Summer Camp Staff

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Camp staffing is a fun summer job...with lots of responsibilityWhen you become a staffer, you join an outstanding teamStaffers get to do a LOT of things, like lead songs......help Scouts learn new skills......coach others and help them master new things...

Cascade Pacific Council hires 300 enthusiastic camp counselors annually to serve as handicraft assistants, sports instructors, shooting sports assistants (archery, .22 caliber rifle, BB gun, skeet and black-powder), trading post operators/managers, maintenance and food service assistants, nature instructors and Scout skills instructors, lifeguards and horse wranglers.  These staff members serve at ten day and resident camps throughout Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington.

 

On this page:

Positions Available

Summer Camps Explained

Age & Other Requirements

How to Apply

 

Why Apply for a Camp Staff Job?

Here are a few of the countless reasons that are frequently expressed:

  • To make lots of new friends in your area, other states, and even other countries
  • To spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails
  • To acquire experiential education (learning by doing) and new skills that will last a lifetime
  • To be part of an effective team and to cooperate with others to get things done
  • To learn how to lead others and to apply leadership skills
  • To undertake and fulfill meaningful challenges and to earn the satisfaction of doing a job well
  • To work with youth and adults of all ages
  • To serve others (the most noble and fulfilling pursuit of all)
  • To give something back for the opportunities you have received
  • To live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Scout Law
  • To have the advice, counsel, and support of senior staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed
  • To be paid and receive food and lodging in return for something challenging and fun
  • To be considered for jobs of greater responsibility and to receive letters of recommendation for other pursuits 

 

Why work at a fast food or retail establishment that focuses on sales when you can have opportunities like these that will prepare you for more meaningful endeavors?

There are many summer jobs available; we hope you'll consider a fun and rewarding camp staff position.

 

Positions available.........................................................................................

Updated September 19, 2012

Camps are seeking staff members for numerous positions, including these:

Program Staff Members (ages vary) - assist area directors in providing quality learning opportunities for campers, and assist with general program and camp operations throughout each session.  

Support Staff Members (ages vary) - assist in various behind-the-scenes areas such as facility maintenance, foodservice operations, trading post operations, etc. Assist with general program as needed each session.

Camp Cook (age 21+) - manage foodservice operations and provide outstanding meals to campers and staff.  Minimum food handlers card, preferable to have Food Manager Certification such as FoodSafe.

Camp Medic (age 18+, requires medical training) - provide health services to campers and staff.  Must be an EMT, Paramedic, RN, LPA, Physician, PN, NATA trainer, Wilderness First Responder, or Military Corpsman.

Summer Ranger (age 21+) - manage maintenance projects in camp during the summer, working with an assigned year-round ranger to carry out planned projects.  Work with adult leaders in camp who wish to work on service projects for the camp.  Ensure safety of equipment and facilities for campers and staff.


For age requirements and information about the various camps, please scroll down this page.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF…A JOB WITH CHARACTER!

 

Summer Camps Explained:

Cascade Pacific Council operates three types of camps: Day Camps, Cub Scout Resident Camps, and Boy Scout Resident Camps.

Day Camp is a 5-day camp that operates during the day only. It is attended by dens or packs of Cub Scouts (boys in grades 1-5) that rotate from station to station to participate in BB gun shooting, archery,crafts, games, nature hikes, cooking, and other activities. The Day camp season is usually shorter than resident camp and offers an opportunity to continue evening activities through the summer. Day camp staff go home at night and return each morning. Day Camps that the council operates include:

Discovery (Happy Valley/Clackamas)

Ireland (Hillsboro)

Lewis (Battleground)

Cub Scout Resident Camps serve boys ages 8-10 who attend resident camp with their local Scouting group and leaders. Resident camps operate from three to five days at a time. Full time camp staff, hired to work all season, provide leadership and support to such activities as nature studies, handicrafts, aquatics, horsemanship, oceanography, campcraft (knots, lashings, cooking etc.) shooting sports, field sports and high adventure. All resident camps have complete food service and maintenance operations. Staff are hired in support roles, such as maintenance, dishwashers and trading post (camp store) operators. Staff live on-site all summer long at these camps. Cub Scout resident camps that the council operates include:

Adventure Cove (Oregon Coast), a 5 night camp

Cub World (Portland), a 2 night camp

Gilbert Ranch (Scotts Mills), a 2 night camp

Boy Scout Resident Camps serve boys ages 11-18 (Boy Scouts) who attend resident camp with their local Scouting group and leaders. Resident camps operate Sunday through Saturday. Full time camp staff, hired to work all season, provide leadership and support to such activities as nature studies, handicrafts, aquatics, horsemanship, oceanography, campcraft (knots, lashings, cooking etc.) shooting sports, field sports and high adventure. All camps have complete food service and maintenance operations. Staff are hired in support roles, such as maintenance, dishwashers and trading post (camp store) operators. Staff live on-site all summer long at these camps. Boy Scout resident camps that the council operates include:

Baldwin (Mt. Hood)

Cooper (Coast Range)

Meriwether (Oregon Coast)

Pioneer (Mt. Jefferson Wilderness)

 

Please download and return your application now to get on the applicant list, and we'll send you a reminder about interviews.

 



Age Requirements

Due to federal and state employment laws and BSA National Camp Standards, there are minimum ages for applicants:

Age 14 by June 15: can only serve at day camps (Discovery, Ireland, Lewis) and only as volunteer (unpaid) staff-in-training.

Age 15 by June 15: can serve as full-time, paid staff at day camps (Discovery, Ireland, Lewis) -OR- Age 15 can serve at overnight camps (Baldwin, Meriwther, Pioneer, Cooper, Cub World, Gilbert Ranch, Adventure Cove) only in a volunteer (unpaid) staff-in-training position. This is a fantastic way to get your foot in the door for a full-time position next summer.

Age 16 by June 15: can serve in any camp as a full time, paid staff in one of many positions.

Age 18 by June 15: can serve in any camp as a full time, paid staff in one of many positions, including management positions with a minimum age of 18 such as bb-gun director, archery director, health officer, commissioner, ecology/conservation director, and others.

Age 21 by June 15: can serve in any camp as a full time, paid staff in one of many positions, including management positions with a minimum age of 21 such as program director, head cook, aquatics director, horseback riding director, chaplain, shooting sports director, climbing director, and others.

Age 25 by June 15: can serve in any camp as a full time, paid staff in one of many positions, including camp director. Camp directors are selected in October for the following year.

Membership Requirement

All summer camp staff, whether volunteer or paid, must be a current member of Boy Scouts of America. Applicants over age 21 must apply as an adult and successfully pass a criminal background check.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Cascade Pacific Council is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with the policies of the Boy Scouts of America, the rules for acceptance and participation in the camp programs are the same for everyone without regard to race, creed, color, gender, national origin, or physical disability.

How to Apply

Applying for a summer camp job is easy!  1) Download Application  2) Mail it in!

Interviews are held the first weekend in February!  Please mail in your application - we'll deliver it to the camp of your choice. The Camp Staff Info Flyer includes details on interviews, with times and maps. 

Questions

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Download Application

 Please download the camp staff application, fill it out and mail to: 2145 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon, 97201.