DISCOVER FUN, ADVENTURE, AND LEARNING THROUGH SCOUTING.
Scouting is a year-round program uniquely designed to meet the needs of both boys and girls and their families. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Family involvement is an essential part of the program, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in making the most of the short time they have to impact the lives of their children.
Scouting is designed to be experienced outdoors. Hiking, camping, mountain biking, skateboarding, BMX, mountain climbing, kayaking, whitewater rafting–these are just some of a Scout’s outdoor experiences.
The Boy Scouts of America offers many programs including:
Cub Scouts is a year-round, family-friendly program designed for boys and girls who are in kindergarten through fifth grade (ages 5-10). Activities are used to achieve the aims of Scouting- citizenship training, character development and personal fitness.
Cub Scouts have the time of their lives making new friends and learning new things in an environment designed to help them succeed. From building their own Pinewood Derby® car to learning how to roast the perfect marshmallow with their best friends at a family camp out, your child will LOVE being a Cub Scout. So if your child is in the kindergarten through fifth grade, or 5 to 10 years old, then it’s time for them to have some fun with the Cub Scouts!
Scouts BSA is designed for boys and girls ages 11-18, Scouts learn responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities and educational programs.
For over 110 years, Scouting programs have instilled in youth the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, these values are just as relevant in helping youth grow to their full potential as they were in 1910. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.
In Scouting, Scouts learn through the experiences of camping, hiking, building projects and community service. These experiences allow the youth to grow and mature at their own pace. And, it is the results of these experiences that cause parents to say, “There are things learned in Scouting which a child cannot readily pick up elsewhere.” It is also through these experiences that parents and sons get an opportunity to share and talk about their thoughts, feelings, goals, and values.
Scouting provides youth with a sense that they are important as individuals. It is communicated to them that those in the Scouting family care about what happens to them, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Scouting promotes activities that lead to personal responsibility and high self-esteem. As a result, when hard decisions have to be made, peer pressure can be resisted and the right choices can be made.
You love exploring your passions, making new friends, and discovering the world. You’re always looking for an adventure. Rappelling a cliff. Perfecting your shot. Designing a robot. Kayaking into the sunset. Exploring your faith. Volunteering at an animal shelter. The choice is yours! Each activity provides an opportunity to shine and learn more about yourself and the world around you. Venturing is youth-led and youth-inspired. You’ll acquire life skills and gain experiences that will prove to be valuable regardless of where your future takes you, all while having a blast: leadership, event-planning, organization, communication, responsibility — the list goes on!
Venturing is an inclusive program through the Boy Scouts of America for males and females aged 14-21 (or 13 and completed the 8th grade). It’s operated through Venturing Crews, units of youth and advisors that meet on set schedules and plan activities and events for youth like you!
The Venturing program aims to enable young adults to:
- Experience a program that is fun and full of challenge and adventure.
- Acquire skills in the area of their crew’s specialty.
- Become a skilled training and program resource for other youth groups.
- Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be given opportunities to take on leadership roles.
- Learn to make ethical choices throughout their lives by instilling the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
- Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and fun environment.
To learn more about the Venturing program, click the link below.
Exploring is a career learning program for young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20. Exploring units, called “posts”, usually have a focus on a single career field, such as police, fire/rescue, health, law, aviation or engineering.
Exploring is a worksite-based program that is part of Learning for Life’s career education program. Youth who are 13 years old and within 6 months of their 14th birthday can also register as Explorers. Any youth may remain an Explorer up until the day they turn 21 years old and then are aged out of the youth side of Exploring.
Exploring is broken up into three separate programs: Business, Law Enforcement, and Fire and Emergency Services Exploring. Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.
Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate a specific Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community.
The basic premise of Scouting for youth with disabilities and special needs is that they want most to participate like other youth—and Scouting gives them that opportunity. Thus, much of the program for Scouts with disabilities and special needs is directed at helping unit leaders develop an awareness of disabled people among youth without disabilities and encouraging the inclusion of Scouts with disabilities and special needs in Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews.
The TrailBlazer District provides traditional Scouting programs in a multitude of educational and community centers that serve people with physical, intellectual, emotional, multiple disabilities, and those with Autism. We adapt each program to meet the needs of both Scouts and the settings in which we provide this service. We serve as consultants to Scouts with disabilities as a bridge between them a traditional unit (pack, troop, crew) to make sure they find their most comfortable unit. Our program provides training to both adult leaders and individual units on disability awareness and acceptance in their units.
The TrailBlazer Program serves communities in Baver County, Allegheny County, and Washington County.
Leading the program is District Executive, Bob Zelleznick and District Associate, Kim Miller.
WHO WE SERVE
- 319 youth ages 6 to 10 in Cub Scouts
- 169 youth ages 11 to 17 in Scouts BSA
- 720 youth ages 14 and up in Venturing
- 10 Cub Scout packs
- 7 Scouts BSA troops
- 21 Venturing crews
- Austin’s Place
- Chartiers Center
- Conroy School
- Deer Lakes School District
- East Allegheny School District
- Mental Health Association of Beaver County
- Mon Valley School
- Pathfinder School
- Pittsburgh Pioneer
- Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
- Step-By-Step Inc.
- Sunrise School
- The Verland Foundation C.L.A
- Trinity Area School District
- West Allegheny School District
- Western PA School for Blind Children
Check out our TrailBlazer District YouTube page. Here you can find virtual sessions for earning ranks along with videos from our trips to camp and much more!
Today, young people are faced with many challenges including fragile families and disintegrating neighborhoods. Scouting, by emphasizing ethics and moral values, addresses many of the social concerns of parents and youth in our country. Scouting prepares urban and rural youth to be leaders, to accept responsibility, and to care about principles and causes beyond their own self-interest.
