Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • 19-Oct-2017 to 01-Jun-2018 (MST)
  • Operations
  • CO, USA
  • Seasonal

TITLE: Program Staff
REPORTS TO: Program Lead/Program Director
DATE: May  2018
STATUS: Seasonal


  •          Direct activities in one or more assigned program areas. 
  •          Work plans are developed with the Program Lead/Director in conjunction with camp program goals, policies, activity standards, and this job description.
  •          Individual work plans are developed and evaluated by Program Director in conjunction with the Council program plans, budget, and this job description.



1.       Implement activities in specialized program areas based on camp program goals, policies, and camp activity procedures to provide a quality outdoor education experience for campers.

a.       Develop and direct a program of activities, which provides opportunities for girls to experience variety, challenge, and progression suitable to their age, readiness, and ability.

b.       Implement the written criteria for the conduct of activities; make written recommendations for change.

c.       Plan and coordinate activities with unit staff; serve as a resource to unit staff.

d.       Adapt activities and methods to individual and group needs and abilities.

e.       Incorporate camp skills and environmental awareness into the program. 

f.        Involve girls in planning and making choices in carrying out activities.

g.       Use appropriate methods of instruction and discipline in accordance with the procedures of the camp.

h.       Orient, teach, and supervise staff assigned to assist with activities.

i.        Be prepared with activities for all kinds of weather and or other changes in the usual pattern.

j.        Coordinate activities with those of the entire camp.

k.       Give direction to unit staff responsible for the group.

l.        Evaluate activities with campers and staff.

m.     Demonstrate a caring attitude and manner with campers.

n.       Act as a role model for Girl Scout principles for campers and staff.

2.   Prevent accidents through maintaining high safety standards; respond appropriately in emergency situations.

a.       Implement and interpret Girl Scout, state, and American Camp Association (ACA) (and ACCT where applicable) standards for assigned program area.

b.       Make assignments to staff assigned to assist after verifying their competence.

c.       Conduct ongoing inspection of the site for hazards.  Implement safety and security measures.

d.       Practice good housekeeping and sanitation practices in activity areas.

e.       Check the area first-aid kit at least weekly and re-supply if needed; submit accurate records of illness, accident, and incident according to procedure. 

f.        Teach emergency procedures for the activity.  Call for and participate in rehearsals.

g.       Give first-aid care until the Health Supervisor or other professionals arrive.

h.       Cancel or modify activity if weather or other hazards warrant, substituting related activities.

i.        Verify that equipment is in safe condition before each use, and is properly sized if this is a safety factor.

j.        Maintain and store equipment in good condition. Make needed repairs or written report to supervisor.

k.       Inventory equipment as directed.  Report and/or make needed repairs.

l.        Submit itineraries and food and supply requisitions accurately and on time.

m.     Keep records, write reports and submit recommendations.

3.   The Program Staff supervises staff who accompany girls to an activity, and staff who are interested, qualified and assigned to assist.

a.       Orient and train staff for their responsibilities.

b.       Verify staff competence before assigning them supervisory roles; monitor their performance throughout the season.

c.       Be present at all risk activities in this program area unless specifically exempted by supervisor.

d.       Evaluate performance of staff assistants on an ongoing basis.

4.      Contribute to positive relationships between diverse racial, ethnic, and social groups in the Council as a whole, and between the diverse individuals employed by the Council or giving volunteer service.

a.       Support the efforts and commitments of Girl Scouts of Colorado in the area of pluralism.

b.       Demonstrate sensitivity to racial, ethnic, and social diversity of individuals and groups.

c.       Demonstrate a recognition and understanding of good customer service in all dealings and interactions as an employee of Girl Scouts of Colorado by maintaining constructive relationships with co-workers, girl members, parents, volunteers, and the community.

5.      Participate as a professional member of the total staff in providing effective staff service to the Council.

a.       Be an active member of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., demonstrating the principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law in all activities of the job.

b.       Present a positive image to parents and visitors through attitude, dress, and courtesy.

c.       Perform other duties to foster a cooperative climate and a smoothly operating camp.

d.       Participate in pre-camp and in-service trainings, attend staff meetings and contribute to the planning and coordinating of the work of the total staff team.

e.       Keep such records and files as are necessary to carry out the job.

f.        Participate in supervisory conferences and in the staff evaluation process.

g.       Respect the confidential nature of all information pertaining to staff, volunteers, or campers.

h.       Adhere to all safety and security procedures at all times.

i.        Identify volunteer and employed staff members with potential for future volunteer and employed positions.



1.   Supervise campers at meals and all-camp activities.  Attend and participate in other camp program, such as unit campfires and cookouts and sleeping in units as assigned.

2.   Open and close activity area and other areas at the beginning and end of the season as assigned.

4.   Implement security procedures including walking night patrol according to schedule.

5.   Act as unit counselor as assigned.

In accordance with the philosophy of Girl Scouts of Colorado, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.




  •          Willing to maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the camp.
  •          Program skills in one or more specialized areas.
  •          Safety standards in one or more specialized areas.
  •          Teach children in an informal outdoor setting.
  •          Girl Scout outdoor program.
  •          Development needs of children.
  •          Flexible and adaptable.
  •          Motivate campers to try.
  •          Inspire confidence and pride in accomplishment.
  •          Adaptable to the camp setting and community life.
  •          Motivate and work with other adults.
  •          Meet emergencies with good judgment.
  •          Work with girls and adults from diverse backgrounds.
  •          Recognize potentially hazardous conditions.
  •          Pass CBI/FBI criminal record check; document legal employment status.
  •          Flexible and adaptable dealing with changing situations and settings.
  •          Maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the Girl Scout organization.
  •          Crisis management
  •          Work with diverse adults and children.
  •          Ability to work within a budget.
  •          Keep accurate records.
  •          Ability to work under pressure.
  •          Physical ability to move equipment up to 30 lbs.
  •          Access to a vehicle.
  •          Valid driver's license and driving record acceptable to the Girl Scout insurance company.
  •          Membership in the Girl Scout organization.


  •          Current first-aid and CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) certification.
  •          Documented training, experience or certification in assigned program area which satisfies ACA, ACCT, and Childcare Licensing standards where applicable.


  •          Work with children in groups.
  •          Camp counseling.
  •          Leadership.
  •          Work with girls and adults from diverse backgrounds.
  •          One or more program areas.
  •          Experience in record keeping and purchasing.
  •          Camp experience desirable.


         Program equipment required for the activity may include cooking equipment, challenge course elements, climbing ropes, animals, tools, toxic substances, and heat producing devices.

  •          Audiovisual equipment.
  •          Telephone and cell phone.
  •          Computer.
  •          Valid driver's license and a reliable vehicle that is adequately insured by Colorado law.
  •          Use of telephone frequently during the day and evening hours.



  •          Campers come from rural and metropolitan areas.  Many campers come from low-income areas.
  •          Camps are at altitudes of 8,000-9,000 feet.
  •          Camp living and activity areas are spread over approximately 400 acres. Staff can expect to walk several miles each day.
  •          Program activities are carried out in the out-of-doors and are often strenuous.
  •          Equipment for specialized activities is stored centrally and often must be carried to the activity site.
  •          Staff share quarters with other staff and/or campers.
  •          Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule.
  •          Ability to carry equipment and supplies up to 30 lbs. to outside meetings and events.
  •          Ability to set up tables, chairs, and any necessary equipment.
  •          Must be willing to submit to security check and a driving record check.
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