“Enthusiastic, entertaining, hard-working, knowledgeable, and sincere” are just a few of the terms that troops have repeatedly used to describe the staff of Ingersoll Scout Reservation. Each summer, a team of staff members is hired to create a fun summer camp experience for around 1,200 Scouts, which focuses on teaching exciting new skills, providing adventure opportunities, and encouraging rank advancement.
Serving on camp staff helps YOU develop strengths in valuable life skills, such as teaching, communication, leadership, problem-solving, public speaking, working in small groups, and more. In addition, staff members become very close-knit, which often leads to lifelong friendships. Campers who look up to the positive example set by staff members will be encouraged to stay active within Scouting, and eventually explore additional BSA opportunities, such as working on Ingersoll Camp Staff.
What should I know about applying for camp staff?
- All paid staff positions require a minimum age of 16. Other age requirements are specified on the application.
- Due to the limited number of camp staff positions, spots can be competitive. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and should be filled out thoroughly. Submit applications to the Peoria Scout Service Center as soon as possible (resumes optional).
- Volunteer opportunities are available for Counselors-in-Training (ages 14 and 15), as well as adults wishing to volunteer in specific areas.
- All staff are expected to attend staff training week, as well as all six weeks of summer camp. Staff over 18 years old will also be expected to attend pre-staff week for camp setup. Some staff may also be invited to serve on staff for Webelos Weekends. Some area directors may be required to attend National Camping School for certifications (expenses paid).
- All staff must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America, or be willing to register with the BSA prior to the beginning of summer camp.
- Housing will be provided on-site for all staff. The majority of staff will live with at least one other roommate, in a cabin or a canvas platform tent, most of which include electricity.
- A typical workday includes morning and afternoon sessions for merit badges and other activities, meals, and other camp-wide activities. Some areas will also run evening programs.
- Time off is typically from 11:00am Saturday until 11:00am Sunday during each week, unless otherwise announced. One night off during the week is also permitted, after program hours.
- Some college students have chosen to take online classes during the summer by completing coursework during their down time. This commitment can be difficult, but is possible. Arrangements should be made with the Camp Director in advance for utilizing the camp’s internet connection.
- More information can be found in the Staff Manual (will be available for download soon)