High Adventure Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $38,500




4301 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite M-2
United States



Under general supervision, the High Adventure Specialist is responsible for a broad range of duties relating to the development and implementation of high adventure programs. This position provides staff leadership and support in the areas of high adventure, troop camping, sleep-away, day camp and other Council-sponsored outdoor activities to support volunteers and girls in their participation in and/or delivery of outdoor opportunities. This position involves regular weekend responsibilities.


Responsible for the development and implementation of high adventure programing.

  • Develop and implement high adventure programming on Council properties.
  • Maintains Council-approved certifications in archery, canoe, kayak and challenge course elements.
  • When needed, fills role of trained facilitator for all council-operated high adventure opportunities.
  • Conducts ongoing recruitment strategies to expand access to high adventure facilitators.
  • Works with outside vendors and Council Adult Educators to schedule high adventure certification trainings for volunteer members.
  • Conducts yearly skill verification days for volunteer and paid staff facilitators.
  • Schedules part-time staff and volunteers to facilitate Council-owned and operated challenge activities.
  • Oversees maintenance of Council-owned high adventure equipment to include but not limited to: archery, challenge courses, canoes and kayaks.
  • Oversee registration process for high adventure activities including updating web pages, and responding to participant inquiries.
  • Maintains and expands high adventure vendor list.
  • Support and implement procedures and documentation for compliance with American Camping Association, GSUSA, state regulations and industry standards, as well as Council policies and procedures.
  • Keep accurate records and provides timely statistical reports related to high adventure participants and equipment.
  • Assist Property team on as needed basis with canoe and kayak transportation.
  • Plans and implements high adventure programming to promote and support troop camping including but not limited to:
  • High Adventure Core Camps: schedule, promote, and implement core camps with a high adventure focus.
  • Service Unit Encampments: provides support to the delivery of high adventure programming at Service Unit (SU) encampments and other large scale camping events planned and implemented on the SU level.
  • Program Resources: develops and distributes resources to support volunteers in the delivery of high quality outdoor program.
  • High Adventure Activity Days: schedule, promote, and implement high adventure activity days.
  • Works with teen groups to support adventure based program delivery.
  • Supports the design and implementation of outdoor adventure based program activities incorporating GSUSA program resources.
  • Participates in departmental and council task groups and committees, and serves as a department representative in staff and volunteer meetings to interpret, promote, adventure-based programming and outdoor education issues.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent related work experience.
  • Must be able to maintain certifications in Council delivered high adventure programs.
  • Must be able to work weekends regularly throughout the year.
  • Must possess valid, active driver’s license.
  • Must possess clean driving record without moving violations in the last three years.
  • Must be 21+ years old.
  • Must have access to an automobile for travel within the jurisdiction, including all of the Council camp properties in Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the delivery and supervision on high adventure program elements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of camp properties and principles of their management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of industry standards and safety management of adventure-based programming.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (including but not limited to Word and Excel).
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage a diverse group of individuals with diverse skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with volunteers.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks.


Preference may be given to candidates with experience in Girl Scouting and/or adventure-based programing.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee:

  • Is regularly required to communicate verbally;
  • Must be able to work in an outside environment, where having the ability to walk/hike daily, at various grades, elevations, and on uneven terrain is essential;
  • May sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, walk at a brisk pace on uneven terrain and climb stairs;
  • Will work in the outdoors, which includes regular exposure to heat, humidity, and cold;
  • Will lift, carry, push and/or pull items up to a maximum of 50 pounds;
  • Must be comfortable working at heights.

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Management may, at its discretion, assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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