Camp Staff Handbook
New Staff and CIT Reference Form (Send this link to three people)
Medical Forms – CampDoc
NYLT Staff (If you are interested in volunteering with NYLT at Big Horn)
Peaceful Valley Current Staff
Tahosa Current Staff
Peaceful Valley Alumni
Tahosa Alumni Association
Working for a Denver Area Council camp is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle. The Denver Area Council is looking for a few good men and women who have the “Right Stuff” to join our camp staff. Spending your summer at either Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch 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 spend your days outdoors while changing lives! 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. Other benefits of working on staff are: summer housing, three meals a day, time off on the weekends, working on your tan, and making friends from around the country and even the world. Camp Staff members also have the opportunity to apply for the Madden Merit Scholarship which provides camp staff a college scholarship.
Counselors in Training: Age 14 & 15; 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 at Peaceful Valley or two weeks at Tahosa during the summer, and are given meals and lodging. CITs can spend time at Peaceful Valley or Tahosa or a combination of both.
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.
After you have submitted your resume, it will be reviewed. If we are interested in learning more about you, we will be invite you via email to fill out our official application. After you’ve submitted that application, you will be invited to attend a interview. It is preferable that applicants attend a in-person interview, however we do have video and phone options for those that are outside of the Denver area.
After your interview, your application and interview responses will be evaluated by the Denver Area Council Camps Management Team. This team includes members from each camp and the Council. The team firmly believes in placing staff members at the right camp, in the right position, for the right reasons.
Once you have been offered a position, you will be sent a email to log into WorkBright. Workbright is the on-boarding system that we use to have employees sign paperwork, take training and keep track of employment documents while you are employed with us. It is important that each employee completes all required items on WorkBright to include paperwork and training. Employees that have not completed all required items will not be allowed to start work.
During the months leading up to camp, staff should continue to complete WorkBright items. Camp Management will communicate with staff via email about upcoming expectations and plans for the summer. It is encouraged that staff attend orientation to meet fellow staff members and learn more about the upcoming summer. During this time, if you have any questions about camp, you should reach out to your Camp Director or Program Director. The contact information is listed on the left side of this page.
Uniforms should be ordered before camp. The store is closed. Please refer to the 2020 Uniform Guidelines to see which items are required or optional, as well as can be purchased online or which items must be purchased in person from the Denver Scout Shop. A 25% off Camp Staff Scout Shop Discount Coupon is available for uniform items required from the Denver Scout Shop. All other items can be ordered here by April 30, 2020.
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”