Temporary 2024 Summer Camp Lead Program Counselor – Sky High Ranch – Girl Scouts of Colorado
Summer Camp Lead Program Counselor at Sky High Ranch
Make a difference in the lives of children and spend an unforgettable summer in the Rocky Mountains! Sky High Ranch is located forty-five minutes west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Activities include arts and crafts, backpacking, boating, horseback riding, zip lining, farm with ranch animals, dance & drama, archery and sports, low-ropes, international cultures, nature and science, astronomy, homesteading, gardening, and outdoor skills. Sky High Ranch is licensed by the State of Colorado and accredited by the American Camp Association.
Summer camp is a great way to add work experience and desirable skills to your resume – especially for those pursuing a degree in education or recreation!
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT: Late May to Mid-August 2024 (approximate dates TBD)
Pay: $540/wk (plus food and lodging valued at $200)
- Employee Assistance Program – 100% Employer Paid.
- Sick Pay in accordance with Colorado Law.
Program Counselor Duties: The Program Lead will assist Program Counselors with overall supervision and guidance related to campers. Additionally, the Program Counselor lives with and provides programming for units of 12-24 campers during 3-day, 6-day, and 9-day residential camp sessions. The Program Counselor will plan, direct, and implement activities in one or more assigned specialty themes each week for a unit of 12-24 campers. Daily and weekly schedules are developed under the direction of supervisors and in cooperation with other unit staff, based on camp program, activity planning, and camp goals. This role works on a team of 2-5 other cabin staff implementing all camp duties and responsibilities in order to support and counsel the unit of campers in daily living, camp activities and developing peer relationships all while carrying out camp goals. A primary function of this, and every other job at the Sky High Ranch, is to ensure that each member, guest and visitor receives the highest caliber of service.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Create and maintain a positive rapport and communication with campers, parents, volunteers, and staff.
- Guide campers in developing peer relationships which includes and appreciates all members and accepts individual differences.
- Get to know assigned campers by reading the parent information, talking to parents, and listening to campers. Consistently show interest in the campers.
- Make sure that each camper has at least one adult counselor who knows them by name, who knows of special problems and parent goals, and whom they can feel cares about them as an individual.
- Work in conjunction with Program Counselors, CITs, PAs, and Volunteers providing adequate support.
- Demonstrate a recognition and understanding of good customer service in all dealings and interactions as an employee of Girl Scouts of Colorado by maintaining constructive relationships with co-workers, camp members, parents, volunteers, and the community.
- Talk to parents to share information, to get input, to reassure them and to promote a positive image of camp.
- Provide support to staff and volunteers as needed.
- Confer regularly with supervisees individually to improve their performance.
- Share information with supervisor that may help improve staff performance, program, or process.
Participate in and provide engaging, educational and fun programs.
- Implement program plans to provide a quality outdoor experience for campers based on camp program goals, policies, and procedures.
- Guide planning, activities, and experiences using a democratic form of government and camper planning appropriate to age and readiness within the framework of camp goals and program descriptions.
- Incorporate camp skills and environmental awareness into the program. Use site resources.
- Help assure the progression of activities within the framework of individual and group interests and abilities.
- Direct and supervise programs that are challenging and appropriate to age, ability, and readiness and which encourage personal growth.
- Coordinate unit plans with those of the entire camp; adapt activities to weather and changing conditions.
- Create and evaluate unit program with campers and staff.
- Supervise campers at meals and all-camp activities. Attend and participate in other camp programs, such as unit campfires and cookouts and sleeping in units as assigned.
- Be prepared with activities for all kinds of weather and/or other changes in the usual routine.
Maintain awareness for an effective implementation of health, safety and emergency policy and procedures.
- Maintain high standards of health, sanitation, safety, and security to prevent accidents and to respond appropriately in emergency situations.
- Use safe practices in all activities in accordance with camp procedures and guidelines.
- Practice and direct good housekeeping and sanitation practices in all areas (including staff areas). Encourage good hygiene practices by campers.
- Use methods of discipline that are appropriate and in accordance with policies of Girl Scouts of Colorado.
- Teach and participate in rehearsals of emergency procedures.
- Notify the Health Team of health problems/concerns of campers or staff. Assure that campers receive medications as directed by the Health Supervisor, including on hikes and overnights.
- See that campers are properly dressed for camp activities.
- Administer first aid until the Health Supervisor or other professionals arrive (if necessary).
- Implement security procedures and inspect site daily for hazards. Alert supervisor to potentially hazardous conditions or security situations and take steps to minimize risk.
- Keep records, write reports, and submit recommendations as directed.
- Maintain, use, and store equipment and facilities properly; report needed repairs. Inventory equipment as directed.
- Respect the confidential nature of all information pertaining to staff, volunteers, or campers.
- Adhere to all safety and security procedures at all times.
