Inclusion Summer Day Camp Companion


Job Purpose:

To assist Member Agency’s staff in providing recreation programs for individuals with disabilities in their communities while promoting a safe and enjoyable recreation experience. Inclusion Summer Day Camp Companions work at the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association's Member Agency Summer Day Camp programs blending in and working alongside park district staff. The goal of inclusion is to help the registrant participate in the least restrictive environment with peers without disabilities. As a companion, you will assist one or more individual(s) who has requested special assistance to participate in the program in which they registered. This involves but is not limited to; assisting the individuals with social skills, personal care needs, understanding and following rules and directions and/or modifying an activity so they can participate. 



  • Experience with individuals with disabilities of various abilities and ages.

  • Must demonstrate dependability, promptness and punctuality.

  • Display an attitude of enthusiasm and commitment in providing recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

  • Demonstrate a willingness to participate fully and learn new skills.

  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Demonstrate a professional and positive attitude when working with member agency staff, parents, individuals with disabilities and FVSRA staff.

  • Be safety conscious.

  • Good oral and written communication skills are essential.

  • Willingness to obtain Handle with Care (HWC) Certification when required.

  • Ability to engage in activities requiring physical exertion.

  • Ability to perform required duties under stressful situations without supervision.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Actively support and follow through with the assigned member agency’s policies and safety program.

  • Assist with the activity and any accommodations required for inclusive participation by the individual with a disability in the member agency recreation program.

  • Communicate effectively with emergency service personnel, inclusion team members, participants, and families, member agency staff, and FVSRA staff.

  • Demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm, and take initiative.

  • Become actively involved in the program.

  • Attend to the participants personal care needs (toileting, changing, feeding) if approved by the Inclusion Manager and Inclusion Specialist.

  • Must check in with the Member Agency Staff prior to each program and the Inclusion Specialist bi-weekly.

  • Attend all meetings, in-services, and trainings that are required by FVSRA or the member agency staff.

  • Must be able to understand the needs of persons with disabilities and adapt activities to enable participation.

  • Report any problems or concerns to the Inclusion Specialist or Inclusion Manager and the Member Agency Staff.

  • Implement behavior plans and inclusion plans when needed.

  • Understand the inclusion process and work closely with the inclusion team to support individuals with disabilities in the most inclusive setting.

  • Enforce safety rules and improve employee and public knowledge of the same by confronting and correcting unsafe behavior and conditions.

  • Immediately report all accidents and unsafe conditions to the Inclusion Specialist or Inclusion Manager and the Member Agency Staff.

  • Cooperate and assist in the investigation of accidents.

  • Attend all required safety programs and in-service education meetings.

  • Must be able to understand simple oral and written instructions related to his or her assignment and communicate those to Member Agency Staff.

  • Have transportation to travel to and from various work sites in the seven member agencies.

  • Provide timely responses to phone calls, voice mails, and written materials, whether received by mail, facsimile, text, and e-mails, which are sent by FVSRA.

  • Have the ability to solve moderately complex problems arising while supporting the inclusion placement.

  • Work efficiently and effectively under pressure such as emergencies and deadlines.

  • Treats public concerns with the utmost and courteous attention.

  • Perform other duties related to the Inclusion Companion when necessary, or duties in the best interest of the Association when requested by the Inclusion Specialist or Inclusion Manager and the Member Agency Staff.



Collaboration - Promotes and supports work teams and groups
Reliability - Performs responsibilities dependably and accurately, fulfills promised actions
Responsiveness - Focuses on the customer, willingly helps others and provides prompt service
Assurance - Conveys trusts and inspires confidence
Empathy - Deals with individuals, appreciates their differences, handles emotions and shows compassion for others
Self Confidence - Recognizes the contributions of others and is conscious of own ability
Initiative - Begins and follows through energetically with plans and tasks
Communication - Shares information, listens to what others are saying
Adaptability - Makes decisions and solves complex problems

Physical Demands:
The Inclusion Summer Day Camp Companion must, with or without reasonable accommodations, be able to perform the following functions:

  • Gather, load, transport and set-up equipment and supplies for activities.

  • Supervise individuals, including at times the use of physical restraints.

  • Physically assist individuals in wheelchairs by pushing, pulling or providing stabilization on unknown terrain.

  • Physically transfer individuals from wheelchair to chair, into and out of vehicles, from pool deck into pool, in washroom facilities, etc.

  • Lift and carry as much as 50 pounds for as long a distance as 300 feet.

  • Active participation in programs.


Working Conditions:
This job operates both inside in classrooms, gymnasiums, multi-purpose rooms and exercise rooms as well as outside at different activity fields, parks, playgrounds, etc. The noise level can range from quiet to loud. When working inside conditions can include different types of lighting and temperatures. When working outside you may be exposed to different types of weather conditions.