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Join Our Summer Camp Staff

Imagine camping, hiking, and boating all summer while making a difference! We are looking for passionate, responsible, enthusiastic, creative team-players who are comfortable in an outdoor setting and seek out challenging adventures while advising girls and young women this summer. Everything we do is focused on helping girls grow strong, building a safe community, and having fun.  There will be some long, hot days, but what other job lets you play games, tie-dye, and make s’mores all while forever changing the life of a child?  

Top 5 reasons working at camp is amazing!

  1. You get paid to have fun in the great outdoors
  2. Girls look up to you as a hero!
  3. Room and board is included all summer!
  4. You will make amazing friendships that will last a lifetime! 
  5. The skills you learn will set you on a course for success!  
Camp Life

Resident camp is technology-free and the primary focus is always on camper safety and their EXPERIENCE at all times. This means no cellphones, tablets, laptops, or any other electronic devices around camper. Is it a challenge?  Absolutely! Staff will have a designated WI-FI equipped area to spend breaks and evenings off.

Room and board is provided at Camp Tapawingo, Camp Kiwanis, and Camp Widjiwagan. At Tapawingo housing is rustic, and you may be sleeping in an open-air platform tent for much of the summer. At Kiwanis and Widjiwagan, you will stay in dorm style housing with other camp staff.  Meals are typically similar to school lunches.

Campers are our number one priority, and you will be spending just about all of your time with children! Campers come from diverse backgrounds, and primarily from the Midwest.  Girls come to camp hoping to make new friends and re-connect with old ones, to take on new challenges and escape the many pressures and distractions of the real world. You will need a LOT of energy to keep up with their enthusiasm. You may also be challenged to go beyond your own current comfort zone by leading songs, and hikes, and games coupled with a willingness to be goofy and silly all the while making sure you are connecting with each and every girl ensuring she is making the most of her experience.  This is the most fun you will have honing your own leadership skills and pushing past your own personal boundaries! 

When you fill out your survey at the end of summer, you will note your fellow counselors as one of the greatest parts of the job. You will come from many different places and traditions and join together for one purpose: to enhance the lives of girls. It is life-changing.  Some staff members quietly attend to the details while others are the entertainers of the world. And although they may be strangers to you now, you will have life­long friends at the close of the season.  How do we know?  Read the testimonials below…

Testimonials from Camp Staff

“Working at camp helped me discover my love for experiential education and recreational programming. It also gave me a lot of amazing skills that worked for teaching and for my current career, such as public speaking, program design and implementation, supervising staff, lifeguarding, and so many more! Camp rarely ever felt like "work". I loved being active, being outdoors, and getting to share my passion for summer camp with so many awesome kids.” Rodeo, Aquatics Director

“Camp gave me the people skills and job skills to be successful in many areas! Whether it be working with pediatric patients or being a leader as a charge nurse, camp has really impacted me. You deal with some really amazing and awful things in health care, and I think camp helped me learn how to cope with my emotions, be flexible, and work with others in stressful situations.” Storm, RN currently pursuing PhD in nurse anesthesia.

“Being camp staff helped me learn how to come out of my shell and just be fun and crazy and not care what others perceive me as. As a teacher, it helped me be silly, get to know kids, and I use memories of my camp days to keep myself young and acting young. As a parent I sing camp songs to my kids, love to get messy and dirty with the kids, am super vigilant when we’re at the pool as if I’m still a lifeguard, and I am patiently awaiting the time when my kids will be able to join scouting! Girl Scout camp gave me confidence to plan, lead, be silly, and I made tons of great new friends (many of whom I’m still good friends with 9 years later).”Kanga, High School Math Teacher and mother of 3.

“I learned an infinite amount of life skills [working at camp], like how to work with difficult people by finding a common cause, how to creatively problem-solve to meet the objective in seemingly impossible conditions. Not to mention time management, diplomacy, communication, and administrative skills. The best part of camp was the sense of fun and adventure, the gratification of seeing your kids grow and bond, and the friendships.”Snapdragon, Middle School Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher

Camp Locations

Camp Kiwanis, Mahomet
Camp Kiwanis wooded hidden-gem of a camp located just outside of Champaign, IL. Campers enjoy games, songs, the arts, and discovering the world around them in the Nature Center.  Camp Kiwanis offers both Day camp and a mini-resident camp option that allows young girls to sample overnight camp. Since campers have an overnight stay option, camp staff will have a two-night overnight required during the mini-resident camp option.  Camp Kiwanis offers day camp and mini-resident camp.

