Girl Scouts of Maine

Sunset on Blueberry Hill at Camp Pondicherry
Last night Campfires
2019 Pondicherry Staff
2019 Natarswi Staff
Singing by the campfire

Come change lives with us in the beautiful Maine wilderness!

Are you interested in helping build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place? Then GSME camps are the place for you! Spend a wonderful summer at a Girl Scouts of Maine Camp! We have two resident camps (Pondicherry and Natarswi) with 30-40 staff and up to 60-100 girls who attend one (1) week to four (4) week sessions during our 5-week season.

Camp Pondicherry is a spectacular outdoor setting, nestled in over 600 acres in the foothills of the White Mountains. Camp Natarswi is located in Baxter State Park, with pond views of Mt. Katahdin.

About Girl Scouts of Maine

In this girl-focused community, campers are encouraged and empowered to try new things, challenge themselves and be who they want to be. 

Girl Scouts of Maine has two unique resident camp programs across the state and serves over 4,000 girls across the state. 

Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton is a spectacular outdoor setting nestled on over 600 acres in the foothills of the White Mountains. Referred to as ‘Pondi,’ the camp offers a private waterfront on Adams Pond and miles of unspoiled woodlands, fields, and trails. With easy access to hiking, beautiful lakes, mountains, quaint towns and only 1 hour from Portland, Pondi is the perfect place to spend the summer. 

Camp Natarswi in Millinocket has a long history of providing a unique camping experience for girls for over 85 years! Camp Natarswi is a true wilderness paradise, providing a one-of-a-kind, rustic, Maine outdoor experience, all in the shadow of majestic Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak. Natarswi hugs the shoreline of Lower Togue Pond, a pristine lake where campers swim and enjoy paddle sports and sailing. Natarswi is located in Baxter State Park, home to awesome trails to hike, caves to explore, waterfalls to see, and peaks to climb.

With activities such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, sailing, mountain biking, creative arts, and horseback riding, Girl Scouts of Maine camps have something for everyone! 

The Employee Experience

Staff and campers spend days taking part in many different activities: sailing, boating, canoeing, paddleboarding, swimming, hiking, camping, archery, rock climbing, arts, nature, songs, games, campfires, and traditional camp activities. 

Camp staff assist in the day-to-day activities in their unit and program areas and help maintain the health and safety of all campers. 

Unit/Program Leaders are in charge of supervising their assigned unit or program area. They plan and develop unit or activity-specific programming. Unit/Program Assistants aid in guiding unit and individual campers in participating successfully in all aspects of camp activities, with an eye towards meeting the needs of each camper. Both positions will work together to develop a girl-driven unit and program area activities.

Each camp has 25-40 staff and 60-130 girls who attend one (1) week to four (4) week sessions during our 5-week resident camp season. 

The summer camp season runs from mid-June through late August and includes a certification week (if required), 1-2 weeks of extensive staff training, 5 weeks of resident camp, and 2-3 weeks of day camp or troop/family camp programs. The employment period varies between 7 and 12 weeks.

Ideal Candidate

Camp life is the best life! We are looking for employees who are:

  • Enthusiastic
  • Caring and thoughtful
  • Engaging
  • Responsible
  • Hardworking
  • Adventurous
  • Ready to make a difference in the lives of girls! 

If this is you, we'd love for you to apply for a position with us this summer! 

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and have graduated from high school by June 2023. 

Room and Board

Room and board are provided for all staff during the season. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served every day that programs are running! Leftover food is kept in an employee fridge for staff to access on time off as well. We work to accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions.

All staff will live on camp in accommodations appropriate for their position. 

Camp Pondicherry: Most unit staff will live 2 to 4 in a platform tent with their co-counselors while the girls live in similar tents surrounding them. Accommodations for some unit staff may include cabins with a nearby bathroom (no electricity). Admin staff may live in the farmhouse with bathrooms and electricity.

Camp Natarswi: Most unit staff will live 2 to 4 in a platform tent with their co-counselors while the girls live in similar tents surrounding them. Staff not living in units live may live in cabins in the main camp with electricity and a bathroom nearby.

Employee Perks

  • Housing: all living expenses (platform tents and/or cabins)
  • Nutritious meals included (special dietary needs/restrictions)
  • Salary: competitive with other camps
  • Paid training and certifications
  • A truly meaningful way to spend your summer
  • Beautiful outdoor setting
  • Waterfront access including use of canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards
  • Access to many hiking trails and amazing natural attractions
  • Wireless internet access during time off
  • Transportation for days off
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Opportunities and resume builder
  • Work with incredible staff
  • Create life-long friendships
  • Memories for a lifetime

Getting Here and Getting Around

Staff are welcome to bring their own vehicles to camp. If you choose to come by bus, plane or train, we will arrange to pick you up in Portland or Bangor and transport you to camp. 

Staff may use personal vehicles to travel off-site during time off. Planned trips in camp vehicles will also be available, so off-site trips never seem to be a problem! Staff can even borrow camp bikes to travel into town. 

For Fun

During weekend time off, staff have opportunities to participate in on- and off-camp activities. Off-camp activities or trips might include whitewater rafting, drive-in movie theater, hiking, and other outdoor activities or unique Maine dining and sightseeing experiences. Some on-camp activities could include; staff campfires, camp activities like swimming, boating, or climbing/high ropes, and themed "Staff Only" weekend activities.

How to Apply

To apply for a position at either Natarswi or Pondicherry please click APPLY HERE to read more, then select the drop-down menu for job postings for the specific location you want to apply to. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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