- Make staff assignments or request assistance to assure that activities are properly supervised by qualified personnel.
- Assure that campers are properly dressed and prepared for activities.
- Promote positive health practices to keep staff healthy.
Demonstrate responsibility, accountability and overall maturity of judgement.
- Supervise and participate with campers in their activities and kapers.
- Assist Program Counselors by organizing the group, maintaining discipline, and assisting with the instruction if qualified.
- Present a positive image to campers, parents and visitors through attitude, dress, and courtesy.
- Perform other duties to foster a cooperative climate and a smoothly operating camp.
- Open and close unit sites as directed, including cleaning, doing inventory, and moving and storing equipment.
- Participate in pre-camp and in-service trainings, attend staff meetings, and contribute to the planning and coordinating of the work of the total staff team.
- Participate in supervisory conferences and in the staff evaluation process.
- Keep records and files as necessary to carry out the job.
- Complete and submit trip itineraries, food and equipment requisitions, badge work records, and other reports accurately and on time.
Effectively support and supervise staff.
- Teach and model skills of working with individuals and groups.
- Evaluate unit programs with staff.
- Direct and supervise the work of assigned staff, including volunteer staff, and CITs.
- Conduct regular staff meetings to plan and coordinate activities and assignments, to plan for individual and group needs, and to communicate information, and to develop the work group as a team.
- Help coordinate staff schedules.
- Participate in supervisory conferences and in the staff evaluation process.
- Observe and evaluate staff/camper interactions. Share evaluations with supervisees.
- Conduct coaching reports for each supervisee.
PRIMARY CROSS-FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
- Consistently reports to work as scheduled, and in a timely manner.
- In accordance with the philosophy of Girl Scouts of Colorado, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
- Upon first day of employment you will be registered as an adult member of Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO). In becoming a member of Girl Scouts, you will be expected to uphold the policies and guidelines set forward by Girl Scouts of U.S.A. As a role model and representative of GSCO you will be expected to:
- Participate as a professional member of the total staff in providing effective staff service to GSCO.
- Be an active member of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., demonstrating the principles of the Girl Scout Promise and Law in all activities of the job.
- Contribute to positive relationships and demonstrate sensitivity regarding diverse racial, ethnic, and social individuals and groups in GSCO as a whole, and between the diverse individuals employed by GSCO or giving volunteer service..
- Support the efforts and commitments of Girl Scouts of Colorado in pluralism and diversity throughout the organization and within each community served.
- Embrace diversity and inclusiveness by contributing to positive relationships between diverse racial, ethnic, and social groups in the Council as a whole and between employees and volunteers.
Education and/or Formal Training
- High school diploma or GED, preferred.
- At least four years of college or post-high school work experience.
- Must possess, or be willing to obtain, current First Aid/CPR certification.
- Must be willing to obtain any other certification and/or training sessions as required by GSCO.
- Experience leading or creating a program with lesson plans.
- Experience in a specific area such as: Low ropes, zip line, farm/animals, survival, etc.
- Experience teaching children in an informal outdoor setting.
- Experience with encouraging children to take positive risks.
- Experience with group and behavior management.
- Experience with developmental needs of children.
- Experience in record keeping.
- A desire to work with children.
- Experience working with children.
- Experience in working with diverse populations of staff and volunteers.
- Experience with organization and delegation.
- Experience with problem solving and conflict resolution.
- Camp experience as a counselor in any program.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable.
- Adaptable to the camp setting and community life.
- Ability to work as a team member.
- Ability to meet emergencies with good judgement.
- Ability to work with children and adults of diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to recognize potentially hazardous conditions.
- Ability to provide documentation of legal employment status.
- Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
- Ability to provide documentation of legal employment status.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Must be able to work quickly and efficiently.
- Must be able to work well as part of a team.
- Must be able to work well under pressure.
- Ability to maintain personal cleanliness.
- Must be at least 21 years of age and have at least 5 years of driving experience.
- Documented training, experience or certification in program areas which satisfies ACA, ACCT, Girl Scout Safety Activity Checkpoints and/or Childcare Licensing standards where applicable.
- Must pass any and all background checks required by GSCO, ACA, and CDHS.
- Must be able to work non-traditional hours including early mornings, evenings, nights, and/or weekends.
For more information about Sky High Ranch please visit our website!
We encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, including people with disabilities. Our workplace is inclusive, and we strive to create an accessible and accommodating environment for all employees. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding accommodations for disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are invited to interview and require accommodations, please inform us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth and accessible interview experience. If you have questions about accessibility or need assistance with the application process, please contact Human Resources at ca*****@gs********.org or 877-404-5708. We are here to help.
Girl Scouts of Colorado celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse community. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: GSCO is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at GSCO are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations where we operate. GSCO will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.
How to ApplyFor more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website. https://gscolorado.workbrightats.com/jobs/1039455-286035.html
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