Girl Scouts San Diego Challenge Course Specialist in San Diego, California

Challenge Course Specialist

  • Job Tracking ID: 512393-621319

  • Job Location: San Diego, CA

  • Job Level: Any

  • Level of Education: Any

  • Job Type: Seasonal

  • Date Updated: May 17, 2018

  • Years of Experience: Any

  • Starting Date: June 14, 2018

  • Classification: Seasonal

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Job Description:

Girls Scouts San Diego welcomes girls every summer to Camp Winacka, for a summer of new adventures, fun, and making lifelong memories. Camp Winacka is a traditional rustic camp with spectacular views offering programs focusing on aquatics, horses, arts and adventure. Campers and staff sleep in open-air cabins with built-in bunk beds, platform tents with bunk beds or on cots under the stars.

In conjunction with Challenge Course Director, plans and coordinates facilitation of high and low ropes courses; oversees equipment management and serves as support facilitator.

This seasonal position begins June 14th and ends August 18, 2018. A daily salary, meals and lodging are provided.


  • Oversees high and low ropes course equipment, usage and facilitators.

  • Teaches staff and campers the skills necessary for a fun and safe experience including personal and group health and safety, care and use of equipment, emergency procedures, etc.

  • In conjunction with challenge course director, supervises all activities connected with the Challenge Course to ensure safety of participants, including but not limited to, executing safe and effective programming, using good judgment when making independent decisions and instructing participants in the proper use of all course elements and equipment.

  • Cultivates learning among participants and groups, including technical skills as well as the experiential aspects of the course. Facilitates participants processing experiences in order to integrate what has been learned.

  • In conjunction with challenge course director, completes inspections and post-course reports in a timely manner.

  • Works as team with other facilitators in planning, facilitating, operating and evaluating the course.

  • Develops and leads teambuilding sessions as scheduled with Unit Staff.

  • Collaborates with unit directors and program specialists with supplies, equipment, staffing and activities.

  • Ensures that all challenge course activities comply with Safety Activity Checkpoints and ACA requirements.

  • Responsible for inventory, inspection, repair and check in/out of camp equipment related to challenge course activities.

  • Develops and delivers a Challenge Course program that is appropriate to the age and abilities of the campers. Ensures appropriate progression of all activities.

  • Assists with luggage delivery and camper pick up and drop off on change days.

  • Maintains clear and positive written and verbal communication with all internal and external clients.

  • Contributes to the diversity emphasis of the council by ensuring that all materials, activities and programs are sensitive to and reflective of the interest, values and needs of persons of all racial/ethnic groups, cultures, religions and abilities.

  • Performs physical tasks of position, including but not limited to tying specific knots, belaying campers, moving from element to element, setting up and taking down climbing ropes and climbing structures, as needed.

  • Transports campers and staff, as needed.

Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent leadership organization for girls, building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Join Girl Scouts San Diego if you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging summer adventure!

Experience and Skills:

  • ACCT Level 1 certification, or documented experience of 2-3 years of rock climbing and/or challenge course facilitation.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must be able to obtain current First Aid/CPR certification by first day of campers’ arrival.

  • Must submit health history record prior to first day of work.

  • Attends staff and in-service training during the summer.

  • Ability to interact with all age levels.

  • Valid drivers’ license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation. Daily and/or occasional travel may be required. Must be comfortable driving narrow, winding mountain roads with passengers in mini or cargo vans.