Laurel Highlands Council

Summer Camp Staff

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Staff

Make a Difference

You can change a life!  Did you know that the Laurel Highlands Council operates three Scout camps at Heritage Reservation including one for Cub Scouts and their families (elementary aged), two for Scouts BSA members (middle and high school aged), an outdoor adventure program (high school aged), as well as winter programs for Cub Scouts?

Each of these offers opportunities for a variety of summer camp staff jobs. Most Scout camp counselors are at least 16 years of age, but the Scouts BSA and Cub Scout camps have a limited number of jobs for 15 year olds with previous Counselor in Training experience.  The high adventure program employs young people who are at least 18 years of age.

The Laurel Highlands Council, BSA is an equal opportunity employer that hires females and males, as well as people of all ages and ethnic groups, diverse cultures, and mixed abilities. No previous Scouting experience is necessary. Applicants must be willing to register with the Boy Scouts of America, be able to pass required background clearances to work with you, and complete all required training.

Why Camp Staff?

Working at summer camp is a real job. Camp Staff members get the opportunity to develop 21st century skills in high demand by employers. Some of these skills include:

  • Practical, applied leadership skills learned through supervising others, engaging in decision-making, managing behavior, and living ethics and values.
  • Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity skills.
  • Much, much, more...

Beyond hands-on experience, camp staff positions also provide:

  • A paycheck
  • Room and board
  • Networking opportunities
  • Training & certificaitons in a variety of skill areas.
  • Ongoing professional development

Camp staff opportunities may also be eligible for college credit in some cases or be able to be used as an independent study, practicum, or internship experience.

Positions Available

Updated Job Descriptions Coming Soon

Outdoor Marketing Director (min. age 18)

ATV Safety Program Director (min. age 21)

Lifeguards (min. age 16)

Ski Boat Drivers (min. age 18)

Climbing & Challenge Course Director (min. age 21)

Climbing & Challenge Course Staff (min. age 18)

Skill Area Instructors (shooting sports, ecology) (min. age 15)

Trek Leaders (min. age 18)

Camp Store Managers (min. age 18)

Camp Store Clerks (min. age 15)

Counselors in Training (14 y.o.)


2021 Camp Staff Interest Form (Coming Soon)

Use this link to express interest in working on our camp staff in 2020. 

2021 Winter Weekend Staff Application

Apply to be part of our Winter Weekend staff from January to March 2021.

Recommend a New Staff Member (Coming Soon)

Individuals who recommend a new staff member who is hired and works the full season will receive $50 in camp trading post credit.

Summer Camp Staff FAQ (Coming Soon)

PHEAA State Work Study Program

Certain college students may qualify for the Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) State Work Study Program. The State Work Study Program can be used to supplement your camp staff salary for the summer.

How does PHEAA STSP Work?

For program information, to find out if you qualify, and to get the application go to

If you qualify, complete Section 1 of the application and either scan and email it to or mail it to:

BSA Laurel Highlands Council
Attn: Camping Department
1275 Bedford Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

If your application is approved, you will be notified by mail. This notification will include the maximum amount that you may receive (not necessarily the amount you will receive which is dependent upon actual time worked)

Hertiage Reservation Camp Staff Alumni Association


The purpose of the Heritage Reservation Camp Staff Alumni Association is to provide a social environment to unite past camp staff of Laurel Highlands Council, BSA and maintain these connections well past the camp staff experience.

The HRSAA also encourages service to and promotion of the Laurel Highlands Council, BSA's camps and camping programs. The HRSAA does this through social and service events.

Learn more about the HRSAA