HEALTH LODGE DIRECTOR | Goshen Scout Reservation

Position Overview:

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the Goshen Scout Reservation is home to 5 resident (overnight) summer camps; 3 Scouts BSA (serving youth ages 11 – 18), 1 Webelos and Arrow of Light (serving youth ages 9 – 11), and 1 High Adventure Base (serving youth ages 13 – 20). Goshen Scout Reservation’s mission is to provide exceptional outdoor program opportunities for all members of the scouting community, and in doing so, will attract the very best camp staff and organize world class programs that always exceed our customer’s expectations.

The Health Lodge Director/Camp Health Officer is responsible for camp health and safety, and for the operation of the Health Lodge and its associated programs. The Health Lodge Director will respond to and manage medical emergency situations, and will work to ensure campers enjoy a safe and healthy camp experience. The Health Lodge Director reports to the Goshen Scout Reservation Director and lives on site at the Goshen Scout Reservation during the summer season.


  • Oversee and provide health care that meets the needs of campers and staff. Work with the Goshen Scout Reservation Director to coordinate off-site treatment for those who require it.
  • Respond to camp emergencies, including in backcountry areas.. Provide medical care as needed. Notify the Goshen Scout Reservation Director immediately when a medical situation is likely to lead to the activation of non-camp Emergency Medical Services (911).
  • Must be physically able to navigate rocky and uneven terrain and travel on foot while carrying emergency medical equipment in the event of a backcountry emergency.
  • Act as a liaison between the Goshen Scout Reservation and local EMS.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations and procedures of GSR Health Lodge, Camp First Aid rooms, and each camp’s health and safety staff (“First Aiders.”)
  • Train and supervise the Health Lodge Assistant, Health Lodge Volunteers, and, with Camp Directors, Camp First Aiders within the scope of NCAC Standing Medical Orders and Protocols.
  • Train camp staff on their role in medical situations and procedures, as well as proper sanitation of camp supplies and facilities.
  • Maintain and oversee a master daily sick and injury log.
  • Assist with administrative and operational responsibilities, including assistance in completion of incident reports, as required by the Reservation Director.
  • Maintain first aid and safety supplies in the Health Lodge and camp First Aid rooms. Restock and order supplies as needed.
  • Help to ensure camp facilities and areas are safe and clean. Report unsafe or unsanitary facilities to the individual Camp Director so they can be addressed.
  • Work in conjunction with the Council Physician, local emergency services and local hospital.
  • Establish a good relationship with campers, leaders, and staff.
  • Assist in the set up and tear down of Health Lodge and First Aid room facilities.
  • Submit a “closing report” at the end of the season, including inventories, daily duties, and suggestions for improvement for the following season.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Time Commitment:

The onsite management of health and safety at the Goshen Scout Reservation will be from June 8 – August 6, 2024, based on registration.


The Health Lodge Director reports to Goshen Scout Reservation Director with individuals and groups including, but not limited to, the camp administration, local EMS, the Reservation Superintendent and Camp Rangers, Camp Staff, scout volunteers, and parents.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be able to register as a member of the BSA and submit to a background check. Must complete all Youth Protection Training courses and adhere to incident reporting guidelines.
  • Must hold a valid certification for one of the following: Emergency medical technician (basic or intermediate), Paramedic,  Licensed physician assistants, Nurse (RN, LPN, or LVN), Licensed nurse practitioner, or Licensed physician.
  • Must hold or be willing to obtain Mental Health First Aid for Youth (MESH) certification, a eight hour training course, prior to the start of the summer season. The cost of training and travel/lodging will be covered by NCAC.
  • Current certification in Wilderness First Aid (American Red Cross, SOLO, or equivalent) preferred.


The employee will be paid a seasonal salary starting at $600.00 per week for the duration of the summer season. All room and board that is provided is in addition to this salary. Compensation includes all pre-season preparation and post season closing reports, including all training that may be necessary for the successful execution of the position. This position is exempt from the minimum wage-maximum hours provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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