2014 Summer Employment

Updated 10/1/2013

The Ultimate West Texas High Adventure Camp


Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Davis Mountains in West Texas, this 9,000-acre ranch is one of America’s premier High-Adventure council camps. The camp is nationally recognized and fully accredited by the Boy Scouts of America. In operation since 1947, this beautiful ranch has met the needs of Scouts, Scouters, and their families for 60 years.

BTSR is located in the middle of Little Aguja Canyon of the Davis Mountains. (The camp is accessed off of Ranch Road 1832, just in between Fort Davis and Balmorhea, TX.) During the course of our 9 week camp, we serve over 4,025 youth and adult campers. There is a wide variety of traditional Scouting programs as well as some premier high adventure activities not found at many other camps. To operate this camp, we hire a camp staff of 75 young men and women from all over the U.S. and we even recruit international staff members as well!

Serving on a summer camp staff can be a very rewarding and fulfilling experience, especially at BTSR. Opportunities for making new friends, helping youth develop and learn new skills, have fun, earn a salary, work on advancement, develop leadership skills, and enjoying the great outdoors are all a part of being a part of the best camp staff in Texas!


Here is a sampling of what some of the leaders and Scouts that have attended BTSR in the past have said about our wonderful staff:

  • “I have been to other Scout camps in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arkansas. Bottom line is that it is the staff that makes a difference in terms of success of a camp. You undoubtedly have the best staff I have ever seen at a Scout camp. They were enthusiastic, engaged, and genuinely seemed to care about the Scouts in attendance. Congratulations on a fine camp and a great staff. We are already planning to return…”
  • “Excellent Customer Service” – Troop 514, LaPorte
  • “Camping and astronomy instructors were excellent.” - Troop 531, McKinney
  • “(We liked) the staff and their ability to adapt” – Troop 1288, Katy
  • “Fantastic help from staff. Great personal commitment!” – Troop 801, Rosenberg
  • “The staff was fun and friendly.” – Troop 41, Alpine, TX
  • “(Staff) made the cavalcade a memorable experience. They know their stuff!” – T- 202, Houston
  • “Staff was great!” – Troop 84, Midland
  • “Staff was very friendly & did a great job of teaching MBs.” – Troop 700, Southlake

Staff will arrive on June 9 for a week of pre-camp training and setup.

Staff Week June 9-15
Week 1 June 15-21 Week 4 July 6-12 Week 7 July 27-August 2
Week 2 June 22-28 Week 5 July 13-19 Week 8 Aug 3-9 Webelos
Week 3 June 29 – July 25 Week 6 July 20-26

Scouting experience not necessary for employment


Staff members are provided food and housing as well as certain staff uniform items. Salaries range from $125-$400 weekly, depending on age, prior experience, and position. Some positions require certification by the National Camp School, BSA, which is paid by the camp as part of your compensation.


In 2008 a new program was begun as a benefit to the hard working staff at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch.  The BTSR Staff Scholarship program awards funds that can be used when you enroll in a college or university of your choosing.  For every summer of service to BTSR, $250 is earned towards this scholarship, and up to $2500 can be earned.  Half of the award is given in the fall and the other half is given in the Spring, upon receipt of proof of enrollment.  For more details and application information, please see the BTSR Camp Staff Scholarship Form.

Base Camp Program
Program Director
Aquatics Programs
Shooting Sports
Horse Wrangler
Scout Skills
Archery Director
High Adventure Areas
Mountain Man
Outback Ranger
Horse Wrangler
Cavalcade Wrangler
High Adventure Staff
Circle H Ranch Program
Cavalry Outpost Camp
Service Staff
Camp Cooks
Assistant Cook(s)
Asst. Ranger–Maintenance
Dining Hall Director
Health Officer
Office Manager
Camp Chaplain
Trading Post Staff
Camp Commissioner

The following documents are in PDF format.

Or Contact the Camp Director, Mark Richardson at 432-570-7601 or email Mark.Richardson@scouting.org

High Adventure Staff Opportunities At Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch

PhotoOpportunities for High Adventure program positions are varied. For the past few years, new programs have been added to the arsenal of programs. In 2007 it was the Circle H Ranching Adventure, in 2008, it was the Cavalry Outpost Camp, and we continue to look for other opportunities every year!

Our current high adventure outpost camps include the Mountain Man Camp, which revolves around the history of the fur trapping era; the Circle H Ranching which teaches and recreates the history of ranching at the turn of the century; and the Cavalry camp, which explores what it was like to be a soldier in the 9th and 10th Cavalry in the late 1800s.

Two more high adventure programs at BTSR roam through the Davis Mountains. The Outback Hiking program is a backpacking program that spends the week exploring the far reaches of the ranch on foot, while stopping in and enjoying some of our outpost programs along the way. Also, our Cavalcade program has the opportunity to explore the countryside, but on the back of a horse instead!

Basecamp adventures include our varied climbing programs, as well as our SCUBA programs. There is something for everyone!


[Updated 4/2/2012]

All Camp employees must complete all of the documents below.  These forms must be received in our office for processing as soon as possible.  Any delay in returning these documents could delay your pay or terminate your employment.  Please feel them out in full and return to:

Please Note: parental consent is needed for all staff members under 18 and permission is also required to leave camp.

The following forms are in PDF format.

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