Girls Scouts of Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho is looking for Summer Resident Camp Unit Counselors!
$1800 plus room and board for the Camp Season.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has been serving girls since 1937. Our Resident Camp operates at Camp Four Echoes, a council-owned property of over 200 acres near Worley, ID. Over 500 girls each summer ages 5-17 enjoy programs in STEM, arts and crafts, cooking, drama, swimming, boating, hiking, and other skill-building fun. Each session, girls lead the way by planning their own activities with their camper group. Each week has a theme and campers plan activities and meals related to that theme. Camp Four Echoes, a Girl Scout camp, located on the wooded shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Six living units house 18-24 girls weekly. Each unit has flush toilets and running water, but no electricity. Meals are provided in a group setting in our central dining hall. We also have a staff lounge for your time off.
All staff live on-site June 6-August 13 for the 2018 Camp Season
Under the direction of the Unit Leader, the Unit Counselor guides and leads campers through various outdoor camp programs, trips, activities, and experiences for girls ages 5-17 for an assigned group of campers. This position will also be accountable for the general safety and empowering the personal growth and skill development of the participants in their group. The Unit Counselor exhibits enthusiasm and patience while exemplifying the Girl Scout core values of honesty, caring, courage, and character.
Approximately $1800 plus room and board.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF POSITION:
- Attends to safety of campers at all times; follows and instructs campers on procedures for incidents and emergencies
- Within a team, leads and supervises up to 24 campers as a group during for 4-14 days, coordinating the group's schedule and activities
- Works to create a positive group culture through team-building and problem-solving activities
- Ensures weekly age-appropriate programming requirements in STEM, art, cooking, hiking, waterfront, etc. are met through daily activities and weekly trips
- Teaches and encourages campers to progress in independent and group living skills such as personal hygiene, taking care of personal belongings, rolling sleeping bags, re-packing luggage, cabin clean-up and other camp jobs
- Plans, prepares, and implements age-appropriate programming and curriculum
- Engages all campers in games, crafts, or other activities at all times (including during the girls' down time, meals, all-camp activities, clean-up, etc.)
- Attends all meals with campers in the dining hall or during cook-outs. Teaches and models table manners, appropriate meal conversation and positive social interactions.
- Provides opportunities for girls to lead during all activities and "girl planning" meetings
- Models personal responsibilities such as conflict management, positive relationships, following rules, and respecting camp property
- Follows and implements appropriate behavior management procedures when interacting with all campers
- Completes and submits all paperwork in a timely and efficient manner
- Exhibits punctuality and communication in time management, including daily and weekly breaks
- Respects and follows the "Camp is for the camper" philosophy by attending to camper and camp needs first
- Represents camp appropriately in the community and with parents by maintaining personal hygiene, following camp dress code, and communicating respectfully with campers, parents and other adults.
- Actively participates in staff trainings, meetings, and camp closing activities, including but not limited to deep cleaning, lifting or moving equipment, taking out trash and closing inventory
- Reports concerns and incidents to Unit Leader
- Practices the Girl Scout Promise and Law with an inclusive attitude and a willingness to problem-solve
- Follows all procedures and regulations according to the GSEWNI Council, GSUSA, and state and federal guidelines and laws and the American Camp Association
- Performs all other duties as assigned
- Must be 18 years or older
- Current First Aid & CPR certification
- One (1) year experience working with girls ages 5-17 through camp, day care, or teaching preferred
- Ability to grasp the landscape within an organization, show passion for working with Girl Scouts and the nonprofit environment and expertise in using various communication vehicles that engage girls, volunteers, parents, donors and the community
- Willingness to subscribe to the principles of the Girl Scout movement, including acceptance of the Girl Scout philosophy and willingness to maintain membership in the Girl Scouts USA
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to:
Regularly lift objects up 30 pounds, repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers. Climb, pull, stoop, kneel, crawl, twist and crouch while performing custodial duties. Must be able to stand or walk for long periods of time, up to 12 hours, and work in inclement weather. Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors (no color blindness)
Mental & Other Skills/Abilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:
- Multi-Tasking Ability: ability to handle many diverse tasks/projects at one time; ability to prioritize and complete them on time.
While performing the essential duties/responsibilities of this job, the employee lives for up to 12 weeks in close proximity to others, including sharing living quarters, restrooms, laundry facilities and a common staff lounge. May only use personal electronics (such as computers, phones and other devices) only during personal designated breaks and out of sight of campers. Multi-tasking in a fast paced environment is an integral part of this position, as is the ability to work with high-stress situations based on the nature of GSEWNI mission and daily work.