Girl Scouts Summer Camp Unit Leader

Company: Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA

Job Type: Full Time, Seasonal

Job Description

Position Summary:

Unit Leaders are responsible for oversight of Assistant Unit Leaders, Junior Counselors, and the Counselors-in-Training (CITs) assigned to their unit. Unit leaders ensure campers are safe and comfortable while also providing engaging activities for their unit to participate in during unit times. Due to close contact and overnight supervision of a Girl Scout youth population in this residential setting, the Summer Camp Unit Leader must be female.

 Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversight of Assistant Unit Leaders, Junior Counselors, CITs, and all campers within their assigned unit.
  • Through use of girl planning and in conjunction with other unit staff, guide, plan, and carry out creative, fun, and safe experiences in the unit.
  • Lead assigned activities to encourage personal growth, learned skills, and creativity, and provide challenges appropriate to age, ability, and readiness for multiple GS levels.
  • Assist in the development of program curriculum for at least one specialized activity area and one all camp activity.
  • Develop evening activities and all-camp activities with fellow Summer Camp staff.
  • Recognize and appropriately respond to opportunities for problem solving in a group, develop opportunities for positive interaction between campers and staff, and engage with campers throughout the day in a positive and professional manner.
  • Assume responsibility for the health and safety of the campers in the unit by: maintaining a well-equipped first aid kit, maintaining supervision of campers, reporting accidents promptly, and keeping the health supervisor informed of the health status of campers and unit staff.
  • Awaken campers on time and communicates proper attire for the day.
  • Teach camping skills and appreciation of the outdoors to campers.
  • Meet regularly with the Summer Camp Units Supervisor and fellow Unit Leaders to keep unit staff updated and informed of leadership decisions. 
  • Help to coordinate and successfully implement group living for the unit by working together and assisting with housekeeping, sanitation, and care and use of supplies/equipment.
  • Develop a daily and weekly cleaning schedule (kapers) of unit area and ensure all equipment is in good repair, delegating responsibilities as needed to complete all tasks at hand.
  • Help to keep written records and make formal reports as required; ensure all documentation and reports are completed and submitted on time in accordance with established deadlines.
  • Assist in inventory procedures at the opening and close of camp.
  • Abide by GSHPA code of conduct, rules, and expectations. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Minimum 20 years of age, 21+ preferred.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate girls to participate in activities and lead activities in a flexible, professional manner and in accordance with GSHPA strategies.
  • Attend and complete pre-camp trainings.
  • Experience working with children preferred.
  • Ability to live and work in the outdoors in extreme weather conditions.
  • Ability to walk a mile over uneven terrain.
  • Visual and auditory ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards.
  • Ability to adapt well to changing circumstances, direction, and strategy.
  • Ability to lead and facilitate events and activities.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations in a group setting.
  • Strong verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to pass required background checks.
  • Must present a current form of ID affirming female gender at time of hire.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
Availability:  4 positions available

How to Apply

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Posted on: January 19, 2023
Job Type: Full Time, Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
June 16, 2023
Application Closing Date:
May 25, 2024
Job Salary Range:
10.00 to 10.00
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Preferred/Required Degree Level: High School/GED
Population(s) Served: Youth - K-12
Job Category(ies): Scouting Program
Region(s): Mid-Atlantic US