Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • 10-Oct-2019 to 15-May-2020 (MST)
  • Outdoor Program
  • Woodland Park, CO, USA
  • Seasonal

TITLE: Resident Camp Unit Lead   REPORTS TO: Assistant Camp Director  DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: Mid-May-July 2020  STATUS: Seasonal 

 

GENERAL PURPOSE: 

  • Supervisesupport cabin staff, and live with and guide unit of 12-24 girls during 3-day, 6-day and 9-day residential camp sessions.  
  • Guide, counsel and support cabin staff in daily living, camp activities, staff and camper interactions, and problem solving in order to carry out camp goals. 
  • Work on a team of 2-5 other cabin staff implementing all camp duties and responsibilities. 
  • Delegate workload to staff, volunteers, and CITs. 
  • Work plans and schedules are developed with the Leadership Team in conjunction with camp program goals and this job description. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  1. 1. Create and maintain a positive rapport and communication with campers, parents, volunteers, and staff.  
  • Guide girls in developing peer relationships which includes and appreciates all members and accepts individual differences. 
  • Get to know assigned girls by reading the parent information, talking to parents and listening to girls. Consistently show interest in the campers. 
  • Make sure that each girl has at least one adult counselor who knows her by name, who knows of special problems and parent goals, and whom she can feel cares about her as an individual. 
  • Work in conjunction with Program Counselors, CITs, PAs, and Volunteers providing adequate support. 
  • 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. 
  • Talk to parents to share information, to get input, to reassure them and to promote a positive image of camp. 
  • Provide support to staff and volunteer as needed. 
  • Confer regularly with supervisees individually to improve their performance. 
  • Share information with supervisor that may help improve staff performance, program or process. 

 

  1. 2. Participate in and provide engaging, educational and fun programs. 
  • Implement program plans to provide a quality outdoor experience for girls based on camp program goals, policies, and procedures. 
  • Guide planning, activities, and experiences using a democratic form of government and girl planning appropriate to age and readiness within the framework of camp goals and program descriptions. 
  • Incorporate camp skills and environmental awareness into the program. Use site resources. 
  • Help assure the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities. 
  • Direct and supervise programs that are challenging and appropriate to age, ability, and readiness and which encourage personal growth. 
  • Coordinate unit plans with those of the entire camp; adapt activities to weather and changing conditions. 
  • Create and evaluate unit program with campers and staff. 
  • 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. 
  • Be prepared with activities for all kinds of weather and/or other changes in the usual routine.

 

  1. 3. Maintain awareness for an effective implementation of health, safety and emergency policy and procedures. 
  • Maintain high standards of health, sanitation, safety, and security to prevent accidents and to respond appropriately in emergency situations. 
  • Use safe practices in all activities in accordance with camp procedures and guidelines. 
  • Practice and direct good housekeeping and sanitation practices in all areas (including staff areas).  Encourage good hygiene practices by campers. 
  • Use methods of discipline that are appropriate and in accordance with policies of Girl Scouts of Colorado. 
  • Teach and participate in rehearsals of emergency procedures. 
  • Notify the Health Team of health problems/concerns of girls or staff.  Assure that campers receive medications as directed by the Health Supervisor, including on hikes and overnights. 
  • See that campers are properly dressed for camp activities. 
  • Administer first aid until the Health Supervisor or other professionals arrive (if necessary). 
  • Implement security procedures and inspect site daily for hazards.  Alert supervisor to potentially hazardous conditions or security situations and take steps to minimize risk. 
  • Keep records, write reports, and submit recommendations as directed. 
  • Maintain, use, and store equipment and facilities properly; report needed repairs.  Inventory equipment as directed. 
  • Respect the confidential nature of all information pertaining to staff, volunteers, or campers. 
  • Adhere to all safety and security procedures at all times.  
  • Make staff assignments or request assistance to assure that activities are properly supervised by qualified personnel. 
  • Assist with Medication Administration. 
  • Notify the Health Team of health problems/concerns of girls or staff. Assure that campers receive medications as directed by the Health Supervisor, including on hikes and overnights. 
  • Assure that campers are properly dressed and prepared for activities. 
  • Promote positive health practices to keep staff healthy. 

