Adult Volunteer Information

Units will receive some basic supplies such as glue, crayons, etc.  The Units will also be given a budget for the purchase of additional supplies.  The Unit Leaders are responsible for purchasing items, staying within budget and promptly turning in receipts.  Unit Leaders arrive at camp about 15 - 30 minutes before the scheduled camp's starting time, then leave only when all the campers in your Unit have been picked-up in the car pick-up line at the end of the day (typically 15 - 20 minutes after camp has ended).

Each Center sees a Unit once during the week.  The Centers plan activities that are age-appropriate for the Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Boys, and Preschoolers.  The Centers will present their program to the Directors along with budget estimates for approval.  Once the programs and budgets have been approved, the Center Leaders are responsible for purchasing all supplies, staying within budget and promptly turning in receipts.  Center Leaders give a short presentation at a Ports of Prince William training meeting so that Unit Leaders can have an advance viewing of activities for their Unit.  Center Leaders usually arrive at camp about 15 - 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the camp day to set up their center and can usually leave as soon as campers are dismissed at the end of the day.

All Adult Staff will sign a Volunteer Appointment Agreement, which is a contract between Ports of Prince William and the volunteer.  If a volunteer fails to meet their obligation, their children must pay the additional half of the regular camp fee for Ports of Prince William Day Camp.

All adults who work with girls in our Council must complete our Council's adult volunteer process.  If you are a Girl Scout leader in good standing with our Council, you have already completed this process.  The process includes:

  • Register as an Adult Volunteer
  • Fill out Adult Health History Form at the time of registering
  • Complete a GSCNC Volunteer Appointment Agreement

Assigning volunteers to positions at Ports of Prince William is part science and part art! Our goal is to have a smoothly functioning camp with happy campers and happy volunteers.  The Ports of Prince William Adult Volunteer Application gathers a great deal of information that we use to establish Units and Centers.  Positions are determined using several criteria, such as:

  • Early registration request
  • "First come, First served" basis -- the earlier you register, the more likely you will get your request
  • Previous Ports of Prince William experience
  • Adult Girl Scout experience and training
  • Needs of the camp

Here are the different volunteer positions:

  • Daisy Unit Leaders work with units of 15 Daisy Girl Scouts who are rising Kindergartens and 1st graders.
  • Brownie Unit Leaders work with units of 15 Brownie Girl Scouts who are rising 2nd and 3rd graders.
  • Junior Unit Leaders work with units of 15 Junior Girl Scouts who are rising 4th and 5th graders.  Junior Units usually have only 1 adult and 2 experienced Program Aides.
  • Cadette Unit Leaders work with Units of 15 Cadette Girl Scouts who are rising 6th and 7th graders.  Cadette Units usually have only 1 adult and no Program Aides, however, the 7th graders usually assist other units as "Program Aides in Training" in the afternoons.
  • Boys Unit Leaders work with a Unit of boys belonging to the onsite camp staff.  The boys may range in age from Kindergarten to 6th graders.  The ideal candidate has some experience with the Cub Scout or Boy Scout program (but not required) and enjoys dirt in all its forms!
  • Preschool Unit Leaders work with a Unit of preschool boys and girls belonging to the onsite camp staff.  These children are potty trained and may range in age from 2 to 5.  The ideal candidate is a PARENT, has day care experience (but not required) and the patience of a saint.
  • Craft Center Leaders work with all the units on craft projects.  The ideal candidate has the ability to repeat instructions over and over again without going insane!
  • Song/Dance Center Leaders work with all the Units leading the music & dance program.  The ideal candidate can sing all day without going hoarse and is familiar with Girl Scout songs (or at least willing to learn and teach them) and has a tremendous amount of energy and stamina! The use of a personally owned boom box is encouraged and appropriate for this center.
  • Activity Center Leaders work with all the Units teaching a game or physical activities.  The ideal candidate is not afraid to get down and dirty with lots of fun.
  • Fishing Leaders work with all the Units teaching the skills of casting a fishing line and catching fish.  The ideal candidate is not afraid to get wet and smelly while keep a big smile on your face.
  • The Floater is a volunteer who works in camp headquarters helping with camp administrative chores and, if needed, fills in for a unit leader who is absent due to emergency or illness.  The ideal candidate is extremely flexible and enjoys doing different things on a moment's notice!
  • The Camp First Aider works in headquarters handling the minor injuries and illnesses that come with children! The ideal candidate is currently certified in Adult and Child CPR and First Aid (Level II).  Proof of current certification is required.

Once you have applied for an Adult Volunteer position, you may wish to check out our Staff Resources page for handbooks and additional information.


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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...