The Scoutreach program is a council-wide initiative that provides special leadership and emphasis to urban and rural Scouting programs. Scoutreach is the BSA’s commitment to making sure that all young people have an opportunity to join Scouting, regardless of their circumstances, neighborhood, or ethnic background. Scoutreach meets the development needs of youth in urban and rural settings through a well-defined program based on values, learning by doing, fun, and positive role models.
Leading the program is District Commissioner, Vern Smith, District Executive, Cameron Boston, and District Associate, Derek Riley.
WHO WE SERVE
- 263 youth ages 6 to 10 in Cub Scouts
- 23 youth ages 11 to 17 in Scouts BSA
- 11 Cub Scout packs
- 2 Scouts BSA troops
- Out of School Time
- United Way
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS FOR EXPLORING
- Urban Pathway
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS FOR PACKS
- Aliquippa Elementary
- BJWL – Arlington Heights
- BJWL – Bedford
- Carnegie Boys and Girls Club of Western PA
- Center that Cares
- Clariton Elementary
- Estelle S. Campbell Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville
- Helen S. Faison Arts Academy
- Mount Ararat Community Activity Center
- Pittsburgh Arsenal PreK-8
- Pittsburgh Langely K-8
- Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK-8
- Propel Braddock Hills
- Propel East
- Propel Homestead
- Sto-Rox Primary Center
- Sto-Rox Upper Elementary School
- Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh in Allegheny County
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS FOR TROOPS
- Crafton Ingram Rotary
- H.O.P.E. for Tomorrow, Inc.
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Scouting is a rewarding program where youth can learn, lead, grow and participate in a world of exciting outdoor activities.
Why Join Us?
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.
Beyond hands-on experience, camp staff positions also provide:
Room and board
Training & certifications 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.
HERITAGE RESERVATION - FARMINGTON, PA.
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.
Summer positions at Heritage Reservation run seasonally from June to August. Winter positions run January to March. Meals and on-site housing is provided.
Updated Job Descriptions Coming Soon
Medics (min. age 18, hold current certification as an EMT or higher)
Business Managers (min. age 18)
Outdoor Marketing Director (min. age 18)
ATV Safety Program Director (min. age 21)
ATV Safety Program Staff (min. age 18)
Aquatics Directors (min. age 21, hold current lifeguard certification with 2 years experience)
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, crafts, outdoor skills) (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. Must be 1st Class Scout or Venturing Discovery Rank)
Use the button below to express interest in working on our staff in 2023.
Individuals who recommend a new staff member who is hired and works the full season will receive $100 in camp trading post credit.
CAMP GUYASUTA - SHARPSBURG, PA.
Camp Guyasuta offers hourly positions from March through November with additional opportunities from June through August when STEM Day Camp runs. Available positions include asst. rangers, lifeguards, challenge course facilitators, program counselors, and jr. counselors. To learn more about Camp Guyasuta's available positions and to apply click the button below.
PHEAA STATE WORK STUDY PROGRAM.
Certain Pennsylvania 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 click here.
If you qualify, complete Section 1 of the application and either scan and email it to [email protected] or mail it to:
BSA Laurel Highlands Council
Attn: Camping Department
1275 Bedford Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Once received, the LHC Camping Department will complete Section 2 and submit the application to the state. If your application is approved by the state, 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)
HERITAGE 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.
Become a Scout
Join our scouts and start your adventure today!
Navigate our toolkit.
Welcome to the Laurel Highlands Council Resources page. Here you will find recruitment tools and forms to make your recruitment season an easy, but a successful one! If you have questions about any of the tools or forms on this page, please contact your District Executive.
Below is a list of forms that are specific to the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council:
- Allegheny County Parks Foundation Eagle Scout Project Award Program
- Annual Health and Medical Record Parts ABC
- Annual Health and Medical Record Parts AB
- Beaver Service Patch
- BSA Specialty License Plate Application
- Council/District First Aid Log (pdf)
- Criminal Background Check & Additional Disclosures Authorization & Form
- District Award of Merit Nomination Form
- Eagle Scout Palm Application
- Eagle Scout Service Project Tracking Report
- Eagle Scout Legacy Walkway
- Family Cub Scout Pack Camping Site Approval Form
- Guide to Unit Money Earning Projects
- Historic Flag Request Form
- Incident Reporting
- Incident Report (Youth Protection/Membership)
- Learn How To Camp
- Learn How To Camp- Appendix
- LHC Event Expectations and Standards
- LHC Event Approval and Close Out Checklist
- LHC Event Budget and Backdater Template
- Materials Request
- Membership Assistance Form
- Merit Badge Counselor Agreement
- NCAP Site Appraisal Form
- NCAP Local Council Authorization and Assessment Declaration Form
- NCAP Short-Term Camp Planning Flowchart
- National Short-Term Camp Resource Page
- PA Forestry Conservation Award
- PA Fish and Boat Commission Conservation Award
- PA Game Commissioner Wildlife Conservation Award
- Pre-Camp Swim Classification
- Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award
- Request for Alternative Rank Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class
- Shooting Sports Resource Form
- Silver Beaver Nomination Form
- Social Media Guidelines (BSA)
- Unit Money-Earning Application
- Veterans Application
- World Conservation Award - Cub Scout
- World Conservation Award - Boy Scout
- 2022 NCAP Standards
- 2022 Short-Term Camp Standards at a Glance – Not available yet
CUB SCOUTS & RECRUITING
SCOUTS BSA & RECRUITING
EXPLORING & RECRUITING
VENTURING & RECRUITING
The Laurel Highlands Council and Trail's End thank all the units and Scout families that participate in the annual popcorn fundraiser. Your efforts help maintain our beautiful camps, fund Scout outreach programs, and send hundreds of Scouts to camp each year who would not be able to afford Scouting otherwise.