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

Job Descriptions:

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS: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:To provide programs either in arts & crafts, nature, drama, sports or archery areas that will help campers to understand and live up to the Girl Scout Promise and Law and to develop an appreciation for and enjoy the outdoors.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of specific activity area and equipment.

  • Must plan/develop and implement programs that are in conjunction with the camp program (camp brochure) and GSWNY’s mission and camp goals.

  • Develops and enforces safety measures for the activity areas by following GSUSA Activity Check Points, New York State Health Department (NYSHD) and the American Camp Association (ACA).

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

  • Maintains a well-equipped first aid kit in the activity areas.

  • Reports all incidents/accidents promptly to the supervisor or health supervisor.

  • Responsible for planning and implementing activities within budget. Places supply orders to the Program Director.

  • Submits weekly evaluations of activities.

  • When not acting as Activity Counselor, will live in tent/cabin unit as a Unit Counselor and assist with all unit activities. (female staff only)

  • Attends staff meetings as schedules/necessary.

  • 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 Camp Director/Program 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)

  • Must have the knowledge to organize and teach the specific program and have experience and/or certification in related fields (i.e.: physical education, theater, arts, archery, orienteering, environmental education, etc.)

  • High School diploma or the equivalent.

  • Current certification in Responding to Emergencies and 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.

  • 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.*

  • 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.

  • Accept and follow directions both in verbal and written form.

  • Must be willing to work in an outdoor setting and in inclement weather.

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.

Keyword: Counselor

From: Girl Scouts of Western NY