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McNeil Scout Ranch at Peaceful Valley

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Tahosa Current Staff

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McNeil Scout Ranch at peaceful valley & Tahosa High Adventure Base

Make your summer full of adventure!

Working for a Denver Area Council camp is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. The Denver Area Council is looking for those that want to make the summer full of adventure for the Scouts that come through our gates.  Spending your summer at either McNeil Scout Ranch at Peaceful Valley or Tahosa High Adventure Base will provide you with an opportunity to not only have the adventure of a lifetime, but to also affect the lives of thousands of youth from across the country.

Working on camp staff is a great opportunity to make your summer full of adventure! Spend your days taking Scouts on hikes, teaching them how to shoot a gun, or relaxing with them in the evenings as you all sit around a campfire telling stories and watching skits.


  • FREE summer housing
  • FREE food; three meals a day, 6 days a week
    • Our kitchen accommodates most special diets
  • Limited medical care
  • Competitive weekly salaries
  • Time off on the weekends and some evenings
    • Note: We do not provide paid time off
  • Work with people from around the country and even the world
  • Earn merit badges and rank advancements while you work
  • Opportunity to apply for the Madden Merit Scholarship

Check out the camps that are offering summer camp programs for 2021:

Who am I?

Counselors in Training ages 14 and 15 years old. Want to dip your toes into life as a staff member? Join us for a couple weeks and we’ll teach you everything you need to be an amazing staff member. CITs will spend time learning about the camp operations and will shadow staff members in program and operations positions. CITs are asked to volunteer at least three weeks and are given meals and lodging.

Program Counselors: Age 16 & older; Our Program Counselors are the heart and soul of summer camp. Program Counselors teach skills to our campers, lead activities, perform skits and songs at campfires, and do what’s necessary to keep camp running smoothly. Apply to work in an area that suits your skills like shooting sports, climbing, aquatics, handicrafts, outdoor skills, STEM, Hollywood, cycling, and much more! Program Counselors for “high-risk” areas like Shooting Sports, Climbing, and Aquatics may require you to be age 18 & older.

Area Directors: Age 18 & older; Area Directors are responsible for planning and execution of the activities in their program or operations area. They oversee other Program or Operations Counselors and CITs assigned to their area. Strong leadership skills are required, as well as a commitment to program planning before summer camp. Area Directors for “high-risk” areas like Shooting Sports, Climbing, and Aquatics must be age 21 & older.

Operations Staff: Age 16 & older (Trading Post Clerks) Age 18 & Older (All other Operations positions); Our Operations staff work behind the scenes and “make it happen.” If teaching isn’t your thing but you want to make camp run, these are the positions for you. Positions include Maintenance Quartermasters, Assistant Rangers, Trading Post staff (clerks, Manager, Director), Office staff, Dining Hall Steward, Commissary Director and Assistant and Health Staff. 

Camp Administration: Age 21 & older; maybe you’ve spent a few summers as an Area Director, and think you can make camp even better? Maybe you have outside leadership experience and can apply that to camp operations? Apply to be on the leadership team to help plan summer camp throughout the year. Camp Director, Program Director, Assistant Program Director & Business Manager positions available. Camp Leadership positions require a commitment during the months leading up to summer camp.


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Next steps after you've APPLIED

“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is also available in languages other than English. To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provided in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”