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Our Philosophy

Each year Girl Scouts of Northern California hires over 250 individuals from all over the United States and even around the world, to bring the magic of summer camp to nearly 4,500 girls. Our camps are designed to provide a unique atmosphere where girls are respected, nurtured, challenged and empowered. Under the guidance of our staff, campers participate in activities that build self-esteem, develop skills, increase knowledge, enhance teamwork & cooperative behaviors, and of course HAVE FUN! Our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association*, which is a national organization that sets high standards for the health and safety of campers and staff and the delivery of quality programs.

We value the role that staff members play in bringing the camp mission to life. Working as a team, we create a caring and supportive environment that respects each child as an individual and allows them to feel good about who they are. We are looking for individuals who share this commitment to making a difference in the lives of girls.

Our Campers

Our campers are all girls who range in age from 6-17 and who represent a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are looking for staff that will thrive and promote our inclusive environment at all of our camps. Girls who attend Resident Camp come from all over Northern California, with some attending from other states. Campers at Camp Metro Day Camp live primarily in and around San Jose. Girls do not have to be in Girl Scouting to register for our summer camps. We also host family programs at 3 of our resident camps, Bothin, Deer Lake and Sugar Pine, where traditional camp activities are available for the whole family!

Training

All hired staff members will have the opportunity to complete an online training series through ExpertOnlineTraining. Leadership Essentialsdesigned by child psychologist Dr. Christopher Thurber, features nearly 100 videos that teach critical leadership skills every staff member needs to effectively deal with intense social, behavioral, disciplinary, and supervisory challenges. You will be assigned videos that relate to your specific job and experience. We strongly encourage all of our staff to complete this before camp to extend the time we have together on site. 

There is an onsite staff training for all of our camps ranging in 5-14 days prior to campers arrival. This is paid staff time and is mandatory for all camp positions. Training includes workshops on health and safety, child development, programming planning and leading, traditions, behavior management, client services, skill verifications, teambuilding, and... the WHAT to do, HOW to do it and WHEN to do it! 

Benefits

Campers are not the only ones to benefit from camp. You will gain amazing experience that can be used throughout your entire life.

  • Experience working with kids
  • Leadership skills and experience
  • Connections and networking not only in the field of outdoor programming, recreations and environmental education, but to those in other fields and industries who know what it takes to thrive (and survive) and summer of camp- you’re sure to impress them

End of Season Bonus

Staff who complete the season in good standing have the opportunity to receive a bonus for approved certifications and trainings they posses before the camp season begins. Examples are: First Aid, CPR, Lifeguarding, Archery, Watercraft, Ropes Course, NOLS and more. In addition to this, returning staff receive a $100 bonus for every previous season they worked. Salaries are listed with the positions and vary depending on the camp schedule. *This bonus is for Council Run Camp Positions only. 

A Summer at Camp vs. the Intern

If you, or someone you know is pondering a summer at camp or an internship… check out this great blog entry posted in The New York Times, The Camp Counselor vs. the Intern.