun and educational opportunities on and off-site

The Summer Program is not meant to be a childcare service. At least 50% of the day should
include structured activities.

C. Eligibility  
Children and grandchildren of Village residents that are entering kindergarten on up through
children that have not entered high school (not to exceed 14 years of age) are eligible to attend
free of charge.

D. Staff/Salary
The Program staff consist of a Director, Assistant Director, 4* Counselors, and 1 alternate
*The number of Counselors is dependent upon the number of children attending the program. A
10:1 ratio of children: Counselors are maintained and in compliance with State regulations.
(Approximately 35-40 children on a daily basis have attended the Summer Program.)

Salaries for the Director, Assistant Director, and Counselors are reviewed and approved by the Kinderhook Village Board and as stated in the annual budget.
Prior to the commencement of the Summer Program, all staff members are required to sign a statement that they have read and understand the Summer Program Guidelines.

1. Director, Salary $3,000
The Director assumes the ultimate responsibility for the success of the program.
a. Duties:
• Lead and supervise the staff, including the Assistant Director, Counselors, and
Alternate Counselor
• Care for the children following all Summer Program Guidelines and Village
procedures, and exercising good judgment in case of an emergency
• Ensure that no child or staff leaves the site during the program unless given
permission by parent/guardian (See Section G)
• Generate a daily activity calendar for the duration of the camp
• Present “Planning Calendar” of engaging activities/field trips on and off-site to
the Recreation Commission for approval prior to the start of the Summer
• Distribute and collect all permission slips
• Write and distribute an introductory letter to parents explaining important
Summer Program procedures and activities
• Responsible for procuring all supplies
• Complete all required paperwork including weekly sign-in/out log and Incident
• Timely submission of expenses and while adhering to the budget
• Verify and sign weekly timesheets for all Counselors
• Responsible for proper care of all equipment and supplies
• Check status of bathrooms
b. Qualifications:
• At least 21 years old
• Preferred 5+ years of working with children in Day Camp/Summer Program
and/or similar qualifications and experience
• Manage the Counselors
• Ensure the Summer Program runs per the schedule
• Arrange for outside field trips, speakers, and/or presenters
• Trained in First Aid, Adult & Child CPR, AED, and Sexual Harassment (training
paid for by Kinderhook Village)

2. Assistant Director, Salary $13.50/hour
The Assistant Director is responsible for assisting the Director with all above-listed duties.
The Assistant Director will assume ultimate responsibility in the absence of the Director.
In addition, the Assistant Director is responsible for all duties listed for the Counselors.

a. Qualifications:
• At least 21 years old
• Preferred 3+ years working in Day Camp/Summer Program or similar
qualifications and/or experience
• Manage the Counselors
• Ensure the program runs per the schedule
• Trained in First Aid, Adult & Child CPR, AED, and Sexual Harassment (training
paid for by Kinderhook Village)


3. Counselors/Alternate Counselor, Salary $12.50/hour
a. Duties:
• Be prompt each day
• Follow the Director and Assistant Director instructions
• Bring creative ideas to the Director on activities they can lead
b. Qualifications:
• At least 16 years old
• Trained in First Aid, Adult & Child CPR, AED, and Sexual Harassment (training
paid for by Kinderhook Village)



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