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 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.
Under moderate supervision, responsible for supporting and directing the work and growth of unit counselors, coordinating with other areas of camp operations, supporting program activities, and maintaining high standards of health and safety.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Ensures staff development of unit counselors under direct supervision.
- Oversees all assigned programs and unit counselors. Monitors work schedules for assigned unit staff.
- Supervises and evaluates unit staff to establish unit goals; conducts regularly scheduled staff check-ins to support unit counselors. Keep staff informed of plans, changes in plans, camp activities and policies/procedures that affect them.
- Tracks goals and evaluates achievement of unit staff, ensuring support throughout goal process.
- Collaborates with campers, other unit staff and Program Specialists, supports development of a unit schedule to meet the session goals of the unit.
- Monitors session’s program to ensure balanced types of activities appropriate to age of campers and adheres to camp goals and objectives.
- Supports the instruction of activities for campers, ensures facility and supplies/equipment are available.
- 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 Supervisor and/or Camp Administrative Team when appropriate.
- Be alert to equipment and facilities to ensure utilization, proper care and maintenance is adhered to; reports repairs needed promptly to resident camp director.
- Assures that campers are properly supervised at all times; be aware of and implement safety guidelines as outlined in Safety Activity Checkpoints, ACA and camp operational procedures.
- Assists program director in planning and execution of camp-wide activities, including but not limited to all-camps, campfires, theme meals, and other programs.
- Assist the Camp Operations Specialist in their duties, as assigned.
- Facilitates evaluation process with girls; monitors and reviews written summary of girl evaluations at the end of each session to include recommendations for future camp programs and operations.
- Conducts accurate inventory for all unit supplies at beginning of camp sessions and at the end of each block.
- 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.
Competencies and areas of expertise may include:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Problem-Solving - identifies and analyzes existing and potential problems systematically and thoroughly; reports/documents the problem; obtains and evaluates relevant information and contributing factors; identifies important interrelationships; implements solutions after evaluating alternatives and anticipating their impact; supports decisions or recommendations with data and/or reasoning; defines and implements solutions to problems; makes independent decisions and exhibits strong resourcefulness in finding solutions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Organization - Sets priorities, creates goals and timetables to complete required tasks or projects. Tracks progress and makes necessary adjustments to efficiently complete work.
- 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.
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 forced 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.