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Summer Camp Counselor - PW

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Camp Potomac Woods - Leesburg, VA

Camp Staff or Superhero? 

Take a moment to imagine making the difference in the life of a child. Empower campers to make decisions, become independent, and be proud of who they are. That’s what we do each summer at sleep-away camp! If you’re passionate about youth development, enjoy the outdoors, and believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world, then Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital sleep-away camps may be for you! 


Multiple Opportunities! 

  • Unit Counselors - June 1 - August 4 (flexible scheduling available). With other counselors, responsible for the direct daily supervision and care of a group of up to 20 girls, and works with other counselors to plan and implement activities.Salary starts at $350 a week.

  • Lifeguards -May 27 - August 4. Assists with the implementation of the aquatic program at the pool as a lifeguard. Assists with unit programming in the evening when the pool is closed. Current lifeguard and CPR:PR certifications or willing and able to obtain certifications during pre-camp training. Salaries start at $405 a week. 

  • Additional Positions (administration, health, activity/program, kitchen) Available - for more information! Limited number of hourly commuter positions are available.


Flexible Scheduling Available

Start dates vary by positions between May 22 - June 1. Need to start later? We can work with you to get you caught up on pre-camp training. The summer season wraps up on August 6, but do you need to leave earlier? We can work with you!


Is this you? 

  • Passionate about youth leadership 

  • Excellent with children, ages 5-17, and equally skilled at working with adults of all ages 

  • Sensitive to people from all cultures and abilities 

  • Flexible & Creative: able to change direction on a moment’s notice and carry on

  • Energetic: able to sing songs, lead games, and show positivity all of the time (even when they don’t feel like it!)

  • Considerate: honest and kind, keeping the children’s best interest in mind

  • Love being outdoors and willing to work outdoors in the heat, humidity, and rain 

  • Prepared to live on-site during employment in rustic cabin accommodations (no electricity, internet, or flushing toilets) or prepared to commute to camp just north of Leesburg, VA each day 

  • Not bothered by dirt, bugs, wildlife (snakes, mice, deer, etc.), or sunscreen

  • Willing to work long hours (up to 13 hours per day) for up to 6 days in a row


Some of the Perks 

  • Room, board, and laundry facilities provided 

  • Most Saturdays off 

  • Paid pre-camp training and professional development 

  • Free certification in CPR/First Aid and other activities dependent on position (lifeguarding, archery, etc.) 

  • Networking opportunities and a chance to work with staff from across the globe

  • Internship opportunities (we'll work with you to fulfill requirements.) 

  • Skill development in leadership, communication, problem-solving, behavior management, creativity, and more 

  • An active summer outdoors in the woods without screens! 

  • Memories and friendships to last a lifetime 

  • The opportunity to create a positive impact on the youth of today 


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Have questions before applying? Contact camp director Rebecca “Bandi O’s” Montague at or text 202-274-3329. 


About Camp Potomac Woods 

Camp Potomac Woods, located on the Potomac River in Loudoun County, Virginia, provides the perfect getaway for Girl Scouts in grades K-11. Located 50 miles northwest or 1 hour outside of Washington, DC, Potomac Woods is within driving distance of several major cities, including Richmond, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Potomac Woods is owned and operated by Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, the largest Girl Scout council in the United States of America.


Potomac Woods offers a variety of specialty theme overnight programs that range from two nights to five nights in a fun, safe, rustic, and traditional camp setting. The property spans 101 acres of hilly woodland with lots of trees. Full of creativity and imagination, all programs provide campers the opportunity to explore the outdoors while having the time of their lives!


Campers enjoy swimming at the pool, getting creative at arts & crafts, trying outdoor cooking, learning about STEM, and taking aim at target sports like archery, slingshots, knife and tomahawk (axe) throwing! Campers participate in many wonderful Camp Potomac Woods traditions, including campfires, singing, and hikes to explore the Pooh Tree or RiverWalk.