Girl Scouts of Greater New York Holmes, New York
Job Type Seasonal / temporary


PAY RANGE:   $4,000 - $5,000 for the season

The Ropes Course Director will ensure that the ropes course program is being safely and effectively implemented, which includes safely using equipment, elements, and supervising ropes course staff while they implement ropes course programs. They will also assist the Unit Manager and other Unit Counselors in the coordination and care of the campers and daily camp life while being passionate about the mission of Girl Scouting and understands the great impact camp can have on a girl.


  • Follow GSUSA, ACCT, ACA, and NYSDOH standards and regulations for challenge courses. 
  • Teach specialized trainings during staff week, including putting through willing staff through the low and high courses.
  • Supervise and evaluate ropes course specialists.
  • Conduct in-services on a weekly basis to ensure safety skills, stamina, and knowledge. 
  • Teach games, initiatives, and introductory activities to staff and campers. 
  • Assist in developing and implementing a progression of activities for campers participating in ropes course programs.
  • Provide campers with attainable challenges on the course.
  • Conduct daily inspections of all equipment for safety, good repair, and cleanliness.
  • Maintain records of equipment in the Ropes Course Equipment Log on a daily basis.
  • Live in a unit and assist the other unit staff members with all unit program and supervision of campers.
  • Demonstrate sound problem-solving techniques.
  • Assist campers in emergency situations.
  • Participates in all aspects of camp including staff week and post-camp.
  • Comply with personnel policies.
  • Work as a team player.
  • Set a good example for campers and staff in terms of cleanliness, punctuality, manners, appropriate language, appropriate attire, etc.
  • Subscribe to the mission and beliefs of the Girl Scouts of the USA by becoming a member if not already a member.
  • Provide excellent customer service to other staff members, campers, parents, guardians, and other visitors to camp.
  • Accept other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Camp Director.

Minimum Qualifications in accordance with ACA (American Camp Association), NYSDOH (New York State Department of Health) and GSUSA (Girl Scouts of the USA) standards:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Minimum of 2 years documented experience/training in ropes course facilitation from a recognized organization.
  • Must attend and pass required ropes course training prior to season.
  • Clearance through the Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Check for personnel file.
  • Willingness to place the needs of girls and camp as a priority.
  • Desire and ability to work with and relate to children and peers in an outdoor environment.
  • The acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp and that therefore, work hours are irregular.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and ability to adapt well to changing situations.
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision.


Prior camp experience and/or interest in the Girl Scout Camping program helpful

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.
  • Good health and stamina necessary to work in the camp setting.
  • Ability to stand and/or walk for long periods of time while leading programming.


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Questions? Contact Margeaux Sullivan at Please include “Ropes Course Director” in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls please.
The Girl Scouts of Greater New York are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description.  Any essential function or requirement of this job will be evaluated as necessary should an incumbent or applicant be unable to perform the function or requirement due to a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation(s) for the specific disability will be made for the incumbent or applicant when possible.

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