Summer Camp Head Cook
Girl Scouts of Western New York - Cattaraugus, NY

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To prepare and serve all camp meals in compliance with GSUSA, NYDOH, OSHA, Food Bank of Western New York and ACA standards and regulations.

Essential Functions:

  • Attend mandatory supervisors weekend in May (date and time to be determined)
  • Plan menus that are nutritionally balanced for both “regular” and “vegetarian” type eaters, staff and campers alike.
  • Serve 3 meals a day plus snack and assure that all meals are served on time.
  • Assist with food preparation and serving of all meals.
  • Assist with all aspects of maintaining a clean kitchen. (i.e.: washing pots and pans, sweeping and mopping of floor, removal of trash)
  • Overseeing and assisting with filling out cookout requisitions.
  • Provide the same quality of food for all the sessions of camp.
  • Work with the Health Supervisor to accommodate campers and staff with dietary restrictions, special needs or food allergies. Maintain confidentiality in compliance with HIPPA.
  • Work within the budget set by camp.
  • Make purchases in consultation with the Camp Director or in his/her absence the Assistant Camp Director.
  • Check food delivery against food orders.
  • Keep accurate records of all kitchen items, food purchases, appliance repairs and food returns throughout the summer.
  • Utilize products from the Food Bank of Western New York whenever possible.
  • Supervise kitchen staff: 2 Assistant Cooks (when applicable) and 3 Kitchen Aides.
  • Complete mid and end of season evaluations for direct reports.
  • Plan daily work schedules for kitchen staff, according to time preparation and serving of all meals. Please adhere to NYS and Federal labor laws regarding number of hour’s staff under 18 can work. (maximum of 10 hours)
  • Establish and maintain procedures for snack, cookouts, overnights and extended trips.
  • Maintain kitchen and food storage areas in compliance with GSUSA, ACA, OSHA, Food Bank of Western New York and NYSDOH standards and regulations.

Note: All cookout food that needs to be refrigerated must be placed in a cooler with ice. All meats used in cookouts must be pre-cooked. (i.e.: chicken, beef, hamburger, bacon, etc.)

  • Work with Program Director to coordinate meals around special events (i.e.: Green Eggs and Ham breakfast).
  • Make an inventory of food supplies during the last weeks of camp and order accordingly, so as not to have a remaining inventory at the end of the season.
  • Submit a final report of all inventories and records (i.e.: menus, meals served, food purchased, etc.) at the end of the season to the Camp Director.
  • Ensures the proper use and care of all equipment.
  • Lead by example.
  • Emphasize safety.
  • Follow all ACA, GSUSA, OSHA, Food Bank and NYSDOH standards and regulations.
  • Participates in all aspects of camp including pre-camp, open house and post camp.
  • Attends staff meetings when scheduled/necessary.
  • Apply behavior management techniques to conflicts with children when necessary.
  • Report incidents/accidents to supervisor or health supervisor immediately.
  • Report suspected child abuse to supervisor immediately.
  • Accepts other responsibilities as deemed necessary by the Camp Director/Assistant Camp Director.


  • Willingness to abide by the policies and practices of the Girl Scouts of Western New York Inc.
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Experience in quality and quantity cooking, food managing, maintaining food inventory within budget.
  • At least 2 years supervisory experience.
  • At least 2 years in operating a full working kitchen. If familiar with all NYSHD, OSHA and NYSLL regulations and law.
  • Must have sound judgment in anticipating and preventing accidents, and act calmly and quickly during emergencies.
  • Certified Sex Offender Registry and Criminal Background Checks will be completed for personnel file.
  • Demonstrate the ability to guide/supervise children and adults.
  • Desire and ability to work with and relate to children and peers in an outdoor environment.
  • Current certification in First Aid and CPR or individual is willing to complete certification course during designated training day.
  • Prior camp experience and/or interest in the Girl Scout Camping program.
  • Willingness to place the needs of girls and camp above personal desires.
  • Good health and stamina necessary to work in the camp setting.
  • The acceptance of irregular work hours.
  • The acceptance and understanding that employment is at a resident (overnight) camp.

Physical Requirements:

  • Demonstrate the ability to operate industrial kitchen equipment.
  • Assist the campers in emergency situations.
  • Lift 35 pounds.
  • Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of campers.
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, self-control and ability to adapt well to changing situations.
  • Participate in structured and unstructured activities.
  • Provides excellent customer service to other staff members, campers, parents and visitors to camp.
  • Accept and follow directions both in verbal and written form.