Resident Camp Counselor
Job Details
Entry
Various Camps - , TX
Seasonal
Graduate Degree
Entry Level

Our resident camp program provides amazing outdoor leadership opportunities for girls ages 7-16. We operate three resident camp properties:

  • Camp Bette Perot, an equestrian camp near Palestine, TX
  • Camp Gambill, a waterfront camp on Lake Gibbons near Paris, TX
  • Camp Rocky Point, a waterfront camp on Lake Texoma near Denison, TX
  • Resident Camp Counselors work June and July 2022.

Job summary:

The Resident Camp Counselor is responsible for helping lead a fun, impactful summer camp program for girls. Counselors live in cabins, platform tents, or lodges with girls, develop relationships, care for campers, help lead program activities, and participate fully in daily camp life. This team member serves as caring mentor, fun companion, patient teacher, positive role model, and helpful problem solver. The position reports to the Camp Director at your assigned camp property. Paid staff training is provided at the beginning of the summer.
 

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Champion a positive, inclusive, caring, safe, and fun camp environment and promote the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law
  • Support camper wellbeing by supervising hygiene, meals, sleep, medications, and overall health while living with campers
  • Lead or participate in all camp activities: meals, program activities, rest, free time, kapers (chores), and staff trainings and meetings
  • Facilitate positive group relationships in campsite units and activity groups, including addressing conflict in constructive ways
  • Advocate for camper confidence, responsibility, challenge seeking, teamwork, learning, goal setting, relationship skills, and coping strategies
  • Adhere to camp schedule and get campers and self to assigned spaces on time
  • Maintain campsite and activity supplies and equipment
  • Practice all safety standards on camp property and at activity spaces

Additional leadership opportunities:

  • Unit Leaders (age 21+): Accountable for overall success in campsite unit, including supporting up to 32 campers and up to 9 other counselors in unit through participation in additional staff meetings, implementation of camp policies, completion of daily camper paperwork, and communication with Camp Director and counselors
  • Activity Leaders (age 18+ or 21+ and relevant certification): Accountable for overall success of assigned activity, including developing program plan, maintaining spaces and equipment, coordinating counselors, and engaging groups of campers throughout the day (aquatics/waterfront, ropes course, archery and other target sports, wilderness, crafts, CITs, and all-camp programs)
  • Bus Leaders (age 18+): Accountable for overall success of camper bus arrivals and departures, including riding bus both directions each week, leading check-in/out procedures, coordinating counselors, and collaborating with the Director of Customer Care for smooth processes
  • Photography Leaders (age 18+): Accountable for overall success of photo portfolio available to camper families, including taking engaging photos of campers and camp life, organizing photos, and uploading photos
  • Junior Counselor (age 16-17, not completed high school): Work in partnership with other counselors and leaders to serve girls while developing your own leadership skills (To be eligible, must meet ONE of the following: (1) completion of at least one year of CIT/MIT/WIT program in previous summer OR (2) at least one year as a Senior Camper OR (3) at least two years as a past GSNETX summer resident camper)

Benefits:

  • Summer camp changes lives for the better! Join an amazing community where you will make new friends, develop personal and professional skills, engage your body and your mind in an outdoor environment, overcome challenges, and be the best version of yourself, plus have tons of fun! As part of a team mentoring, teaching, and caring for campers, you get to make an incredible impact on girls, who remember the sense of belonging, friendship, growth, and magic of summer camp for their entire lives. Counselors receive room and board when camp is in session (Sunday-Friday) plus paid staff training, paid certifications (where applicable), and invaluable work experience that prepares you to succeed in school, in work, and in life.

Minimum requirements:

  • Willingness to live, eat, teach, and play respectfully and fruitfully with diverse girls and staff all day, with limited privacy and personal time
  • Willingness to be active outdoors all day in variable weather conditions (heat, humidity, rain, wind) and to walk extensively around camp
  • Willingness to role model respect, positivity, smiling, cheerfulness, kindness, patience, honesty, inclusion, good mental hygiene, and accountability
  • Willingness to listen to, learn from, and cooperate with others
  • Willingness to embrace a simple living environment in platform tents, cabins, or lodges as assigned and to use group latrines (private stalls and showers)
  • Ability to work long hours all day and all week with occasional needs to respond to campers overnight (counselors get two hours of personal breaktime each day during the week plus Friday nights to Sunday mornings off between sessions)
  • Ability to complete full term (all weeks) of camp agreement

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience serving youth in a work or volunteer setting
  • Experience attending summer camp or going camping
  • Experience with one or more of our program activities in swimming, sailing, kayaking and canoeing, equestrian, archery and target sports, wilderness, crafts, and climbing and ropes
  • Current certifications appreciated in any of the following: first aid and CPR, lifeguarding, ropes course, archery, axe and knife throwing, small watercraft, or fishing
  • Adheres to the GSNETX’s equal opportunity and non-discrimination policies, which ensure that there will be no discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, sex, creed, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability, or age.
  • Demonstrates and promotes a climate of courtesy, respect and professionalism in all interactions with managers, staff, volunteers, parents, campers, and others with whom he/she is in contact.
  • Must hold membership in the Girl Scout organization and subscribe to the tenets of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
  • Must complete and pass a criminal background check.

Our organization’s cultural values:

  • We are relevant.
  • We strive for equity.
  • We put our stakeholders first.
  • We collaborate to get the best results.
  • We own our work.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse, inclusive work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected characteristics, including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or age.

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