Girls Scouts - Arizona Cactus Pine Council

Camp Unit Counselor - Arizona

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Job Location

Phoenix, AZ, United States

Job Description

If you enjoy working with children, making a positive difference in the lives of others, challenging yourself with new experiences, and working in a supportive team; a position at one of our camps could be a great fit! You’ll work with experienced camp professionals who will guide and support you as you promote growth and confidence in campers.


Under moderate supervision, provide an effective hybrid, mini resident, and resident camp program by supervising and supporting campers. Unit Counselors coordinate and develop program for a unit of 20-40 girls, ensuring active involvement in all aspects of camp. Supports and encourages self-growth and camper growth and actively promote and support the camps’ mission and goals through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

Reports to: Unit Leader

FLSA Status: Seasonal- Exempt

Essential Functions:


  • Supervise 10-40 girls each session with fellow counselors, providing timely feedback and support.
  • Lead in the planning, coordination, and delivery of camp program specific to your assigned unit.
  • Assist in implementation of “All Camp” events, campfires, and other multi-age group activities.
  • Ensure the active involvement of campers and staff in the overall camp program.
  • Maintain safety procedures as they pertain to the facilities.
  • Ensure the proper care, use, and maintenance of equipment or materials used for camper activities.
  • Participate in pre and post camp, inventory, and general clean-up as assigned.
  • Lead fun and meaningful activities for campers; model constructive and enthusiastic participation in all program areas.
  • Oversee dining hall operation at assigned times to ensure procedures are followed and foster an environment of consistent order for campers and staff.

Staff / Camper Support

  • Complete detailed and thoughtful Camper Highlights forms for each camper in conjunction with the Unit Counselors, Program Instructors and Unit Leaders of your assigned unit.
  • Maintain positive, professional relationships with camper and staff.
  • Place needs of girls and camp above personal desires.
  • Supervise all assigned aspects of the campers’ day including morning wake-up, cabin clean-up, unit program, mealtimes, rest hour, evening activities, getting ready for bed and after-hours duty.
  • Understand and know staff and campers - help them to respect the faiths of others and to appreciate differences and similarities so that campers get the most out of their stay at camp.

Health & Safety

  • Ensure that unit activities are carried out in accordance with safety standards.
  • Observe camper and staff behavior and apply appropriate behavior management techniques.
  • Maintain the cleanliness of the living unit throughout the day and week; including by not limited to camp staff living areas, the bathroom, restocking of necessary supplies, garbage/recycling and campfire areas.
  • Ensure camper health needs are met. This includes and is not limited to: medications being taken on time, allergies and dietary restrictions being managed and respected, monitoring campers’ water intake and use of sunscreen.
  • Be familiar with and instruct others in the council emergency action plan and procedures.

Systems / Communication

  • Maintain strict confidentiality and professionalism when handling sensitive information regarding campers or staff members.
  • Instruct staff and campers in established emergency procedures such as fire drills, evacuations, etc. and understand your role in crisis management.
  • Adhere to established routines, schedules and procedures for camp operation.
  • Maintain clear and positive verbal communication with all campers, co-workers, and parent/guardians.
  • Collect camper stories for camp social media purposes.

Positive Relationships

  • Honor diversity by ensuring that all materials, activities, and programs are sensitive to and reflective of the interest, values, and needs of people of all campers.
  • Provide a high level of customer service with caregivers, staff, community and vendors.
  • Recognize and respond to opportunities for problem solving within the staff and camper groups.
  • Address conflicts between staff and/or campers and communicate with administrative staff daily.
  • Support and promote campers and fellow staff to take risks and seek challenges.


  • Desire and ability to teach, work and relate successfully with children and staff.
  • Ability to effectively supervise the coordination of a variety of program activities in a camp setting.
  • Ability to work with persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Leadership / Followership skills.
  • Ability to learn and willingness to develop skills in a variety of program activities.
  • Ability to think and act calmly in a crisis.
  • Demonstrate compliance with all Camps rules, policies, and procedures in a positive manner.
  • Demonstrated maturity, sound judgment, integrity and flexibility.
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience and self- control.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications:

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification (onsite training provided).
  • Ability to function as part of a camp staff team, sharing concerns readily with supervisor.
  • Ability to communicate with and provide direction to, staff and campers of varying age and skill levels.
  • Cognitive and communicative ability to manage multiple areas of camp program and operations.
  • Knowledge of common camper illnesses and proper sanitation in group living communities.
  • Ability to identify and respond to environmental and other hazards related to camper supervision.
  • Ability to keep accurate, legible records.
  • Possess mental and physical strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to share living quarters with other staff in the outdoors which may include, but not limited to directly on the ground, primitive camping, rustic cabins, or dormitory cabins.
  • Must possess strength and endurance, and emotional well-being required to maintain constant supervision of campers.
  • Ability to go without personal electronic devices for a number of days at a time while on duty.
  • Prolonged standing, some bending, stooping, walking long distances, hiking, climbing, and stretching; requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate outdoor equipment and camp activities; requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to record, prepare, and communicate appropriate camper activities/programs and the ability to lift up to 20 lbs.; with daily exposure to the sun, heat, and animals such as bugs, snakes, bats, etc.


Location: Phoenix, Arizona, US

Posted Date: 5/22/2023
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