Summer Camp Counselor
Love working with and having an impact on kids? Have loads of energy and stamina? Interested in education and project-based learning? Ready to take your group management skills to the next level in an amazingly fun summer job?
Summer Camp Counselors are the single most consistent presence in the experience of each Camp Galileo camper, and so have the greatest potential impact on each camper's summer. This responsibility requires careful attention to the physical and emotional safety of each and every camper within a team, and to the overall development and formation of the group as a whole. Learn more about this role and working at Galileo in our jobs video gallery.
We value having divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply.
Galileo's mission is to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. We know it's bold. We also know that we can't achieve it without asking staff to be role models of an innovator's mindset-visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective. It's not always easy. Camp staffers work hard. Very hard. You can expect days in which there's a ton to get done and not a ton of time to do it. But part of what makes our culture great is that no one is too proud to complete any task that needs doing. Our camp staffers bring camp magic to life-for campers, and for themselves.
This isn't your average summer recreation gig. Galileans are expected to take ownership of their own performance and make this place better every day. People with a can-do attitude thrive here and those with a victim mentality don't. We manage to keep this level of performance expectation high in a relaxed environment; we take our work, but not ourselves, seriously.
Being a Galilean means jumping into action to bring camp magic to life. Depending on the day, that could mean donning a tutu for a skit, creating a gorgeous sign that highlights the Galileo Innovation Approach, or playing a board game with two campers to build connection. You've got to know what it means to be a vital part of a team. You've got to want to grow. You've got to like to have fun at work. You have to smile-a lot-and you have to like to laugh. After all, we run summer camps. You get the point.
Position Description SHARED VALUES AND EXPECTATIONS
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
WORK HOURS AND DATES
The camp environment is demanding, requiring intense dedication and work ethic from each staff member. Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary. We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment and contributing to camp's success.
GENERAL CAMP STAFF HOURS INFORMATION:
POSITION-SPECIFIC HOURS INFORMATION:
The camp day runs, on average, 8-9 hours for Summer Camp Counselors. Summer Camp Counselors typically work 7:45am-4:15pm, with some also working Extended Care hours until as late as 6pm.
General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by your Camp Director.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
Founded in 2002, Galileo has grown to over 100 awe-inspiring summer camp programs throughout the Bay Area, SoCal, and Chicagoland, for which we hire close to 3,000 summer staff each year. Our summer staff teams are a diverse community of leaders—the best and brightest current and aspiring educators, college students, artists, engineers, and scientists who can't wait to dazzle and inspire thousands of Galileo campers for 2-8 weeks each summer.