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  • Job Tracking ID: DayUC2018
  • 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 11, 2018
  • Classification: Seasonal



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Job Description:

Overview 

Every summer, girls arrive to summer camp excited for new experiences. As a day camp staff member, it's your responsibility to encourage them to be courageous, demonstrate compassion and leadership, and oversee 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 day camp located in San Diego, CA. Camp positions will start on or about June 11, 2018 and will end August 15, 2018. It is preferred that our dynamic men and women of our staff have experience working with youth, but it is not required.


Day camp sessions are held throughout San Diego County. Each camp has its own personality with various themes and activities. Most sessions run Monday through Friday, with occasional weekends. Camps feature traditional activities, along with Girl Scout specific programming.

Job Summary

Under direct supervision, responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating and carrying out activities and guiding girls in the unit and/or patrol group; acts as a consultant in areas of special skills, as appropriate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assumes responsibility for a unit of campers and guides their experiences through a girl/adult democratic planning process.
  • Participates with and supervises unit in their activities.
  • Incorporates teaching of camp and other special skills and an appreciation of the outdoors into the program.
  • Responsible to lead and assist with the teaching of activities to meet session goals; actively participates in all program areas, as assigned.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of program activities within operational goals.
  • Provides for the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
  • Assists in program areas such as swimming pools, waterfronts, 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 GSUSA, ACA and camp operational guidelines.
  • Responsible for campers receiving their medications as directed by health care manager or assistant day camp director.
  • Is alert to campers and staff needs and assist them with personal and/or health problems; consult with camp health manager and/or camp director, when appropriate.
  • Is alert to equipment and facilities to ensure safe utilization, proper care and maintenance is adhered to; reports repairs needed promptly to camp director.
  • Provides supervision to campers as bus chaperone.
  • Planning, supervision and implementation of the Camp program in accordance with the goals and policies of Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Follow all emergency procedures appropriate to Girl Scouts San Diego and in conformity with the procedures adopted by the emergency service authorizes to ensure the safety of all members, volunteers and staff.
  • Provide needed direction and guidance to staff and program participants.
  • 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.
  • Attends required staff meetings.
  • Attends pre-camp staff training (40 hours) and mid-summer in-service training.
  • Assists with other camps/programs, as assigned. May be called upon to fill any camp role.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Experience and Skills:

Competencies and areas of expertise may include:

  • Mentoring and Development of Youth - sets positive example for youth; demonstrates maturity and responsibility around youth; provides growth opportunities for children; teaches children with patience
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under minimal supervision and take initiative in making decisions
  • 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.

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 at least 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.
  • Experience working in youth-oriented program.
  • Appreciation of diversity and community based needs.
  • Attends staff and in-service training during the summer.
  • Incorporates understanding of child development and age appropriate behaviors.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Valid driver's license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation. Daily and/or occasionally travel may be required.
  • Willingness to accept the beliefs and principles of the Girl Scout Movement and acceptance of the relevant and compelling beliefs 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 20 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.

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.


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