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 this 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 75-140 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 700 acres in the foothills of the White Mountains. Camp Natarswi is located in Baxter State Park, over 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 camp properties across the state and serves our 9,000 girls. 

Camp Pondicherry in Bridgton is a spectacular outdoor setting nestled on over 700 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 and we are celebrating our 85th summer this year! 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 we have something for everyone! 

The Employee Experience

Staff and campers spend days taking part in many different activities: sailing, boating, canoeing, paddle boarding, 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 6 week resident camp season. 

The summer camp season runs from mid-June through mid/late August and includes a certification week (if required), 1 week of extensive staff training, 6 weeks of resident camp and 2-3 weeks of troop/family camp programs. Additional staffing opportunities are available during September weekends only. The employment period varies between 7 and 10 weeks.

Ideal Candidate

Camp life is the best life!

  • Are you friendly and caring?
  • Do you like working outside?
  • Are you a team player?
  • Do you like to take on new challenges?
  • Do you want to empower girls to try new things?
  • Are you interested in making a difference in the world?

If you answered yes to these questions, we'd love for you to apply for a position with us this summer! 

Candidates should be enthusiastic, caring adults who are passionate about working with girls. Camp positions require individuals to work long hours, that can be both physically and emotionally challenging. You must have a genuine concern and interest in working with children. Candidates must be at least 18 and have graduated from high school by June 2021. 

Room and Board

Room and board is provided for all staff during the season. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served everyday programming is running through the summer! Leftover food is kept in an employee fridge for staff to access on time off as well. We try to accommodate all allergies and dietary restrictions! 

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

Camp Pondicherry: This could include cabins without electricity and bathrooms, platform tents or farmhouse with bathrooms and electricity. 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.

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 main camp with electricity and a bathroom nearby

Employee Perks

  • Being outside all day in a beautiful outdoor setting
  • Great, friendly people to work with
  • Staff Lounge with wireless internet, TV and limited cell phone service
  • Planned staff trips off-site in camp vehicles
  • Nutritious meals with a variety of options
  • Use of camp facilities and equipment during time off (waterfront access including canoes, kayaks, paddle boards)
  • Access to many hiking trails
  • Onsite training is provided for any certifications required for the position

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 that have personal vehicles can use those to travel offsite during thier time off. Planned trips in camp vehicles will be available for staff without personal vehicles, 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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