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Join Our Summer Camp Staff

We look for responsible, enthusiastic, creative team-players who are comfortable in a rustic outdoor setting and seek out challenging adventures. 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? We provide training, certifications, leadership opportunities, and room and board at most camps. You’ll gain leadership experience, lifelong friends, problem-solving skills, confidence, and be part of a great team of leaders guiding young women to success. Think you’re up to the challenge of changing lives? 

Life as a Staff Member

 

Our camps are 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!  That’s what camp is all about! 

Room and board is provided at Camp Tapawingo, Camp Kiwanis, and Camp Widjiwagan. Housing is rustic, and you may be sleeping in an open-air platform tent for much of the summer. The bugs, heat, and rain will likely be a part of your experience working at camp.  Meals are typically similar to school lunches – that means LOUD, fun and served family-style in our dining halls. Staff will have a designated WI-FI equipped area to spend breaks and evenings off.

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 a very long hot 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

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois camp staff alumnae have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, members of the Peace Corps, recreational camp directors and more. Some are still studying forensic science, nutrition and counseling, criminal justice, botany and educational science.  No matter your desired career path, camp helps develop skills that you WILL need to succeed.

Camp helped me learn about who I am, and who I want to be. It also helped me learn how to deal with stress, lack of sleep, leadership, communication, and how to have fun.” –Curly Q

"Camp has given me the skills necessary to become a successful teacher and Site Supervisor. I gained leadership skills, confidence, and interpersonal skills that are necessary when working with both children and adults.” – Sunny

“I face challenges more confidently. I am more knowledgeable about nature and outdoor activities. I have used my experience working with children of all ages and cooperation with staff in many aspects of my life.” - Luna

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.

Camptastic, Decatur
Camptastic is a day camp launched from the Decatur Urban Program Center where girls can harness up for the  climbing wall, don an apron in the teaching kitchen, stretch their brain muscle in the STEM lab, and run, jump and play in the fenced in camp area in the middle of the city! And that is all offered in addition to the field trips. Camptastic only offers day camps.

Contact Camp Director Tina Owens for more information: towens@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 Chloe Machula for more information: cmachula@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 Available

Seasonal Camp Director: Resident Camp
Minimum age requirement: 21

Plan and direct the operations of camp. Coordinate camp staff training, plan camp activities, supervise staff and oversee the development and implementation of the Girl Scout program in all areas of camp within the guidelines estab­lished by Girl Scouts of Central Illinois & American Camping Association standards. 

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: 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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