Training and Resources

Contact the Outdoor Programs/Properties Department for more information about these courses.

The Business of Camping

Bowman’s Clock (20 minutes)

Price vs. value: What do your camping fees say about the value your customers place on this outdoor experience?

Core Competence Analysis (20 minutes)

What is your unique selling proposition and are you pivoting on your strengths?

Frequency Histograms and Pareto Principle (30 minutes)

Focus on the important stuff. What is the important stuff? Histograms provide a fundamental mathematical formula for sorting data.

Legal Issues (30 minutes)

As a property manager, what key regulatory issues affect your business?

Camp Rangers, Camp Maintenance, Camp Success! (50 minutes)

Our rangers are an important part of our leadership team. They are on the front lines of customer service and cost control. Find out about the training we are developing to help them become successful. Topics include an introduction to the predictability of facility failure and communicating upward, deferred maintenance, funded depreciation, budgeting, and maintenance software.

Budgeting (1 hour)

Learn the best practices for planning, monitoring, and executing a realistic camp budget. This is an essential element of a camp business plan.

Root Cause Analysis (25 minutes)

Does it feel like you solve problems only to have them reappear in a different way (the “slug a mole” effect)? Find out how to identify and resolve the root cause of problems.

NCAP: Demystifying the Application Process (1 hour)

Learn how to put the National Camp Accreditation Program to use for your purposes. Think of it as a business plan, and reap the rewards!

Analyzing Camp Expense (1 hour)

Learn about our new PeopleSoft module that lets you establish key metrics in your camp budget. A workbook is included.

Contract Essentials (1 hour)

What are the essentials of a contract? Can any employee commit the council to pay for work or services delivered? What standard contracts are available online? How do contracts apportion risks? What are the advantages of a design-build contract? These and other contracting questions will be answered.

How to Get the Most Out of CFET (45 minutes)

The Camp Facilities Evaluation Tool has opened a lot of eyes as it has begun to pay off. Learn how to take it to the next level for the benefit of your council, your career, and the Scouts.

Measuring Program Quality (4 hours)

This course is a product of the Market Analysis Project (Wisconsin 2013). What makes a great program? It can be measured. And if it’s measured, it can be understood. If understood, it can be improved. Learn how to use the Camp Program Evaluation Tool (CPET).


Strategic Analysis of Camp Properties (32 hours)

This course that is part of the PTC fall conference in 2015 provides analytical tools to help you measure your camp performance in critical areas such as finance, diversity, and program quality. A workbook is included.


Design and Development of Camping Properties

Stewardship (30 minutes)

Stewardship is the foundation of what we do on behalf of others. Join us as we explore this core concept.

Partnerships (15 minutes)

Partnerships are force multipliers. We will provide guidance on effective partners.

Camp Conservation (10 minutes)

Learn to be stewards of our largest assets. We will provide you with an overview of resources.

Design (1 hour)

Learn how designers “create space,” and how they rely on and promote natural features. Find out what is good design and what is bad design and why. Learn time-tested ways of developing ideas and concepts.

Construction (2 hours)

There are many construction delivery methods, but which one is right for you? Find out how to maximize asset life and minimize cost for utilities, program areas, dining, administrative needs, and housing.

Camp and Office Brand Management (20 minutes)

Discover the importance of brand management and how it applies to BSA facilities. You’ll learn about signs, messaging, design, construction, and resources.

Outdoor Programs

What’s New in Outdoor Programs (45 minutes)

Find out what is new and what is outdated in camp programs. Topics include COPE and climbing, Cub Scout activities, shooting sports, biking, fishing, aquatics, and Sea Scouts.

The Council Office

Design of the Council Service Center (1 hour)

This mini course is intended to explain the need, then develop a design process for a council service center that is thorough and inclusive. Developing the design process early in the project adds needed structure to this mission-critical project. The target audience is both volunteer and professional.

The Environment

Conservation and Sustainability (3 hours)

Conservation, sustainability, and ecology are part of our DNA as Scouts. Learn how these topics interact and overlap. See how the BSA intends to go from “green to deep green.” Practical advice on topics of impact include: sustainability, Leave No Trace, conservation principles, conservation plans, conservation tools, lead management, wastewater management, drinking water management, and erosion control.

Project Management

Successful Strategies for BSA Professionals (Project Management Essentials) (4 hours)

Many of our director-level professionals and smaller council Scout executives are faced with managing resources to accomplish short-term goals. Leading camp development projects, creating a strategic plan, or running a capital campaign are all examples of projects. Whether dealing with manpower or money, the leader must be well-organized and thoughtful in order to use resources wisely. In this course, we will explore: leadership (integration), project charters, the triple constraint, communication management, and risk management. A workbook is included.