Position Summary: Provide and oversee the emotional well-being of campers and staff by assisting individuals to eliminate or replace ineffective (disruptive) or negative behaviors with appropriate and positive actions. Assist with training, and support of camp staff.
- Act as the Social Worker for all summer camps with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. Anticipated time might be:
- 60% of the time with Camp Alice Chester in East Troy, WI.
- 30% of the time with Camp Silver Brook in West Bend, WI.
- 30% of the time with our Day Camps by Community (locations vary)
- Participate in mandatory staff training and develop a thorough understanding of the behavioral challenges and expectations of the staff and campers.
- Review in advance camper and staff health histories for assessing and anticipating specific individual needs.
- Identify individual needs of campers and discuss behavioral plans with camp counselors and parents prior to the campers’ arrival.
- Observe and interact with campers and staff to promote a positive experience at camp.
- Work one-on-one with campers who are experiencing difficulty participating in the program.
- Intervene if campers are experiencing significant behavioral challenges.
- Help campers and staff resolve conflicts appropriately.
- Provide support and guidance to staff as they deal with camper’s behavior problems.
- Be available to debrief campers / staff in situations where emergency actions are needed or advised.
- Be available to step in situations that may arise during the camp and provide necessary assistance to the camper prior to allowing the camper to return to activities.
- Consult and guide staff to monitor the overall emotional and social well-being of the camp community
- Provide emotional support to staff as they deal with personal challenges.
- Provide assistance in mediating staff conflicts and monitor staff morale.
- Work as a liaison with parents referencing camp behavior policy in communicating problem behaviors
- Be available to contact parents with Camp Director to address observed problem behaviors and/or camper’s failure to adapt to camp setting.
- Assist in communicating to parents along with Camp Director regarding camp dismissals.
- Keep Supervisor and Camp Directors and appropriate staff informed of all situations and issues as they arise.
- Provide daily updates through informal conversation and formal documentation to supervisor, Director, and health staff.
- Be proactive in keeping the Camp Directors informed regarding any potential issue that might question our ability to have a participant remain at camp.
- Make recommendations to the Camp Director in making sure that any necessary follow-up with families occur.
- Assist in the opening and closing of camp.
- Assist with system for health screening for arriving campers and staff.
- Assist in providing emotional and mental health education to staff during orientation and pre-camp training.
- Implement health, safety, and program standards.
- Comprehend, monitor and be willing to initiate crisis management plan and overall safety, including emergency procedures.
- Monitor health of all staff.
- Develop routines, schedules, and procedures for camp operations relating to camp health
- Monitor safety and all procedures as they pertain to the complete supervision of all campers and staff.
- Document all services rendered for both campers and staff.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor or Camp Director.
- BA in Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychologist, psychiatrist or a third or fourth year student majoring in Social Work or Psychology and have previous experience working with children and young adults.
- Knowledge and Experience of working with children and youth with special emotional, behavioral, cognitive, communicative & or physical challenges.
- Ability to reach remote locations of camp property quickly, lift/assist campers, if necessary.
- Work flexible schedule, irregular, weekend, and evening hours possible.
- Ability to originate and maintain records and create and implement plans of action.
- Access to dependable transportation, valid driver’s license, compliance with the council’s policy of automobile insurance limits, and a driving record that meets the requirements for coverage of the council’s business auto insurance carrier.
- Ability to accept guidance and supervision.
- Ability to make decisions and act wisely and calmly in emergencies.
- Willingness to subscribe to the philosophy of the Girl Scout program and enroll as a Girl Scout member
- Comfort and ability to live, sleep, and work in a rustic outdoor environment with irregular hours if living in residence.
- Physical demands and work environment regularly require the employee to walk, hike, and work outdoors in wooded areas and on uneven natural paths.
Equal Opportunity Employer
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