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The Summit Bechtel Reserve Seasonal Employment Information


The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve is a 10,600 acre facility in Southern West Virginia operated by the Boy Scouts of America. The programs at the Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR) are all about challenging Scouts and Venturers. The Summit is home to the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, The James C. Justice National Scout Camp and the John D. Tickle National Training & Leadership Center – three distinct operations but all through which participants will be exposed to a set of core values important to The Summit, Scouting and Life:

Adventure – We encourage Scouts to challenge themselves through exciting adventure sports, wilderness survival, and outdoor exploration.

Service – Through meaningful projects, we teach Scouts the fulfillment that comes with helping others.

Sustainability – With experiential learning, we develop scouts into stewards of the world we live in and be mindful of their economic, social, and environmental impacts.

Leadership – Through training, challenges, and empowerment, we help scouts excel at taking command of their lives and setting an example for others.

The Summit encourages participants to grow in competence, confidence and awareness by providing experiences that require participants to move out of their comfort zones and “stretch” themselves.

Be a part of something big – we need your help to give our campers the best summer experience of their lives!

The Summit is currently seeking staff to operate and support its 2018 summer seasonal programs!

Positions are varied and include everything from managers and operators of each of the adventure sports venues, to Scout Camp Commissioners, administrative support, logistics and maintenance.

Each program component provides a different level of challenge while putting physical endurance to the test. The Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base, with activities centered in the SBR’s exciting Adventure Zone will develop skills and build confidence while challenging the hardiest Scouts and Venturers with world class zip lines, canopy tours, skate parks, BMX tracks, mountain bike trails and more

The James C. Justice National Scout Camp’s programs, mostly in the Scott Summit Center, focus on adventure activity exploration, advancement opportunities, and Scouting traditions through campfires, flag ceremonies merit badge programs and much more. This is more in-line with the experience of a council summer camp, but with the excitement of the Summit’s venues and activities.

The John D. Tickle National Training & Leadership Center had its official opening in 2016 and provides unique and specialized training opportunities to Scouts, Venturers and adult leaders from across the country. Its focus is on unit/council program support, subject mastery, and providing credentials and/or certifications to its’ participants to enrich their Scouting career.

Basic qualifications for employment:

  • The minimum age requirement for seasonal staff is 18. Some positions require a minimum age of 21.
  • You must agree to submit to a criminal background check.
  • Prior to your employment start date, you must obtain a medical exam by a certified and licensed physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant that demonstrates minimum physical capabilities commensurate with the desired position. You will be required to present the BSA’s Annual Health and Medical Record form, completed and signed by this medical professional, in advance of your arrival.
  • These physical standards, including BMI and weight limitations, are consistent with the requirements we place on participants who register for programs at The Summit. Specifically, a body mass index (BMI) of 32 or less is required to participate in all of the high-adventure activities at the Summit. Those with BMIs of 32 to 40 will require additional documentation from their physicians stating that they are fit to participate. Owing to the physical demands of the site and the nature of our programs, with rare exceptions, those with a BMI greater than 40 will not be selected to serve as a staff member. Those intending to work at the Summit should be aware that the average temperature from June through August is 60 to 80+ degrees and the humidity averages 70 to 75 percent. Also, the terrain at the Summit is very hilly and the layout requires considerable walking and effort.
  • You must legally be able to work in the United States – every applicant who is offered a job will be required to complete an Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) form and present the required documentation.
  • You do not have to be a current member of the Boy Scouts of America to apply for an employment opportunity, however, if offered a position you will be required to become an adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • You must have enthusiasm for working with youth; you must have sound judgment and decision-making skills plus be warm, caring and patient.

PLEASE NOTE: These are paid seasonal positions.

How to Apply for Seasonal Employment

  1. Complete the online application. Be sure to provide a current email address and phone number where you may be contacted. You’ll be given the opportunity to select up to three positions of interest.
  2. If desired, upload a resume. This is recommended, especially for management or supervisory positions.
  3. Be sure to provide the email address of someone who can provide an employment reference. An email will be sent to the individual asking them to complete an online reference for you.

Applications will not be considered until a completed reference is received.

(PLEASE NOTE: Returning staff members from 2017 are not required to submit reference information).

  1. International applicants (non-US citizens) MUST apply through the BSA’s International Department and through your country’s National Scout Organization. Details are provided in the link, above.


What to Expect Next

  • Completed applications (with reference) will be reviewed by Summit Management.
  • Telephone interviews will be scheduled.
  • Verbal/preliminary employment offers will be made to selected candidates.
  • Beginning in January 2018, formal employment offers with required paperwork, including Criminal Background Check authorization, will be forwarded to selected candidates.

(ALL seasonal staff, including returning staff, are required to undergo an annual CBC).

  • Completed employment forms must be submitted to The Summit in advance of your first day of employment and as soon as possible after employment acceptance.


Season Dates

With some exceptions for pre-season and post-season support, staff should expect to work through the following dates depending on their position:

  • Leadership (Director/Manager) Positions: May 20th through August 6th
  • Trek Staff Positions: May 27th through September 2nd
  • Technical Program Positions: May 27th through August 5th
  • General Staff Positions: June 3rd through August 5th


  • Staff salaries start at $1,150/month and go up from there, depending on qualifications and responsibility. A small number of experienced top-level managers can make as much as $1,850/month,
  • Room (Tent) & Board provided,
  • Professional Certification Training,
  • Professional Discounts on hundreds of brands,
  • New River Gorge backyard playground with world famous rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, & hiking,
  • One of “America’s Coolest Small Towns” within minutes of the Site; another within an hour’s drive,
  • Develop life skills through leading, guiding and caring for participants,
  • Create friendships to last a lifetime!

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Employment questions may be sent to or call 304-465-2800.

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