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Camp Counselor

  • Job Tracking ID: UC2018
  • Job Location: San Diego, CA
  • Job Level: Any
  • Level of Education: Any
  • Job Type: Seasonal
  • Date Updated: January 02, 2018
  • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
  • Starting Date: June 16, 2018
  • Classification: Seasonal



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Job Description:

Overview

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 16, 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 Winacka - Located in Julian, CA, this rustic camp features a swimming and equestrian program, high adventure programs, environmental education and arts and crafts. Traditional camp activities, along with specialist programs are what makes Camp Winacka unique. Campers and staff sleep in open air cabins, platforms tents or on cots under the stars.

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.

Job Summary

Under direct supervision, serve as primary caregivers for each camper, assisting the Unit Director in planning, teaching, coordinating and carrying out activities and guiding girls in the unit; act as a consultant in areas of special skills, as appropriate.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in the direction, supervision and organization of campers in their living unit, during activities, and throughout the camp in order to provide an outstanding camper experience.
  • Lives with and provides care to campers around the clock. May be required to sleep in cabins with campers.
  • Assumes responsibility for a unit of campers and guides their experience through a girl/adult democratic planning process.
  • Responsible to lead and assist with the teaching of activities to meet session goals; actively participates in all program areas as assigned.
  • Helps plan and execute activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
  • Incorporates teaching of special skills and an appreciation of the outdoors into all unit activities and day-to-day life.
  • Assists in program areas such as waterfront, nature, all camp activities and arts and crafts, as directed.
  • Maintains high standards of health and safety in all activities for campers and staff.
  • Assures campers are properly supervised at all times; be aware of and implement safety guidelines as outlined in Safety Activity Checkpoints, ACA and camp operational guidelines.
  • Ensures campers receive their medications as directed by Healthcare Supervisor.
  • Is alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems; consult with camp healthcare staff and/or camp director when appropriate.
  • Is alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care and maintenance is adhered to; reports repairs needed promptly to camp director.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

Competencies and areas of expertise may include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision-Making - recognizes when immediate action is required; recognizes when sufficient information has been obtained to make a decision; makes decisions where appropriate or refers decisions to the appropriate organizational level; makes decisions without undue delay
  • 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.
  • Self-management and Confidence - Assesses own skills and abilities and identifies areas for improvement; willingly accepts constructive feedback; seeks developmental opportunities; sets and achieves goals; works independently. Demonstrated confidence to prepare for conversations and visits with potential members/customers by gathering key information and setting strong objectives to achieve successful outcome.


Essential Requirements

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.

  • Must be 18 years of age and a high school graduate.
  • 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 meeting.
  • Flexible, adaptable; works well in a team.
  • Operates well under excitement or stress.
  • Attends staff and in-service training during the summer.
  • Access to reliable transportation for own transport to camp in Julian, CA.
  • 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.


Physical Requirements

  • 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 forced constantly to move objects.
  • Heavy visual acuity required performing such activities as preparing and analyzing data and figures, using computer terminal and reading.


Work Conditions

  • Activities occur both inside and outside and employee is subject to both environmental conditions; however, employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
  • Walking 3-5 miles per day.
  • On feet all day in the sun and heat.
  • Swimming skills a plus.

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