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Girl Scouts of Western NY Unit Counselor - Seven Hills in Holland - Camp Seven Hills, New York

Job Descriptions:


Are you mission-driven, looking to work in a dynamic team environment, and influence the lives of girls? If so, take the time to check out Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Since 1912, Girl Scouts has empowered girls to develop the skills and the voice to become successful and productive citizens. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

If you are looking for a seasonal position whereby you can be part of this exciting, empowering, and valuable experience, we encourage you to apply. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summary: Unit Counselors will assist in facilitating activities designed to help campers to understand and live up to the Girl Scout Promise and Law and to develop an appreciation for and enjoy the outdoors.

Dates of Employment: June 27, 2018 - August 12, 2018

If interested in this full time seasonal salary position according to Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) Section 13(a)(3) (29 U.S.C. § 213(a)(3) that may be available , please apply via this application process.

Essential Functions:

  • Develops professional goals for the summer that will help support and meet GSWNY’s mission and camp goals.

  • Helps the girls in the unit learn to respect the rights of others and to understand the differences and similarities of other campers.

  • Assist in teaching activities through the use of the Girl Scout Camping program.

  • Assist with planning activities and programs that co-inside with the weekly theme/camp brochure and meet the needs and interests of the campers.

  • Responsible for the health and safety of campers.

  • Help to coordinate, with input from campers and unit staff, unit activities that will be done throughout the week this includes, but not limited to overnights, cookouts, hikes, etc.

  • Work with the other staff in the unit to develop a staff team so all share in the total unit program.

  • Assist in operating activities as needed under the direction of the Unit Head or Head Counselor.

  • Assist in maintaining unit housekeeping, sanitation and care of supplies.

  • Assist in maintains unit first aid kit.

  • Apply behavior management techniques to conflict with children when necessary.

  • Report incidents/accidents to supervisor or health supervisor immediately.

  • Report suspected child abuse to supervisor immediately.

  • Assist in keeping records and prepare reports as required.

  • Attend staff meetings as scheduled/necessary.

  • Participates in the total camp program including pre-camp, open house and post camp.

  • Required to stay on the property during hours of operation (Sunday 10:00am to Friday 9:00pm).

  • Accepts other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Assistant Camp Director/Camp Director.

Minimum age: 18 (per New York State Health Department), applicants under the age 18 are encouraged to apply and candidacy will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.

Required Experience:


  • Willingness to abide by the policies and practices of the Girl Scouts of Western New York Inc.

  • Minimum age: 18 (per New York State Health Department)

  • Experience working with children preferred

  • Desire and ability to work with and relate to children and peers in an outdoor environment.

  • Prior camp experience and/or interest in the Girl Scout Camping program helpful.

  • High School diploma or the equivalent.

  • Current certification in Responding to Emergencies & CPR or individual is willing to complete certification course during designated training day.

  • Certified Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Checks will be completed for personnel file.

  • Willingness to place the needs of girls and camp above personal desires.

  • Good health and stamina necessary to work in the camp setting.

  • The acceptance of irregular work hours.

  • The acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp.

Physical Requirements:

  • Assist the campers in emergency situations.

  • Lift 35 pounds.

  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision.

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and ability to adapt well to changing situations.

  • Participate in structured and unstructured activities.

  • Provides excellent customer service to other staff members, campers, parents and visitors to camp.


Girl Scout Membership:

All Employees of Girl Scouts must maintain an active, annual membership in Girl Scouts of Western New York. This membership must be renewed annually, and all newly hired employees are expected to enroll with GSWNY within the first 30 days of their employment.

Girl Scouts of Western New York celebrates diversity in all forms and is committed to creating an inclusive, collaborative and supportive environment for all. All employment decisions are based qualifications, merit, performance and the needs of the organization. As an equal opportunity employer, GSWNY does not discriminate on the basis of any qualified applicant’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status or any other groups or persons protected by federal, state or local law. Accept and follow directions both in verbal and written form.

Keyword: Unit Counselor, Youth, Camp, Resident Camp

From: Girl Scouts of Western NY