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Outdoor Specialized Skills Volunteer

Outdoor Specialized Skills Volunteer

Pathway:  Long-Term Direct Service

Time Commitment: This volunteer position has a one-year term with the possibility of reappointment at the consent of both the volunteer and Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO).

Reports to: Resident Camp Directors, Assistant Outdoor Programs Director

Roles available include:
Archery Volunteer: instructs archery for Girl Scouts either on or off camp property.
Boating Volunteer: instructs boating programming for Girl Scouts.
High Ropes Course Volunteer: instructs high ropes course programming on GSCO camp property.
Rock Climbing Volunteer: instructs or assists with rock climbing programming either on or off GSCO camp property.
Horseback Riding Volunteer: assists with horse events or horse programming for Girl Scouts either on or off GSCO camp property.

The individual who fills this volunteer position will gain a sense of accomplishment, develop transferable skills and connect with the community. Volunteer in this position will continue the practice of their outdoor specialized skill set and keep skills current.

Volunteers will receive training and orientation in their assigned positions according to their skill set and the needs of their role. As well as ongoing support from Resident Camp Director and/or Assistant Outdoor Programs Director.

• Remain informed about and comply with the most current policies, procedures, and guidelines of Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).  Including but not limited to those found in Volunteer Essentials.
• Complete training appropriate for position and maintain certification required for specific activity
• Lead programming with Girl Scouts both on and/or off GSCO property.
• Complete risk management forms (ex: incident reports) in the event of incidents and injuries.
• Assist with event marketing (drafting blog posts, sharing with Service Units, etc.)
• Follow GSCO and Safety Activity Checkpoints policies at all times.
• Follow State of Colorado childcare licensing statutes as well as American Camp Association Standards as directed by council staff and lead volunteers.
• Maintain girl safety at outdoor and camp events.

Qualifications and Core Competencies – Required:
• Accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and register as a member of GSUSA.
• Be an approved adult volunteer with a volunteer application, cleared background check, and volunteer interview on file with GSCO.
• Pass a higher level of background check if volunteering during GSCO Resident Camp programs in accordance with State of Colorado Childcare Licensing.
• Present a positive image of Girl Scouting to girls, volunteers and community members through effective communication, high personal standards of conduct and knowledge of the Girl Scout program and organization. Promote the benefits of Girl Scouting and the importance of making a personal financial contribution and volunteering time to GSCO.
• Willingness to learn about and work with adults and girls with diverse backgrounds/abilities.
• Specific role qualifications/competencies:
     o Archery Volunteer
          - Complete the American Archery Association’s Instructor Course or equivalent
          - Site specific training on archery staffing/equipment requirements and procedures at GSCO properties
     o Boating Volunteer
          - American Red Cross Fundamentals of Canoeing Instructor (for canoeing)
          - Basic Water Rescue Certification from American Red Cross (for all boating volunteers)
          - Other boating required certifications may be found in Safety Activity Checkpoints based on activity.
     o High Ropes Course Volunteer
          - Completion of Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)  Level 1 high ropes course facilitator or equivalent
     o Horseback Riding Volunteer
          - Completion of Arabian Horse Association (AHA) horseback riding certification or equivalent.

Additional Competencies, Skills, or Requirements – Preferred:
• Experience or ability to lead groups in the outdoors.
• Ability to manage safety of girls in the outdoors.
• Outward Bound, NOLS,  or other outdoor leadership course.
• Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder.