FAQs Staff

What are the qualifications of the staff?

Ports of Prince William is 100% volunteer run and we're proud of their dedication to the Girl Scout Program! We are rather dependant on their numbers though.  Our goal is to have two adults for each Center and each Unit.  Likewise, it is also our goal to have two to four Program Aides (PA's) for each Center and Unit.  All of the adults at camp have completed the GSCNC's Volunteer Appointment Letter Process.  Our Camp First Aider, also a volunteer, is (at a minimum) Level II First Aid and CPR certified.

 

What's a PA?

Program Aides are Teen Girl Scouts who assist the adult Unit Leaders.  We call them our "Program Aide Staff" to distinguish them from our "Adult Staff." Campers in the 8th grade and above must serve as PA's.  Experience as a PA is preferred, but not required.  There is an official GSUSA training program and it is sometimes offered locally prior to the summer.  There is a $20.00 fee for attending as a PA, which covers: camp t-shirt, camp patch, & afternoon popsicles.  These girls are working toward Cadette or Senior Girl Scout Awards such as their Program Aide Patch, Leadership Pin, community service hours, etc.  For more information on the PA program, see the Cadette Girl Scout Handbook or the Senior Girl Scout Handbook.

 

Do I have to be a Girl Scout Leader to volunteer at Ports of Prince William?

No! No previous experience as a Girl Scout or leader is required! You will have to undergo some screening and training, but many of our volunteers are "just moms and dads." For more information, see our Volunteer section.

 

How do you decide staff assignments?

"First come, First served." We'd like to be able to accommodate every volunteer's first choice, but that sometimes is not possible.  We do our very best, but the needs of the camp come first.

 

I'm interested in volunteering as an adult staff member, but I can't attend the training or planning sessions.  Is this a problem?

Well, actually, yes, it is.  Our goal is for you to be a successful member of the leadership team.  An important part of that is having the proper information (provided at the Ports of Prince William training session).  While we don't like to use the "m" word (mandatory), our experience has shown us that volunteers who do not attend this important session are less successful, more stressed out, and "behind the power curve." We have cut the meetings down to the bare minimum.  That means fewer meetings (that's the good news), but attendance is crucial (the bad news).  If you know you can't attend one of the sessions, please tell us when you apply.  It may not affect your acceptance, but it will affect your positions at Ports of Prince William -- we can't afford to have a Unit or Center completely staffed with volunteers who did not attend this session.

 

Will my daughter's unit leader contact us before camp begins?

Yes, either by phone or email.  Every Unit Leader is asked to have a unit meeting at least 2 to 3 weeks before camp starts.  At this meeting, each girl will be given her camp t-shirt and hat or bandana.  They will work on their Unit Flag and possibly their Unit Swaps.  While the girls are at work, it gives parents and the Unit Leader(s) a chance to ask questions and fill out permission slips, if not completed on-line prior to the Unit Meeting.

 


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Session I -- June 26 - June 30, 2017
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Ports of Prince William Day Camp has been in operation for more than 25 years.  The Camp is held at Locust Shade Park, located in Triangle, Virginia across from Marine Corps Base Quantico.  Our all-volunteer camp staff works hard to provide children with an outstanding camp experience for an extremely reasonable price.  Learn more...