Ropes Course Specialist/Unit Counselor

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


PAY RANGE:   $3,000 - $4,500 for the season

POSITION OBJECTIVE:  To assist in the implementing of safe and effective usage of the ropes course elements and equipment. The Ropes Course Counselor is passionate about the mission of Girl Scouting and understands the great impact camp can have on a girl.

REQUIRED: A candidate must be available to attend ALL trainings as needed (June 23rd – June 28th) in preparation for the summer program as well as be available to work for the ENTIRE 8 weeks of camp and clean up (June 30th – August 25th). Additional certification classes may also be required. Those applicants who cannot attend these training dates will NOT be considered.


  • Follow GSUSA, ACCT, ACA and NYSDOH standards and regulations.
  • Teach games, initiative and introductory activities to participants.
  • Teach participants about each ropes course element, including proper use and safety procedures.
  • Assist in developing and implementing a progression of activities for campers.
  • Provide campers with attainable challenges on the ropes course.
  • Reports any accidents/incidents to Ropes Course Director or Health Supervisor.
  • Ensures the proper use and care of all equipment, including recording in ropes log book. 
  • Conduct daily inspections of equipment for safety, cleanliness and good repair.
  • Assist in maintaining records of equipment in the Ropes Course Equipment Log.
  • When not acting as Ropes Course Specialist will live in units as Unit Counselor and will assist in all unit activities.
  • 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.
  • Accepts others duties as necessary by the Ropes Course Director/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 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with children.
  • Must attend, participate in and successfully demonstrate required skills during preseason mandatory ropes course facilitator training in June (date and location to be determined).
  • Demonstrate mastery of skills listed on the Challenge Course Checklist.
  • Clearance through the Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Check for personnel file. 
  • 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.

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.
  • Bending, crouching, kneeling, climbing may all be a part of daily tasks.


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Questions? Contact Margeaux Sullivan at Please include “Ropes Course Specialist” 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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