Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley has two different types of staffing options:
Summer Camp (Summer) and Campmasters/Friends of the Valley (Year Round)
Some skills you will acquire while working at Lost Valley:
- Make a lot of new friends from your local area and nearby states.
- Spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails.
- Acquire new skills that will last a lifetime.
- Be part of an effective team and learn to cooperate with others to get things done.
- Learn invaluable leadership skills and how to apply those leadership skills.
- Undertake fulfilling, meaningful challenges and earn the satisfaction of doing a job well.
- Work with youth and adults of all ages
- Serve others (the most noble and fulfilling pursuit of all).
- Give something back for the opportunities you have received.
- Live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Law.
- Have the advice, counsel, and support of senior staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed.
- Be paid, receive food, and lodging in return for something challenging and fun.
- Be considered for jobs of greater responsibility and receive letters of recommendation for other pursuits.
Camp jobs offer invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities found nowhere else. The benefits go far beyond a paycheck, too. Business executives often note that experience as a camp staff member translates into excellent management and personnel skills. College credit can sometimes be obtained from working at camp. Check with your college counselor to see if you qualify.
Look at some of Lost Valley's past Summer Camp Staffs here.
Summer Camp Staff Positions
Lost Valley’s summer camp staff members are at least 15 years of age, some areas require older staff. There is also a Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) position for youth who are 14 years old. All staff a housed in cabins with heat, electricity, bunk beds, and shared drawers/storage lockers. Staff are fed three meals per day in our dining halls.
Many Program Areas require staff to be over 18 and many Program Area Directors must be over 18 or over 21. Schoepe Scout Reservation is flexible in working around school, work, Scouting, and other personal commitments. All staff will receive Scout camp and program area specific training during Staff Week. Many Area Directors will also receive BSA specific training at a separate BSA National Camp School training.
The 2011 Summer Camp season should last from June to August. For Area Directors - JUNE 1 TO AUGUST 6 and Staff - June 23 to August 4, 2013. There are also positions available one week before and one week after these dates. More information will be made available once you are hired. Preference is given to those who are available the entire summer. Exceptions must be requested in writing. Please include any known date conflicts with your application. All dates are subject to change.
Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)
If you will be 14 by summer of 2013, you are a perfect candidate for a Counselor in Training position. Counselor in Training positions require a three week minimum commitment. The first week is Staff Week, where the CIT's will learn basic camp operations, bond with other camp staff members, learn different program areas, songs, and help prepare summer camp for campers. CIT's will need to schedule two additional weeks at camp. During the first week, CIT's will have rotating assignments to several program areas; this will give them a wide range of program area knowledge. During the second week, CIT's select the program area they want to staff. Schoepe Scout Reservation is flexible in working around school, work, Scouting, and other personal commitments.
|2013 SUMMER CAMP STAFF POSITIONS |
| Support Positions |
21 Camp Director
18 Business Clerk
18 Trading Post Manager
15 Trading Post Staff
15 Office Clerk
21 Kitchen Manger / Lead Cook
18 Kitchen Staff
21 Health Officer (EMT, RN, MD)
18 Maintenance Staff
| Program Positions |
21 Program Director
21 Rifle Range Director
21 Rifle Range Staff
21 Shotgun Director
21 Shotgun Staff
18 Archery Director
15 Archery Staff
21 Aquatics Director
18 Lake Lead
16 Lake Staff
18 Pool Lead
15 Pool Staff
18 Metalwork Director
18 Indian Village / Archeology Director
14 Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)
| Program Positions |
21 COPE Director
18 COPE Staff
21 Climbing Director
18 Climbing Staff
21 Stables Director
18 Stables Staff
18 Hike / Bike Director
16 Hike / Bike Staff
18 Nature Director
15 Nature Staff
18 Handicraft Director
15 Handicraft Staff
15 Indian Village / Archeology Staff
18 Scout Skills Director
15 Scout Skills Staff
Questions about Summer Camp Staff? E-mail the Summer Camp Director: email@example.com
2013 Staff Applications are available at the bottom of this page.
I’m busy this summer, what about the rest of the year?
Lost Valley is busy year round with groups participating in rock climbing, rifle shooting, shotgun range, archery range, or the COPE course. Lost Valley also has scheduled camping weekends including: Merit Badge Weekends, Webelos Partner and Pal Weekends, and Family Camp Weekends. Our Campmasters are in charge of the year round activities at Lost Valley, these volunteers’ help run the programs for the weekend. Campmasters are fed in the dinning halls and housed in staff cabins.
Looking for a wholesome family activity? The entire family can become Campmasters. We have several Campmasters families that have been coming out to Lost Valley for years, some younger members of Campmaster families have gotten married and now bring their families out as Campmasters.
The Campmaster Corps is a group of men, women, and youth who act as volunteer members of camp staff on weekends throughout the year. Campmasters operate program areas such as the rifle range, shotgun range, archery, trading post, sports areas, camp administration, and camp maintenance. Many people can be utilized immediately in some camp program areas. Other program areas require training which is provided by the Orange County Council, BSA throughout the year.
What can the Campmaster Corps offer you?
If you enjoy the outdoors, find fulfillment in working with youth, and don't mind a little hard work, Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley Campmasters may be for you. After full days of working in the camp program, the Campmasters enjoy good fellowship and the common desire to work as a team to improve and expand the camp programs.
How can you become a Campmaster?
Download an application to become a Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley Campmaster. When you have completed the application and mailed it to the address shown, the Head Campmaster will review your qualifications and place you in the program. If you would like more information, click here (PDF Document) to fill out the form. Campmasters and their families are housed and fed for free-in exchange for offering program. Four weekends a year are requested. You choose the weekends you work.
Minimum requirements for Campmasters are:
Registered Scouter, 18 years old and over
Registered Scout, 14 years old and other
Star Rank or higher
Outdoor Skills Training recommended
Troop leadership experience
Youth Protection Training
(Current Scoutmasters are discouraged)
(Adult sponsors are required for Scouts 14 and 15 years old)
Also helpful: CPR Training and Red Cross Standard First Aid
Friends of the Valley
The Friends of the Valley is our second group of volunteers that provide maintenance and construction services to Lost Valley one weekend a month (except during the summer months). Participation on a monthly basis is not mandatory as the work is planned around who is available for the planned weekend and their skills. With the majority of the work that is done at the valley being provided by the Friends and other volunteers, it is a very important and rewarding commitment that you can make. Although the Friends do not have direct contact with the youth participants, their work is extremely valuable in support of the programs and facilities that the youth programs utilize. Friends are housed and fed for free in return for their services.
Questions about Campmasters? E-mail the Head Campmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about Friends of the Valley? E-mail the Friends of the Valley Head at email@example.com.
If you have any questions please e-mail: John Van Dreeser, OCBSA Director of Outdoor Adventure at firstname.lastname@example.org
How Do You Apply for Summer Camp Staff, Friends of the Valley or Campmaster Corps?
For more information about opportunities please download either a Staff Application form for summer camp staff or a Campmaster/Friend of the Valley Application for year round activities. Then e-mail or fax your application to Toni Klemm in the Camping Department and she’ll get the application to the correct group.
Mail, Fax, or E-mail you application to:
Camping Department Administrative Assistant
Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America
1211 East Dyer Road
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: (714) 546-8558 x136
Fax: (714) 546-0415
Applicants of the Boy Scouts of America are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status or the presence of a health problem or handicap that is unrelated to the person's ability to perform the job assigned.