Who We Are Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is committed to building girls with courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Our camps serve over 5,000 girls each summer with programs that challenge campers to live outdoors, try new things, and develop relationships.
If you are looking for a summer job that makes a difference, join us in one of the roles listed below. Our Camp locations are:
Resident/Overnight CampsWeekly sessions (beginning Sunday morning through Friday evening) where staff stay on site throughout the program week. Staff may be asked to work with camper programs that occur over a weekend.
Camp Butternut Springs, Valparaiso, IN
Camp Juniper Knoll, East Troy, WI
Camp Pokanoka, Ottawa, IL
Team Roles Camp staff will provide fun, positive and active leadership to campers; facilitate a girl-led camper program, work with all campers’ ages 7-17 who attend GSGCNWI programs, and build a supportive environment where campers can grow, make new friends and try new things. Positions begin early June with staff training, and finish in early August, with opportunities for occasional fall work.
We are seeking candidates for the following positions:
UNIT COUNSELORS: Work directly with campers while practicing leadership skills. Work with co-counselors and the camp team to bring exciting, girl-led program to campers. Primarily responsible for camper care and facilitating camp programs. Unit Counselors will report to Program Leaders.
PROGRAM LEADERS: Coordinates and supervises all aspects of programming in specialty area as assigned by camp director. Coordinates and supervises schedules of specialty area. Supervises assigned staff and works with camp director to lead relevant portions of staff training. Ensures that safety standards are being met in specialty area and manages and maintains records and reports. Is responsible for communicating with other leadership team staff any needs or concerns. Lives in and provides guidance for camper units during the summer to allow for hands-on interactions. This is a multifaceted position with decision-making responsibilities. Program Leaders will report to the Program Director or Assistant Director, dependent on camp location.
21 years of age or older required.
Qualifications and General Expectations (for all positions)
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age or older. Leadership team positions require 21 years of age or older, positions which include potential responsibility for transporting campers require 23 years of age or older with valid driver’s license.
High School Graduation is required
All staff must possess First Aid and CPR certification by the employment start date. Training is provided for camp staff on select dates by GSGCNWI for no fee.
All staff must provide proof of completion of Mandated Reporter training prior to the employment start date.
All staff must submit proof of health physical clearing the candidate for work in a camp setting.
Staff should have prior experience with child care, education, and/or outdoor recreation.
Candidates should be willing to live and work in an indoor and outdoor camp setting, which includes working irregular hours with limited or simple equipment, rustic facilities, wildlife and insects; limited technology while at camp, and daily exposure to sun, rain, and other weather conditions.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is a daily rate dependent on the candidate’s position, age, and experience.
About Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we've made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents.
Our council, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest ...Indiana (GSGCNWI), was formed when 7 councils in Chicagoland and nearby Indiana merged on July 1, 2008. Today, GSGCNWI is one of the largest councils in the country. We're more than 55,400 girls and 21,300 adults strong!
Our dedicated employees work out of 6 Gathering Places and 6 campground properties, and also virtually, to reach girls throughout many counties in Illinois and Indiana. Together with volunteers and interns, we build an environment where any girl can be empowered to define their future. We provide a fun, casual work environment where we offer a comprehensive benefits package. There is also schedule/worksite flexibility to ensure a balanced team that is committed to our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character.
We welcome a diverse staff, and we look forward to meeting you!