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Each year, Schoepe Scout Reservation at Lost Valley hires approximately sixty men and women to serve as seasonal employees during Summer Camp Operations.  Summer Camp Staff Members serve in all manner of roles, ranging from Merit Badge counselors, Troop Guides, high adventure staff, rangemasters, kitchen staff, and managers to Emergency Medical Technicians.  

Spending a summer at Lost Valley will afford you the opportunity to:


  • 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 noblest 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 personal skills. (College credit can sometimes be obtained from working at camp. Check with your college counselor to see if you qualify.)

Summer Camp Staff Positions 


If you're available to work all or most of our 2022 summer season, ready to work in a challenging but fun and rewarding environment and live with a value-centered community of like-minded individuals, then you're ready to apply for our 2022 Summer Camp Operations Staff!


Lost Valley’s summer camp staff members are at least 16 years of age, some areas require older staff.  There is also a Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) position for youth who are 14 and 15 years old.  All staff are housed in cabins with heat, electricity, bunk beds, and shared drawers/storage lockers.  Staff are fed three meals per day in our dining halls.
Some Program Areas require staff to be over 18 and most 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 2018 Summer Camp season will last from June 17th to August 4th; Area Directors, management, and other staff may have an earlier report date.  There may be positions available before and after these dates. More information will be made available once you are hired.  Preference is given to those who are available the entire summer.  Please include any known date conflicts with your application.  All dates are subject to change.
Counselor in Training (C.I.T.) Volunteer position with food and housing provided
If you will be fourteen or fifteen (14-15) by summer 2022, you are a perfect candidate for the Counselor in Training position.  Counselor in Training positions requires 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.
Please note, our employment application is all done online. Please try to complete the application to the best of your knowledge. If you are unable to answer a question please put N/A. To apply, click the "APPLY NOW" button at the top of this page.



Support Positions
21 Health Officer (EMT, RN, MD)

21 Business Manager
18 Trading Post Manager
16 Trading Post Staff
21 Kitchen Manager / Lead Cook

18 Asst. Cook
18 Kitchen Staff
16 Dishwasher

21 Maintenance Director
18 Maintenance Staff

18 Commissioner

21 Program Director

18 Program Lead





Questions about Summer Camp Staff? Contact Camping Director Nicki Varela


714-546-4990 x 164 | 1211 East Dyer Road, Santa Ana, CA 92705 |  Fax: (714) 546-0415
To apply, click "APPLY NOW" at the top of this page.

Program Positions
21 COPE Director
18 COPE Staff
21 Climbing Director
18 Climbing Staff
21 Stables Director
16 Stables Staff
18 Hike / Bike Lead
16 Hike / Bike Staff
18 Nature Director
16 Nature Staff
18 Handicraft Director
16 Handicraft Staff
16 Indian Village / Archeology Staff
18 Scout Skills Director
16 Scout Skills Staff

18 Technology Center Director

16 Technology Center Staff

Program Positions
21 Program Director
21 Rifle Range Director
21 Rifle Range Staff
21 Shotgun Director
21 Shotgun Staff
18 Archery Director
16 Archery Staff
21 Aquatics Director
18 Lake Lead
16 Lake Staff
18 Pool Lead
16 Pool Staff

21 Camp Borrego Director

16 Camp Borrego Staff
18 Metalwork Director
18 Indian Village / Archeology Director
14 -15 Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)

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