Resident Camp Counselor and Activities Specialist (Seasonal)

Lebanon (Camp Laurel), CT

POSITION SUMMARY:

Responsible for working with the unit leader to coordinate unit program and participation in all camp activities.  She/he is responsible for the supervision and care of a designated number of campers, facilitating the delivery of programs within a unit, or for a patrol, and ensuring the safety and well-being of the campers by facilitating girl program following state, ACA, GSOFCT Policies and Safety Activity Check Point Standards with an emphasis on age-appropriate and session specific programs.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Works with the unit leader and camp to coordinate unit program with overall program emphasis where applicable and camp activities; works cooperatively to enrich all-camp and unit programs and to facilitate general camp operations following state, ACA and Safety Activity Check Point program standards.
  • Is skilled and/or certified in one/multiple activity areas in camp such as but not limited to: Lifeguard, Small craft, Outdoor living skills, Environmental education, Equestrian, Crafts, Archery, Group games, Dance, Drama, Art, STEM, Rocketry, etc.
  • Plans and instructs 4 to 5 activity periods per day based on skill ability.
  • Lives in the cabins and units with the girls is required of all counselor/activity specialists.
  • Assists the Unit Leader to facilitate unit activities and encourages girl-planning in patrol and unit program delivery.
  • Participates in the coordination of unit schedule of activities.
  • Works cooperatively with the unit leader and other unit staff to schedule time off and unit responsibilities assignments.
  • Maintains health and safety standards for campers, unit staff and self.  Reports accidents and files incident reports promptly.
  • Participates in all regular camp activities such as meals, flag ceremonies, all-camp activities, cookouts, opening and closing days and kapers.
  • Keeps records and prepares written reports as requested.
  • Reports needed repairs of equipment and facilities to the unit leader or designated administrative staff.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled meetings and trainings to ensure open and positive communication.
  • Maintains professional camper/staff relationships throughout the camp season.
  • Participates in opening and closing procedures of the camp season.
  • Keeps the Unit Leader informed of activities, problems and concerns with campers on an ongoing basis.
  • Assigned evening unit counselor responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Age 18 years or older.
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work with a diverse group of staff and campers to encourage full participation in Girl Scouting.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs., work in extreme environmental conditions and walk on uneven terrain.
  • Ability to live and sleep in the out of doors with limited access to modern conveniences and electronic media. 
  • Strong oral communication skills required.
  • The ideal candidate will possess experience in working with children that includes the ability to develop, organize and implement Girl Scout program in the out-of-doors. Proven success in a girl leadership program is desirable.  The candidate must have a desire to work with children for extended periods of time in all types of weather.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Willing and able to obtain First Aid, CPR, epi-pen and inhaler administration training and certifications.