Serving as a member of the Summer Camp Staff at either Bashore Scout Reservation or J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation is one of the most rewarding experiences a Scout or Scouter can have.  Camp Staff members impact hundreds of lives each summer and serve as living examples of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

How to Apply

To apply to be a Camp Staff Member, complete and return the application below for the camp at which you are interested in working.  Read the application carefully and provide all necessary information.  Pay attention to the minimum ages required for various camp positions.

J. Edward Mack Scout Reservation

Mack Returning Staff Application

Mack New Staff Application

Bashore Scout Reservation

Bashore Returning Staff Application

Bashore New Staff Application


Required Camp Staff Paperwork

For Both Camps


Required Pre-Camp BSA Training

The following online trainings must be completed prior to arriving at camp. Staff members will not be able to begin employment if these trainings are incomplete.

Each of these trainings is valid for two years. Please provide a copy of your previous training completion certificates if they are still valid.

Seasonal Camp Staff Unlawful Harassment Prevention Training

  1. Go to the following link:
  2. Using the drop down boxes, enter or select the required information.
  3. When the required fields have been completed you will be directed to the required training course.
  4. Complete the training course and print the certificate of completion.
  5. Provide a copy of the certificate of completion with your employment paperwork.

For questions about this training contact your Camp Director. For problems with access to, or functionality of the course, contact LawRoom 1-800-652-9546 or

Youth Protection Training

All staff members, regardless of age, must complete Youth Protection Training. Provide a copy of the certificate of completion with your employment paperwork. To take Youth Protection Training online go to

Hazardous Weather Training

All staff members, regardless of age, must complete Hazardous Weather Training. Provide a copy of the certificate of completion with your employment paperwork. To take Hazardous Weather Training online go to


PA Required Background Clearances and Training

With the implementation of PA Act 153 of 2014, all Camp Staff members (including CITs) and camp volunteers must now complete a series of child protection clearances prior to beginning any work in which they are “responsible for the welfare of a child or having direct contact with children.”  For the purpose of this law, CITs are considered employees because they are provided room and board and are under the control of the Camp Director while at Camp.

Beginning in 2015, all staff members and volunteers must complete the three clearances listed below. Clearances are valid for 60 months. Employees who have obtained these clearances for other organizations must complete and submit new clearances and submit an original report of each clearance to your Camp Director when completed. Clearances will be kept in locked storage at the Council Service Center.

Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Check – Cost $8 (ALL)

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Submit a New Record Check” about half way down the page to begin the process.
  3. On the Personal Information screen, select “Employment Screening” under Reason For Request.
  4. Once your request has finished processing, do one of the following:
    1. If No Record, print the Record Check Request Results page clearly showing your Control # and “No Record.”
    2. If Record, submit the report that will be mailed to you.
  5. If you have questions about the Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Checks form (SP4 164), please call: (717) 783-9973 or toll free 1-888-783-7972.

PA Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance – Cost $8 (ALL)

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Create a New Account” to begin the process.
  3. Once on the application, select “Employment with a significant likelihood of regular contact with children” as the Application Purpose.
  4. Once completed, your results will be mailed to you in 4 to 6 weeks.  Once you receive your results, turn them in.
  5. For questions related to the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, please contact the ChildLine Verification Unit at 717-783-6211 or toll free at 1-877-371-5422.

Fingerprint-Based FBI Criminal Background Check – Cost $27.50 (See Below)

  1. Required for all paid employees age 18 and over and volunteers age 18 and over helping more than one week. Required for any CIT, employee under age 18, or volunteer who has lived outside of PA in the last 10 years.
    1. CITs and Employees under age 18 are exempt provided that they have been a continuous resident of PA for the past 10 years.  CITs and Employees under 18 in this situation must provide a DISCLOSURE STATEMENT for EMPLOYMENT which must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
    2. Volunteers working one week or less are not required to obtain the FBI Clearance if they have been a continuous resident of PA for the past 10 years. Volunteers in this situation must swear or affirm in writing that they are not disqualified from service based upon a conviction of an offense under § 6344. To do this complete this form and turn it in to your camp director: DISCLOSURE STATEMENT for VOLUNTEERS
  2. PA Residents: This is a multi-step process involving first registering and paying online then going to an authorized fingerprint location.
    1. Pre-registration is required online at
    2. After registering online, visit a registered 3M Cogent Fingerprint site. Call ahead to double check times and availability.
      1. 3M Cogent Fingerprint sites in Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, PA include:
        1. The UPS Store #3413 – Columbia Ave, Lancaster
          1. Weekdays – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
          2. Saturdays – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
      2. The UPS Store #3230 – Ephrata
        1. Weekdays – 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
        2. Saturdays – 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
      3. DB Fisher Tours- Lebanon
      4. IU 13 Burle Center – New Holland Pike., Lancaster
        1. Tuesday – 8:30AM – 4:00PM and 6:00PM – 8:00PM
          Wednesday – 8:30AM – 4:00PM and 6:00PM – 8:00PM
          Thursday – 8:30AM – 4:00PM
      5. IU 13 One Cumberland St., Lebanon
        1. Tuesday – 4:00PM- 6:00PM
          Thursday – 4:00PM- 6:00PM
          Friday – 10:00AM – 4:00PM
  1. Non-PA Residents: Fingerprint cards are the only option for out-of-state applicants. Here are the steps to take to complete the process:
    1. Find someone (local police jurisdiction or State Police) who is able to take ink-based fingerprints and place them on FBI fingerprint cards. If you need fingerprint cards, you can download them from the FBI’s website at
      1. Under Employer and Address enter – PA Dutch Council, BSA 630 Janet Ave. Suite B114, Lancaster, PA 17601
      2. Under Reason Fingerprinted enter Child Care
    2. Register on-line by going to  Select “Register Online.” Go through the online registration process. Print out the last screen where it says you have completed registration. The fee can be paid online with a credit card or you can submit a money order (if using a money order make it payable to 3M Cogent).
    3. Mail in the completed fingerprint cards, a copy of the registration receipt, or a money order (if applicable) to PA DPW Card Receiver, 3M Cogent, 5025 Bradenton Ave., Suite A Dublin, Ohio 43017 (address for 3M Cogent will be provided once you finish registering online).
    4. Important Note – The FBI needs two separate sets of ink print cards submitted before they will do a name search. So, if there are any issues with having difficulty obtaining clear prints (medical condition that doesn’t allow you to fully open your hands, worn fingerprints, etc.) you might be required to submit a second set of fingerprints. This isn’t always necessary, but if the first set isn’t clear and the FBI rejects them this will add a significant delay if you did not get two sets completed initially. Please be sure to get two done, send them both and the second set will be held to see if the FBI rejects the first set.
    5. Important Note – When you register on-line, you are going to enter your address. This address is used to not only assist in the search of a criminal record but is also used to mail the results letter. Be sure to enter an address where you can receive your results letter.
  2. Once complete, your results will be mailed to you in 2 to 3 weeks.  Once you receive your results, turn them in.