Looking for an amazing summer job? Come spend it with us! If you enjoy working with kids, believe in the Scouting program, and love camp, then the Dan Beard Scout Reservation is a great place to work and play. Each summer we hire over 120 men and women to serve as part of our camp staff. This life-changing opportunity is a great, fun, and rewarding place to be. Imagine living at a camp for the summer and working, playing, and learning in the outdoors. You’ll meet plenty of new friends, some that may stick with you for the rest of your life. You’ll get some great new experiences too as you challenge yourself.

Camp Staff members are given room and board for the summer in either a cabin shared with other camp staff or in a large tent with electricity. Some cabins have air conditioning and high speed internet access. Staff members 15 years of age and older are compensated competitively compared to other camps. Three meals a day are provided, as are many of the amenities of life such as laundry facilities. The camp staff run activities, plan programs, and instruct thousands of campers that come through our summer camps. All staff are part of the Dan Beard Scout Reservation, but there are two camp staffs. The Camp Friedlander staff provide programs for Scouts BSA aged youth (11 through 17) and the Cub World/Challenge Camp staff provide programs for Cub Scout aged youth (7 through 11) for the Cub World program and ages 7 through 15 for the Challenge Camp Program. 

Camp Staff applications are now being accepted for the 2023 season! If you think you would be a positive addition to our camp staff, complete a Camp Staff Application. If you are 14 or 15 years old and would like to be a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) at Camp Friedlander or Cub World, please apply online. More information can also be found in the Camp Friedlander and Cub World CIT Packet which can be downloaded on Camp Forms page here.


Camp Friedlander, the Scouts BSA camp, and Cub World, the Cub Scout camp, of the Dan Beard Council is now hiring camp staff for 2023. Come work in an exciting outdoor environment while you teach Scouts skills that last a lifetime.

  • Assist in the operation of camp
  • Provide excellent program for Scouts and Scouters ranging from merit badges to open programs
  • Lead outdoor education programs for youth and adults
  • Make friendships that will last a lifetime


  • Must be 16 years of age or older (Camp Friedlander) and 15 years of age or older (Cub World)*
  • Must be willing to live on camp from mid-June to early-August (room and board provided)
  • Scouting experience preferred

Several rounds of interviews will be held through the year; the first will be in December. Every new staff member is interviewed by our camp management team to ensure that we only hire the best and to discover what area of camp might be a good fit.

After the interview, you will receive a response letter. If we have found a place for you, congratulations! Sign and return your letter of employment and we’ll follow up later with important employment forms and information on staff orientation.

*All 14 year olds and 15 year olds who cannot commit to the full summer may serve as Counselor-In-Training (CIT) at Camp Friedlander. Some 15 year olds may be considered for a full summer paid position.


  • Monthly Zoom Meetings for Key 3 & Area Directors (beginning January 2023)
  • Full Staff Zoom Meetings begin March 2023

Additional communication schedule items will be added in 2023.


All Camp Staff Resources such as those listed below can be found on our Camp Forms page.

  • Available Positions
  • Camp Staff Parent Approval Form
  • CIT Packet
  • CIT Reference Forms


If you have ever been a part of a camp staff within the Dan Beard Council, you are eligible to join the Dan Beard Council Camp Staff Alumni Association. Annual membership dues are only $15. We schedule several social and service opportunities throughout the year.  Please support our camping programs through your membership. Use the link below to access the membership registration page. Click here for details on the Camp Staff Alumni Association.


Each year, staff members of Cub World and Camp Friedlander can apply for the Robert C. “Bob” Griffin Camp Staff Scholarship. It is a $1,000 scholarship that is presented to one staff member each year, with the agreement that they will return the following summer. One person is then chosen by the selection committee using a detailed process. The Camp Staff Alumni Association has managed the selection process since 2017.

Congratulations to Zachary Hollandsworth who was selected as the recipient of the Robert C. Griffin Camp Staff Scholarship in 2021!

Zachary Hollandsworth has served 4 amazing summers on the Camp Friedlander Camp Staff in the Outdoor Skills area. He is an Eagle Scout with Troop 132 in the Trailblazer District and currently serves as an Assistant Scoutmaster. Hollandsworth is Wood Badge trained and is a member of the Antelope patrol. He is going into his senior year of college at Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in Homeland Security and History with a Geographic Information Systems Certificate. When not at camp, he serves the student body of as the Student Inspector General and as a Resident Advisor. He is currently working on mapping historical sites and location on the DBSR.

“I’m currently working on a BA in History, a BS in Homeland Security, and a certificate in Geographic information Systems. On the face of it, camp staff does not seem like a great fit for that. However, life is what you make it and I have found ways to build camp into my education. This summer is a great example as I have used extra time to walk around camp looking for old stuff (of which we have a lot) and then recording its coordinate data and other relevant information. Over the course of the fall, I am going to use this information to construct several maps for different purposes. This project will count as course credit towards my certificate in GIS. I have other plans and/or projects I can use for next year (depending upon my role) at camp that will be usable for educational goals.”

Look for Zachary Hollandsworth on staff next year!


For questions, please contact the Dan Beard Council Outdoor Program Assistant at (513) 577-7708 or email