Job Application - Girl Scouts Of NYPENN Pathways Inc

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Camp Trefoil Overnight Camp Counselor - New York State

We are looking to fill Overnight Camp Counselor positions at Camp Trefoil for the upcoming camp season.  If you are looking for an opportunity to have fun, learn valuable skills while helping to building girls of courage, confidence and character, this is an excellent opportunity!  Camp Trefoil is in Harrisville, NY, located on the outskirts of the gorgeous Adirondack Park. Campers get the ultimate high adventure and wilderness experience while spending a week in an intimate, outdoorsy setting. Trefoil features GSNYPENN’s only high and low ropes course! With its proximity to the Adirondack Park, Trefoil is a great location for any camper looking to explore the outdoors! Most campers spend their week sleeping in a-frame units, or our famous yurt!


Job Summary:

The Overnight Camp Counselor is responsible for acting as the primary caregiver for their assigned unit campers, including ensuring a safe and healthy environment is maintained, supervising camper behavior, identifying and managing hazards, and promoting the tenets of the Girl Scout Law. The Overnight Camp Counselor is also responsible for teaching, or assisting in teaching, different activities throughout camp.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities: (Additional duties may be assigned)

Assist in the direction, supervision, and organization of campers in their unit, during all unit times, which includes meals, flag, all-camp activities, unit time, and bedtime. 

Lead activities or assist in leading them as assigned. Activities may include: teambuilding games, archery, arts and crafts, hiking, fire building, outdoor cooking etc. 

Apply basic principles of youth development, connect with the campers, and work with campers to create positive and meaningful relationships utilizing communication, respect and empowerment.

Act as a positive role model for campers and fellow staff.

Take an active role in the camp community, by participating enthusiastically in all aspects of camp, including camp traditions.

Strive to provide a fun, exciting, and inviting atmosphere for all campers

Maintain campers’ overall health and safety while at camp, ensuring campers receive medication as needed, alerting the Camp Director and Health Supervisor of any issues, and ensuring each campers’ personal health and hygiene needs are met.

Create weekly schedules for assigned group, with input from campers

Follow all safety procedures and camp rules

Interact with campers’ parents, utilizing strong customer service skills and maintaining good rapport.

Work cooperatively with fellow staff members to ensure a positive camp environment

Assist with check-in and check-out procedures.

Assist with keeping cabin or tent unit and assigned bathroom area clean.

Ensure unit area, bathrooms, and common program areas are clean and ready for the next camp session.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required of all staff.

Adhere to all COVID-19 protocols required by NYS Department of Health and GSNYPENN.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Overnight Camp Counselor does not supervise employees, but does supervise campers.


Minimum Qualification Standards:

Be at least 18 years of age.

Believe in the Girl Scout mission.

Desire to work with children in the outdoors and to immerse one’s self in the outdoor environment.

Prior summer day or overnight camp experience preferred.

CPR/First Aid Certification, or willing to obtain.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  

Excellent verbal communication skills.

Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple projects and details simultaneously.

Possess good character, integrity, patience, sense of humor, enthusiasm, a high level of flexibility, and willingness to be a part of the camp community.

Ability to work productively in a fast paced, stressful environment.


Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to move objects.

Ability (and willingness) to live in a camp setting and work irregular hours.

Walking on uneven terrain, up and down hills for distances up to ½ mile 

Endurance to meet emergency needs


Environmental Conditions:

The employee is subject to inside and/or outside environmental conditions, noise, outdoor elements such as rain, wind, sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.