Girl Scouts San Diego serves 22,500 girls and 12,700 adults. Girl Scouts is the world's preeminent leadership organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Every summer, girls arrive to summer camp excited for new experiences. As a Camp Counselor, it’s your responsibility to encourage them to be courageous, demonstrate compassion and leadership, and participate in energetic activities that build memories for a lifetime. You have a desire to work with youth as they learn and succeed. You strive to be an inspiration. You want to have a positive impact on them as they build a stronger sense of courage, confidence, and character.
Girl Scouts San Diego is looking for dedicated and qualified staff members for our 2018 summer camps. Seasonal camp positions are open for our two resident camps located in Julian, CA. Camp positions will start on or about June 14, 2018 and will end August 18, 2018. It is preferred that our dynamic staff have experience working with youth, but it is not required.
Camp Whispering Oaks - Located in Julian, CA, this camp features arts and crafts, a sport field, basketball court, challenge course, and astronomy programming. The camps season begins mid-June and ends the middle of August. Campers and staff enjoy modern cabins with bunk beds and electricity.
Under minimal supervision, coordinates development of camp programs. Supervises on-camp program ensuring a safe, creative and educational experience for all campers and staff; supervises on-camp specialists, as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Coordinates all camp program and campfire activities with all Unit Coordinators, specialists and administrative staff.
- Oversees all off-camp trip activities.
- Collaborates with Unit Coordinators and Program Specialists with supplies, equipment and activities to ensure off-camp trips comply with policies and procedures and monitor equipment usage.
- Collaborates with Program Specialists in all areas for use of facilities, supplies, equipment and activities and to ensure unit schedules meet session goals.
- Coordinates, plans and facilitates all camp-wide events for campers and staff to include, but not limited to, special days, meals, ceremonies, all-camp events and campfires under the guidance of girl planning.
- Oversees dining hall operation to ensure procedures are followed and fosters an environment of consistent order to campers and staff.
- Shares responsibility with Assistant Camp Director for the collection and evaluation of unit records, reports and evaluations.
- Supervises and evaluates program specialists to develop and implement all facets of program.
- Maintains and orders unit and specialty staff paperwork for the camp.
- Oversees community chores (kapers) to ensure all units are participating fairly.
- Facilitates camper council.
- Works with Camp Director to develop staff recognition program.
- Assists Camp Director with other duties, to include but not limited to, participation in overall camp operations, as directed.
- Ensures staff development of staff members under direct supervision.
- Maintains inventory lists for camp equipment.
- Develops and maintains appropriate notebooks.
- Maintains clear and positive written and verbal communication with all internal and external clients.
- Contributes to the diversity emphasis of the council by ensuring that all materials, activities and programs are sensitive to and reflective of the interest, values and needs of persons of all racial/ethnic groups, cultures, religions and abilities.
- Adheres to all council policies and procedures.
- Observes all safety precautions and complies with all council health and safety rules and procedures.
- Work as a team with other admin staff to ensure the general well-being and support of the camp community.
- Perform other duties, as assigned.
Competencies and areas of expertise may include:
- Active Listening - Ability to skillfully use a variety of questions and other active listening techniques to promote a robust discussion with members/customers and identify needs.
- Adaptability & Flexibility - responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems; adapts approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations; copes well and helps others deal with the ongoing demands of change; sees and shows others the benefits of change; recovers quickly from setbacks, and finds alternative ways to reach goals or targets.
- Conflict Management - ability to anticipate, prevent, and resolve conflicts while maintaining productive working relationships (for example, with customers, vendors, or coworkers); distinguishes between disruptive conflict and constructive differences; identifies common interests to resolve differences
- Leadership - Models high levels of motivation, performance, dedication, and commitment; creates, implements, and/or supports camp and council initiatives, policies, and mission; engages, inspires, encourages, guides, and/or gains others’ support toward accomplishing individual, team, camp, and council goals; adapts leadership style to a variety of situations
- Program Development and Implementation - Designs age appropriate and engaging activities, considers available resources, works with unit staff and program specialists to create outcome specific programming, implements program and measures outcomes to continually improve program quality.
- Interpersonal Relations - Establishes rapport with others at all organizational levels; respects others; considers and responds to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of others; establishes and maintains an open dialogue with others; has demonstrated ability to market the Girl Scout value proposition through a variety of communication venues, with particular emphasis on in person communication in one-to-one, small group, and large group settings.
- Mentoring and Development of Youth - Demonstrate care and interest in youth, create programs and opportunities for youth to acquire new skills in a safe environment.
- Risk Management - Uses good judgment, evaluates situations for risks and hazards, notifies appropriate camp supervisor of observed risks or hazards, stops or alters program to best manage risk.
- Outcomes Measurement -Collects formal and informal evaluations/ feedback to analyze current programs and make recommendations for the future.
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- At least one season of leading or assisting in the logistical coordination of specialty trips.
- At least one season of supervision experience.
- Must be 21 years of age.
- Must be able to obtain current First Aid/CPR certification by first day of campers’ arrival.
- Must submit health history record prior to first day of work.
- Attends administrative staff meetings.
- Attends staff meetings.
- Attends staff and in-service training during the summer.
- Ability to interact with all age levels.
- Valid drivers’ license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation. Daily and/or occasional travel may be required. Must be comfortable driving narrow, winding mountain roads with passengers in mini or cargo vans.
- Willingness to accept the beliefs and principles of the Girl Scout Movement and acceptance of the relevant and compelling benefits of Girl Scouting.
Office Equipment/ Machines/ Electronic Devices
Personal computer and printers, telephone, fax machine, copier, audiovisual equipment, and other miscellaneous office equipment.
- Ability to stoop, kneel, bend, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, work with fingers, grasp, feel, talk, hear and perform repetitive motions.
- Ability to perform light work exerting up to 40 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
- Heavy visual acuity required performing such activities as preparing and analyzing data and figures, using computer terminal and reading.
Activities occur both inside and outside and employee is subject to both environmental conditions; however, employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.