Our campers treasure the relationships and sense of community they develop with staff. Likewise, working at one of River Valleys’ Girl Scout Camps is a unique experience that will have a positive impact on you for the rest of your life. Your passion can make a difference in the lives of girls!
We hire camp staff from Minnesota and Wisconsin, the greater Midwest, and all over the world. Working at our camps takes a special kind of person! Read on to see if you be a good fit for our camps or learn what a day in the life of staff is like.
You’ll be a great fit to work at our camps if you…
Can commit to a schedule and work the entire summer.
We count on you to be at camp from the start to the end of the summer. We accommodate time off on a first-come, first-serve basis. Days off may be spent in or out of camp. Many staff members plan outings or activities together on their day off. Camp staff members enjoy up to two hours off every day, which is spent in camp, and one day off each week. Most days start early and end late, so natural energy and enthusiasm will go a long way!
Attend training before camp.
Depending on your camp and position, you will arrive in early or late June to attend training on topics such as safety, homesickness, girl advocacy, risk management, and more. You’ll also have site-specific training to prepare for the arrival of campers and activities offered at camp.
Are friendly and calm, especially under pressure.
River Valleys expects camp staff to have a friendly attitude toward girls, parents, and other staff by smiling and greeting everyone you meet, getting to know others, and welcoming all girls who are attending camp to ensure they feel a sense of belonging. Girls will look up to you and see you as a role model.
Are a team player.
You will be living in tight spaces and working with the same people all summer. Sometimes you may be tired or under stress, but your co-workers and your campers will count on you to be there for them 100% of the time. At camp, staff always need to see the cup as half full and not let a bad day affect those around you.
Love working outdoors.
We have modern facilities, however, you will be regularly exposed to natural allergens, insects, animals, weather, etc.
Are good at switching gears.
All staff need to be ready and eager to help with all areas of camp at any time! Poor weather might change your entire day of plans, and you’ll need to adjust with a smile.
Are willing to learn new things.
Parents look to us to be camp experts! You’ll need to learn about leading groups of girls and keeping them safe and happy.
Are willing to follow a dress code.
We get it, it’s camp, but staff still need to look neat and professional at all times. This is not always easy when doing your laundry seems like it takes hours and the space to store your clothing is very limited.
Are willing to disconnect from technology.
Each Girl Scout Camp has access to the Internet for staff members, but time is very limited. Phone use is for emergencies only. Staff may bring their own cell phones, but use is limited to when staff members are on their time off, only. All staff are asked not to have their cell phones in front of campers at anytime.
Pay attention to the little things.
It doesn’t take much to make a BIG difference at camp—a warm smile, a chat with someone sitting alone, a second to pick up litter. These acts create the positive and inviting culture and environment we strive to offer all campers.
Live by Girl Scout Promise, Law, and Mission at camp.
The Girl Scout Promise and Law are the ways Girl Scouts agree to act every day toward one another, other people, and the world. Camp staff will need to become Girl Scout members and therefore abide by the Promise and Law.