Contact Camp Director Amy Frank for more information: afrank@girlscouts-gsci.org.

Camp Tapawingo, Metamora
Camp Tap is a 640 acre stunning property with a have-to-see-it-to believe-it equestrian center, newly renovated aquatic center and serene wooded trails. A beautiful herd of horses and one mini horse named Ricky Bobby proudly call “Tap” home. Campers are learning riding skills, and how to groom and care for horses in addition to enjoying swimming, backpacking and developing leadership skills on the team’s challenge course. Are high ropes, zip-lining and archery enough challenge for you? Day camp, mini-resident camp and full resident camp opportunities offered. 

Contact Camp Director Kailyn Miller for more information: krmiller@girlscouts-gsci.org

Camp Widjiwagan, Springfield
Camp Widji is a wooded lakefront property situated on the shores of Lake Spring­field. “Widji” offers an in-ground swimming pool, wooded walking trails, Conestoga wagon and platform tent sleeping accommodations, archery, a zip line experience and high ropes challenge course. Camp Widji offers both Day camp and a mini-resident camp option that allows young girls to sample overnight camp. Since campers have an overnight stay option, camp staff will have a two-night overnight required during the mini-resident camp option. Day and mini-resident camps are offered.

Contact Camp Director Lisa Wall for more information: lwall@girlscouts-gsci.org

Staff Positions

Assistant Camp Director: Day and Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 21

Responsible for planning, implementation, and direction of camp programs in arts, outdoor education, games, and ceremonies. Assists Camp Director in management of camp operations including supervision and training of camp staff. Must have college credit, successful experience in group leadership and camp programs, ability to identify and respond to hazards, and possess a valid driver’s license. 

Waterfront Director: Day/Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 21

Responsible for organization and administration of all water-related activities including pool and lakefront and supervision and training of aquatic staff. Assigned unit duties as needed. Must possess or receive current American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor certificate or equivalent and lifeguarding certificate.

Unit Leader: Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 21

Responsible for health and safety of campers, supervision of counselors, record keeping, scheduling, and other assigned duties. Works directly with camp staff to plan and implement unit activities and other camp programs. 

Camp Counselor: Day/Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 18

Work cooperatively with Unit Leader to assist in camp operations. Supervise camper behavior, plan and conduct program activities. Must be able to identify and respond to hazards, assist campers in emergencies, and teach and promote respect for others.

Food Service Manager: Day/Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 21

Supervise food service process, personnel, menu planning, ordering, and food storage. Oversee training, manage inventory and records for proper food sanitation. Current Food Service Sanitation Manager certificate required. 

Cook: Day/Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 18

Responsible for food preparation and sanitation practices. Work with support staff to plan/prepare meals. Assist with training and supervision of kitchen aides. Current Food Handler certificate required.

Kitchen Aide: Day/Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 16

Responsible for meal preparation and service, and kitchen cleanliness including dishwashing and sanitation, floor cleanliness and general upkeep of dining hall. Must possess or obtain Food Handler certificate.

Healthcare Manager: Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 21

Responsible for the general health and safety of all campers and staff. Set up and maintain camp infirmary, administer medications and first aid care. Review health histories and needs of all campers each week and serve or be prepared to serve needs appropriately and safely, keep accurate and detailed records. Serve as parent liaison for communication regarding camper health needs. Must possess current (or be in training for) Community First Aid/CPR certification, EMT certification, LPN or RN. 

Horseback Riding Instructor: Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 18

Assist the Horseback Riding Director organize and conduct all horseback riding activities and assist in the care and handling of horses and tack.

Ready to Apply?

Are you ready to have some fun this summer? Be a part of a great experience as a summer camp staff member. You may apply for multiple positions with one application.

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