Did you know that Potawatomi Area Council operates a Scout camp that provides multiple events and activities that service Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Exploring Posts and Venture Crews? Each event offers a variety of opportunities for paid summer staff and volunteer positions. Most Scout camp staff are at least 16 years of age, but the Boy Scout and Cub Scout camps have a few select jobs for youth who are a year or two younger.

The high-adventure program employs young people who are at least 18 years of age. The Potawatomi Area Council, BSA is an equal opportunity employer that hires both females and males, as well as people of all ages and ethnic groups, diverse cultures, and mixed abilities.

Camp Long Lake Scout Reservation provides a great camping experience for thousands of Scouts each year. This success requires the best of camp staffs . . . . . . Why don't you JOIN THE FUN by JOINING OUR TEAM


Here are a few of the countless reasons that are frequently expressed:

  • To make lots of new friends in your area, other states, and even other countries

  • To be part of an effective team and to cooperate with others to get things done

  • To learn how to lead others and to apply leadership skills

  • To acquire experiential education (learning by doing) and new skills that will last a lifetime

  • To work with youth and adults of all ages

  • To spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails

  • To serve others (the most noble and fulfilling pursuit of all)

  • To give something back for the opportunities you have received

  • To live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Law

  • To be paid and receive food and lodging in return for something challenging and fun

  • To be considered for jobs of greater responsibility and to receive letters of recommendation for other pursuits

Why work at a fast food or retail establishment that focuses on sales when you can have opportunities like these that will prepare you for more meaningful endeavors?


Positions and salaries are based on age and the number of years of experience you possess in camp staff or similar environment. All camp staff receive staff quarters with bunk, meals during camp operation and one day off a week.

ADMINISTRATION:  Manages all operations of our camps including coaching and training the staff. Positions include Camp Director, Program Director and Business Manager. Minimum ages 18 or 21 years old depending on the level of responsibility. Salaries begin at $1900 for the summer season.

AREA DIRECTOR:  Summer camp staff who supervise and oversee a camp program or service area. They are responsible for coaching their staff and ensuring a quality experience for our campers (Aquatics, Boating, Camp Craft, STEM/Econ, Shooting Sports, Project First Class (PFC) and High Adventure. Minimum ages 18 or 21 depending on position and level of responsibility. Salaries begin at $1900 for the summer season.

HIGH ADVENTURE STAFF:  Summer camp staff members specializing in leading the Outpost, COPE/Climbing, ATV and Welding programs.  Minimum ages 18 or 21 years old depending on the level of responsibility. Salaries begin at $1650 for the summer season.

PROGRAM AND SUPPORT STAFF Summer camp staff who work with an area director to provide specific service or program in Aquatics, Camp Craft, STEM/Econ, Archery, Shotgun, High Adventure and Project First Class (PFC).  Minimum ages 16 or 18 depending on position and level of responsibility. Salaries begin at $1400 for the summer season.

KITCHEN STAFF Summer camp staff who work with cooks and kitchen crew chief to provide three meals a day to the campers, adults and staff.  Minimum ages 16 or 18 depending on position and level of responsibility. Salaries begin at $1400 for the summer season.


COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (unpaid position): A staff member, usually 14-15 years old who is training to be a paid staff member. The program exists to provide the necessary tools for future and continued success on camp staff through specialized training and on-the-job practical experience. Individuals must commit to a minimum of three weeks.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS As in all Scouting activities, volunteer leaders play an important role. Positions such as commissioners, medics/physicians, chaplain, and others, make camp programs more effective.


Camp employment in the Potawatomi Area Council is provided under these guidelines:

  1. All camp employees subscribe and commit to live the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

  2. All camp employees must be qualified and registered as members of the Boy Scouts of America through our camp staff venture crew. Those not currently registered will be upon agreeing to be on staff.

  3. All camp employees must furnish and wear the official Boy Scout uniform.

  4. All summer camp employees must attend staff weeks prior to the beginning of camp.




If you have questions or need more information please contact the Potawatomi Area Council Program Director, Mike Urbanek at 262-951-5062 or email




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