 

  1. 4. Demonstrate responsibility, accountability and overall maturity of judgement. 
  • Supervise and participate with campers in their activities and kapers. 
  • Assist Program Counselors by organizing the group, maintaining discipline and assisting with the instruction if qualified. 
  • Present a positive image to campers, parents and visitors through attitude, dress, and courtesy. 
  • Perform other duties to foster a cooperative climate and a smoothly operating camp. 
  • Open and close unit sites as directed, including cleaning, doing inventory, and moving and storing equipment. 
  • 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. 
  • Participate in supervisory conferences and in the staff evaluation process. 
  • Keep records and files as necessary to carry out the job. 
  • Complete and submit trip itineraries, food and equipment requisitions, badge work records, and other reports accurately and on time. 

 

  1. 5. Effectively support and supervise staff.
  • Teach and model skills of working with individuals and groups. 
  • Evaluate unit programs with staff. 
  • Direct and supervise the work of assigned staff, including volunteer staff, and CITs. 
  • Conduct regular staff meetings to plan and coordinate activities and assignments, to plan for individual and group needs, and to communicate information, and to develop the work group as a team. 
  • Help coordinate staff schedules. 
  • Participate in supervisory conferences and in the staff evaluation process. 
  • Observe and evaluate staff/camper interactions.  Share evaluations with supervisees. 
  • Conduct coaching reports for each supervisee. 

 

OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  1. Upon first day of employment you will be registered as an adult member of Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO). In becoming a member of Girl Scouts, you will be expected to uphold the policies and guidelines set forward by Girl Scouts of U.S.A. As a role model and representative of GSCO you will be expected to: 
  • Participate as a professional member of the total staff in providing effective staff service to GSCO. 
  • 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. 
  • Contribute to positive relationships and demonstrate sensitivity regarding diverse racial, ethnic, and social individuals and groups in GSCO as a whole, and between the diverse individuals employed by GSCO or giving volunteer service.  
  • Support the efforts and commitments of GSCO in the area of pluralism. 

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. 

-EMPLOYEES ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL DUTIES OF THIS JOB- 

JOB REQUIREMENTS: 

  • At least 21 with a High School Diploma or GED. 
  • Experience working with children. 
  • Experience with organization and delegation. 
  • Experience with problem solving and conflict resolution. 
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable. 
  • Adaptable to the camp setting and community life. 
  • Ability to work as a team member. 
  • Ability to meet emergencies with good judgment. 
  • Ability to work with girls and adults of diverse backgrounds. 
  • Ability to recognize potentially hazardous conditions. 
  • Ability to pass CBI/FBI criminal record check. 
  • Ability to provide documentation of legal employment status. 
  • Ability to provide a driving record (21+). 
  • Ability to work under pressure. 
  • Physical ability to move equipment up to 30 lbs. 

 

DESIRED TRAITS/EXPERIENCE: 

  • Must have valid driver's license and been driving for at least 5 years. 
  • At least four years of college or post-high school work experience. 
  • Camp experience as a counselor in any program. 
  • Experience with group and behavior management. 
  • Experience with developmental needs of children. 
  • A desire to work with children. 
  • Experience in record keeping. 
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification. 

 

 MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED 

  • Program equipment, including cooking equipment, propane stoves, tents, craft supplies, game equipment. 
  • Records, reports. 
  • First aid supplies. 
  • Audiovisual equipment. 
  • Computer. 
  • Hand-held radio. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

  • Camps are at altitudes of 8,000-9,000 feet. 
  • Campers come from rural and metropolitan areas. Many campers are recruited from low-income areas. 
  • 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. 
  • Staff tents or living quarters are shared with other staff and/or campers. 
  • Except for daily time off, counselors are always with campers. 
  • Staff are expected to set up tables, chairs, and any necessary equipment.
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