Scouts

CUB SCOUT CAMPING.

Camping takes you on exciting adventures into the natural world. You’ll learn to live with others in the out-of-doors. You’ll learn to be a good citizen of the outdoors.

Camping is fun, and it’s good for your mind, body, and spirit. It helps you learn to rely on yourself—on your own skills and knowledge. When you go camping as a Cub Scout, you get skills you will learn and use more, later, as a Boy Scout. There are lots of different opportunities for Cub Scouts to go camping including day camps, resident camps, Webelos den overnight campouts, family camps, and pack overnighters.

Overnight Camping

PACK OVERNIGHT CAMPOUTS

Packs can hold overnight campouts for the families in the pack. Cub Scouts’ brothers and sisters can go on these pack overnighters. In most cases, each Scout will camp with a parent or guardian. Every young camper must have a designated adult responsible for them. Pack overnights must be led by an adult who has completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training. Find out when BALOO training will be offered in your area by checking out our council training calendar.

WEBELOS DEN OVERNIGHT CAMPOUTS

Webelos and Arrow of Light dens are the only dens within a Cub Scout pack that can go on their own overnight campouts. Each Webelos Scout camps with his parents or guardian. Campers learn the basics of Boy Scout camping, under the direction of the Webelos or Arrow of Light den leader. Sometimes, leaders and Scouts from a Boy Scout troop may join you. Webelos dens can also have joint overnight campouts with a Boy Scout troop. Each Webelos Scout has a parent or guardian with him on these joint campouts, too. Webelos den overnights must be led by an adult who has completed Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) training. Find out when BALOO training will be offered in your area by checking out our council training calendar.

COUNCIL AND DISTRICT ORGANIZED FAMILY CAMPS

Council and district organized family camps are overnight camps for more than one Cub Scout pack. You may hear these events called Parent-Pal Weekends, Winter Weekends, or Webelosrees which are just for Webelos and Arrow of Light dens. Each Cub Scout and Webelos Scout camps with a parent or guardian. These events offer fun competitions between dens and activities that Cub Scout packs are not allowed to do on their own such as BB gun shooting and archery.

Learn more about Cub Scout Winter Weekends

Additional Resources.

BSA HEALTH AND MEDICAL FORMS

All Scouts, siblings (participating and non-participating), and adults will need to complete and submit a BSA Health & Medical Record parts A & B. Forms will be returned at the end of the day camp. Forms not picked up will be destroyed.  

ADULT REQUIREMENTS

All adults will need to present proof of completion of BSA youth protection training as well as their PA State Police, PA Child Abuse and either the PA affidavit for those who have lived in the state for more than 10 years or the FBI clearance for those who have lived out of state. More information about the BSA’s Youth Protection Training and how to obtain these clearances can be found on the Youth Protection page of this website. 

Become a Scout

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Summer Camp Staff.

Learn more about how you can become a summer camp staff member!

Summer Camp Staff.

Learn more about how you can become a summer camp staff member!

WE served

16,468

youth in 2020

Support Scouting.

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:

A paycheck

Room and board

Networking opportunities

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.

Available Positions

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. 

Council forms

Below is a list of forms that are specific to the Boy Scouts of America, Laurel Highlands Council:

CUB SCOUTS & RECRUITING

CUB SCOUT FAMILY GUIDE

Parent Guide

National Guide

WAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS TO MEET!

Ways to Meet

MEMBERSHIP PLANNING

Workbook

RECRUITMENT IDEAS

Idea Book

44 Ideas

RECRUITMENT VIDEOS

30 Second: Boy

30 Second: Girl

SCOUTS BSA & RECRUITING

RECRUITMENT IDEAS

Idea Book

RECRUITMENT VIDEOS

30 Second: Girl

30 Second: Boy

EXPLORING & RECRUITING

RECRUITMENT IDEAS

Idea Book

VENTURING & RECRUITING

RECRUITMENT IDEAS

Idea Book

Popcorn

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.

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