Are you looking for a summer job that will leave you with a sense of empowerment, a positive outlook on life, and skills that will benefit you for years to come? Apply for a summer camp position with GSCSA!
Counselors are the primary caregivers for each camper. The Counselor is responsible for planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. Campers are rising 1st-12th graders.
Junior Counselors are the secondary caregivers for each camper. The Junior Counselor is responsible for assisting in planning, teaching, coordinating, and carrying out activities led by Counselors and guiding campers in their personal growth and daily living skills. Assigned to units with 1st through 5th graders.
This position offers the opportunity for someone who enjoys working with others, creating healthy, fun meals and snacks, and working with children. Must have the ability to be flexible and attentive to the needs of all team members and guests, has experience in foodservice production, and is open to learning and assisting in teaching others about nutrition, food preparation, menu planning, and preparation of all types of food. Ensures memorable dining experiences for guests during the summer and some weekends throughout the year. Because of the seasonal work this position offers, it is imperative that applicant agrees to be committed to the schedule he/she agrees to work, and the understanding of being punctual for all shifts are required.
Note: GSCSA may make adjustments to scheduling and/or employment practices based on CDC guidance.
Camp Tanasi is located near Andersonville on Norris Lake in East Tennessee. Camp Tanasi is 461 acres of beautiful wooded property with cabins and tents, a waterfront program area, pool, archery, hiking trails, and a climbing tower. We are located about 30 minutes from Knoxville, Tennessee.
Our campers come from both the three metro areas we serve in our council, (Johnson City, Knoxville, Chattanooga) and the surrounding counties in East Tennessee, southwest Virginia, and northwest Georgia.
Great! We offer training in all of our specialized areas; like aquatics, archery, adventure, climbing tower, wilderness, and leadership development. All staff will participate in one week of on-site training, plus weekly in-service and specialized training for their role, if applicable.
There are about 15 "waking hours" in a day. If those hours are spent instructing an
activity. The rest of the time, you are with your own campers. Meal times, rec time, rest hour, evening programs, etc. are spent with the girls in your own group.
We know for you to be an effective counselor that you need to take time for yourself. We want you to be fresh and invigorated. Specifically, you receive each full work day. During that time, you are free from activities with children and may do laundry at the provided facilities, take a walk, or watch a movie. Of course, you may opt to just read quietly or take a nap. In addition, you receive each Saturday off, unless you are with the CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program. When you're on, be ready to work. But when you're off, use your time wisely.
Staff shirts must be worn each day. You will be provided with a uniform shirt for each day (6 total) and given a choice between short- and long-sleeved shirts. Having a neat and clean personal appearance is important because you represent and role model Girl Scouts to our young girls, and GSCSA reserves to right to ensure personal appearance and dress are appropriate Girl Scout attire. If you are teaching art, for instance, you are certainly free to wear walking shorts or other types of shorts/pants as long as they are neat and have a minimum of a 5-inch inseam. Navy bottoms (shorts, skirts, pants) are required on check-in and check-out days. Sneakers or sports sandals like Keens are the normal footwear. When in main camp or activities, closed-toe shoes with socks are required. Sandals are only allowed in aquatics activities or in your unit.
We insist on a neat appearance for all counselors. Facial piercings, gauges, rings, or piercings on any body part other than the ear are not permitted with the exception that one small clear plastic (not shiny) stud may be worn in the nose. Ear piercings are limited to two pairs. Counselors must be clean shaven or well-groomed. Counselors must have a natural hair color while at camp. Counselors must be willing to cover any visible tattoos and have the option of choosing a long-sleeve staff shirt in order to do so.
Employees seeking religious or disability accommodations may contact human resources.
No, Camp Tanasi is a non-smoking campus. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking.
We are proud to say about 40 percent of our staff return annually. We are happy to tell you that about 85 percent of our campers return as well.
Each camp day is unique! Camper activities are determined by their program schedule and staff are assigned by the camp leadership team. Most staff have a varied schedule, which helps in keeping each day fresh and exciting. Those with activity certifications will get to utilize them each week, but the specific schedule may vary.
Below is a description of a typical day:
Following wake-up, flag ceremony and breakfast, each camp group joins together for morning "kapers," a unit clean up time. Campers go to two morning activities. Each morning activity block–about one hour long–would see two separate camper groups until 12:15.
Following morning activity, there is a buffet lunch and "turtle time" or quiet time to relax, read and spend time with the campers with whom you live. You will have approximately two hours off duty at some point during the day.
Following rest time, there are two additional activity periods similar to the morning.
After dinner, you are with your group for evening program and until your unit goes to bed. Evening programs range from theme dinners to campfires and all camp activities. Camper bedtime is from 9:00 to 11:30, based upon age.
Weekly themes, hikes, inter-camp competitions, theatre productions, etc. make up some of our special activities and events.
The weather in east Tennessee in the summer is typically humid and warm. You can expect daily temperatures with highs in the 90's and nightly lows as cool as the mid-70's. Sometimes we have thunderstorms. This is a natural camp environment with insects and wild animals (we're home to lots of turkeys, deer, small mammals, and the occasional bald eagle!).
Our facilities are well-maintained, and we have maintenance staff on property all summer to keep things running smoothly. Please prepare to hydrate well and dress appropriately to stay cool.
Tanasi is separated into five distinct units:
Each unit is headed by a Unit Leader who is in direct charge of a unit.
Working and living at camp is an expense-free summer and staff may conceivably leave at the end of the season with their entire net salary. In addition to salary, staff are provided with 6 staff shirts, and room & board. Staff are welcome to use the laundry facilities free of charge and we even provide the soap!
The demands of living with a group of children are great. At Camp Tanasi, there is a staff-only lounge building with a full kitchen, fridge, with phone accessibility. You have access to this during your time off, and this is also where the laundry facilities are located.
Good. Really! We cannot accommodate special diets beyond gluten free, vegetarian and nut free; we have extensive salad bars, fruit available at most meals and variety at all meals. Our chefs are experienced and are proud of their homemade cinnamon rolls, specialty sides and desserts, as well as their appetizing main courses. Campers and staff leave Camp Tanasi saying that the food is great.
There are no services and our program is not geared toward any religion. We welcome campers and staff from all backgrounds and beliefs, and we do not allow anyone to share or try to persuade others towards their own political or religious beliefs while at camp.
Yes, we hire male property, program, and kitchen staff. Male staff have separate housing and do not serve as counselors within sleeping units and do not enter sleeping units.
No, we have limited positions for staff who work in the kitchen or manage an activity (e.g., archery, tower) and then go home at the end of the day.
Camp is very structured and demanding. We like to say it is "the toughest job you will ever love." While our campers are on property, our responsibility for them is 24-hours a day. If you are interested in joining our staff, please give all the information herein careful consideration. We will contact you right away about the availability of a position and arrange a personal interview or video call about the possibilities of being a counselor at Camp Tanasi.
Our leadership staff believe in safe, fun, challenge experiences for girls to help them learn and grow. If you love the outdoors and want to help us teach leadership skills to girls, then this is a great fit for you!
EEO/Drug-Free Workplace/E-Verify. Drug testing required.