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 moderate supervision, responsible for planning program activities, coordinating with other areas of camp operations, maintaining high standards of health and safety and directing the work of unit counselors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Collaborates with campers, other Unit Coordinators and program specialists, develops a unit schedule to meet the session goals of the unit.
- Coaches and develops leadership in unit staff.
- Develops schedule for age specific program levels to be assigned by Camp Director.
- Ensures session’s program and facilitates balanced types of activities appropriate to age of campers and adheres to camp goals and objections.
- Coordinates the instruction of activities for campers, ensures facility and supplies/equipment are available.
- Supervises and evaluates Unit Counselor to establish unit goals; conducts regularly scheduled staff meetings to plan and delegate assignments to keep staff informed of plans, changes in plans, camp activities and policies/procedures that affect them.
- Arranges work schedules for assigned unit staff.
- Ensures staff development of staff members under direct supervision.
- Maintains high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
- Be alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems; consult with healthcare staff and/or Camp Director when appropriate.
- Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care and maintenance is adhered to; reports repairs needed promptly to Camp Director.
- Assures that campers are properly supervisor at all times; be aware of and implement safety guidelines as outlined in Safety Activity Checkpoints, ACA and camp operational procedures.
- Facilitates evaluate process with campers; prepares written summary of girl evaluations at the end of each session to include recommendations for future camp programs and operations.
- Conducts accurate inventory of all unit supplies at beginning of camp sessions and at the end of each block.
- 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 procedures and complies with all council health and safety rules and procedures.
- 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.
- 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
- Oral and Written Communication abilities (i.e. In person, verbal, written, and/or phone); expresses ideas and facts in a clear and understandable manner appropriate for the individual or group; listens to and comprehends what others are saying; prepares organized and structured presentations; has demonstrated ability to work with a wide range of sensitive and confidential issues and communicate effectively with a diverse group of girls, volunteers, and staff.
- 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.
- Team-Building - knows team-building techniques and processes; collaborates with others to create optimal solutions; fosters a commitment to a team approach to work; promotes partnerships between work units; collaboratively defines boundaries and outcomes of work responsibilities; shares information with others; recognizes and rewards team accomplishments; shares decision-making responsibility with team members.
- 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.
- Developing Others - delegates responsibility and works with others and coaches them to develop their capabilities; provides helpful, behaviorally specific feedback to others; shares information, advice, and suggestions to help others to be more successful; provides effective coaching.
- 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.
- Minimum one-year camp or supervisory experience.
- Must be at least 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.
- Ability to interact with all age levels.
- Attends staff meetings
- Attends staff and in-service training during the summer.
- 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