Camp Counselor

Girls Leadership Summer Program

Position Title: Camp Counselors

Reports To: Director of Residential Life 

Nature of the Position: Seasonal and Residential

Dates: June 21 – August 6, 2018

Number of Positions: 3

Program Description:

Girls Leadership seeks energetic Camp Counselors dedicated to girls’ social and emotional development to work at its residential summer program at Mills College in Oakland CA, from June 21 – August 6, 2020. The Girls Leadership Summer Program is divided into three sessions; 2 ten-day sessions serving 6th grade through 8th grade and 1 fifteen-day session serving 9th grade through 12th grade. 

Job Description 

Camp Counselors collaborate with the Residential Counselors and Director of Residential Life to create and foster the extraordinary Girls Leadership residential community and work with all the staff to execute Girls Leadership camp culture. Camp Counselors supervise all aspects of camp life during the day for the girls from lunch, advisory, move your body, electives, and evening activities. They lead electives and move your body, supervise an advisory group, and host evening activities. Camp Counselors must be able to teach and lead an arts & crafts based workshop to host as an elective during camp (example; jewelry making, macrame, improv, dance, writing, drawing etc)

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Create a safe, nurturing, inclusive community that celebrates each girl
  • Role model the values and skills of the Girls Leadership curriculum
  • Camp Counselors live in their own rooms on the same floor with the girls and assist the bunk leaders with dorm life at night. 
  • Create, plan, and lead electives including crafting, jewelry making, dance, book club, sewing, etc
  • Supervise and lead move your body activities like volleyball, kickball, nature walks, dance, etc. 
  • Serve as Camp Advisors and are available to the girls for informal gatherings, hall meetings, and general support.
  • Supervise the movement of the middle school girls between activities on Mills Campus
  • Help organize and facilitate evening activities
  • Supervise non-curriculum day activities, i.e. field trips, ropes course, olympiad etc.
  • Supervise evening dorm time, i.e. dance parties, group discussions, love notes, one-on-one conversations, free time.  
  • Supervise, plan, and facilitate community building traditions like charm ceremony and snail-mail
  • Actively participate in staff and cohort meetings
  • Support arrival and departure days including airport trips, setup, and prep work

Additional Responsibilities Include:

  • Engage in five full days of staff training at Mills College, June 21 – 25th   
  • Engage in 2 days of clean up, pack up and staff evaluation at Mills College as necessary

Sample Schedule 

Morning – off 

Noon – Supervise Lunch 

1pm – Advisory 

2pm – Electives 

3pm – Move your body 

4pm – Free Time

5:30 – Dinner 

6:30 – Evening Activities 

8PM – Supervise Love Notes/Bed prep 

9PM – Night Duty

9:30PM – Lights Out  


Candidates must have two years of college or an associate degree equivalent; have experience working with young people (at other camps, youth service jobs, or organized activities). Ideal for coaches, after-school enrichment educators and facilitators, arts instructors, youth-development mentors. Must have a skill, art, or craft to teach adolescence (i.e. jewelry making, macrame, improv, dance, writing, drawing) . Employment is contingent upon a clear background check, two professional references (one a residential setting), CPR and First Aid certification by June 22, 2020. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • Foster an inclusive residential community through intentional language use, activities, and role modeling;
  • Possess an understanding of culturally responsive approaches and practices within a community;
  • Demonstrate understanding to all girls from various socio-economic and racial backgrounds and care about their personal development;
  • Demonstrate a high level of social and emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstrate the ability to care for oneself during a demanding work schedule;
  • Demonstrate a “can do” attitude;
  • Have experience teaching and facilitating youth in academic or recreational settings;
  • Be passionate about girls’ empowerment and leadership
  • Connect and relate well with girls 5th-12th grade
  • Have the ability to remain flexible and patient in the face of time pressure and multiple demands;
  • Approach crisis management and challenges calmly, creatively, and proactively;
  • Work effectively with others as part of a team;
  • Be open to and participates in professional observation and regular feedback;
  • Have experience in conflict meditation using restorative justice practices (preferred) 


  • $3,600 for 6 weeks of summer program inclusive of staff training, June 21 – August 7, 2020
  • Room and board at Mills College for June 21 – August 7, 2020

To apply:
Candidates should complete the online application and attach resume to their application. Girls Leadership Summer Program Application is available at

Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received. First review of applications will begin the week of February 1st. Position will remain posted until April 1st.