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Volcano Scouting prides itself on being a youth-led and adult-mentored organization comprised completely of volunteer seasonal staff. While we have an 80% staff retention rate, we are always looking to add new faces to our team! If you're interested in collaborating with other scouts and adult leaders to create premiere outdoor learning experiences, check out the requirements, qualifications, benefits, and application process below!



Volcano Scouting provides young adults with the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and technical skills in real-world applications. In order to qualify to be a staff member with us, you must meet the following requirements:

  • All applicants must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America.

  • All applicants must obtain BSA Youth Protection and Weather Hazard Training.

  • All youth applicants must obtain the rank of First Class by the time of application.

  • All youth applicants must be at least fifteen (15) years of age or older by the time of their first staffing experience.

  • Youth applicants who are fourteen (14) years of age may apply, but need to turn fifteen (15) years of age prior to holding their first staffing experience.

  • Youth applicants who will turn eighteen (18) years of age prior to or during their last staffing experience will be transferred to an adult staff member position.

  • All applicants must complete and submit a Staff Application

  • All selected applicants must agree to complete an online training course before attending their first staffing experience.

  • All selected applicants must acknowledge and agree to the 2022 Staff Handbook.

Furthermore, all Food Service Staff must obtain a valid Washington Food Handler's Card at their own expense.

Adults who are not registered with the Boy Scouts of America cannot serve as staff members.


Volcano Scouting staff develop and lead overnight programs at a retired Forest Service visitor center. We collaborate with financial and logistical partners on a regular basis that requires professional demeanor and respect. We interact with scouts and adult leaders from across the Pacific Northwest; many of whom we have never met. We prepare and serve delicious and healthy meal options to a large number of people. Being a Volcano Scouting staff member is no easy task, but if you ask any alumni, they will tell you it is a fun and rewarding experience.

We ask that applications self-identify their strengths and weaknesses as they apply to the following qualifications:

  • Be active, outgoing, and passionate

  • Be responsible, self-sufficient, and proactive

  • Be collaborative, compassionate, and respectful

  • Think safe and act appropriately

  • Represent the Scout Oath, Law and Outdoor Code in everything you do

  • Experience in a leadership position highly preferred

  • Experience in the outdoors (i.e. camping, hiking, conservation, science, etc.) preferred

  • Valid driver's license, first aid training, leave no trace training, and food handler's card recommended


Volcano Scouting staff members receive unique benefits for their volunteer service, including:

  • Staff shirt (once)

  • Shaff hat (once)

  • Staff patch (once)

  • Staff flannel (after five years of service)

  • Summer Program T-Shirt (annual)

  • Program Patch (each event)

  • $15/event registration fee

  • 15% off Volcano Scouting store items

  • 50% off event trading post items (consumable items only)

  • Indoor lodging at events

  • "Pantry Raid" - access to leftover food on the last night of an event

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