Cub Scout Day Camp
Cub Scout Day Camps are facilitated by local councils and individuals who serve as camp director, program director or staff adviser must be nationally certified by taking the National Camping School Day Camp Administration section.
To be nationally certified as a day camp director, program director or staff adviser, individuals must complete a three-part training curriculum. This includes an online course, a council-led in person training session and then a day and a half at a National Camping School. This three-part curriculum, combined with the required pre-requisites listed below, will enable individuals to serve in a leadership role at their day camp.
Local Council Day Camp Training Materials
As part of the multi-step approach for day camp director and program certification for “Day Camp Administration”, council day camp leadership will instruct the following course to individuals in their council attending a National Camp School Session. This training should take place before they attend National Camp School.
As a reminder, participants should take the online training prior to participating in this local council facilitated training. The online training link will be sent to individuals registered for a National Camp School Day Camp Administration section and is available on my.Scouting.org e-learning center.
Please ensure that you update each person’s ScoutNet training profile with “CS63” and remind participants to bring a copy of their updated training record with them to their National Camp School course.
- 2021 In-Council NCS Day Camp Syllabus
- 2021 In-Council NCS Day Camp Learning Workbook
- NCS_In Council Training 2021 Slides (please download to your computer, do not adjust slide deck online)
Click HERE to register for National Camping School.
Click HERE to download the National Camping School brochure.
Resources for Day Camps
We encourage local councils to use the national Cub Scout Day Camp theme where possible!
2021 National Theme “Weird Science” Ideas and Resources
- 2021 Cub Scout Day Camp Theme Booklet – Weird Science
- Weird Science Trading Cards
- Weird Science CLIPART
Future Cub Scout Day Camp Themes
- 2022 – Wild Wild West
- 2023 – Off to the Races
Virtual Day Camp Resources
Past Day Camp Information:
- 2020 Cub Scout Day Camp Theme Booklet – 2020 Resource Booklet – Down on the Farm
- 2020 Cub Scout Day Camp Down on the Farm Trading Cards
- 2020 Cub Scout Day Camp CLIPART – Down on the Farm
- 2019 Cub Scout Day Camp Theme Booklet – Beneath the Sea
- 2019 Cub Scout Day Camp Beneath the Sea Trading Cards
- 2019 Cub Scout Day Camp Beneath the Sea Clip Art
- 2016-2018 Past Day Camp Theme Resources
- 2012-2015 Past Day Camp Theme Resources
- 2011 Past Day Camp Frontier Days Resource Guide
Shooting Sports Information
Cub Scout shooting sports programs may be conducted only on a district or council level. Archery, BB gun shooting, and slingshot shooting are restricted to day camps, Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camps, council-managed family camping programs, or council activities where there are properly trained supervisors and where all standards for BSA shooting sports are enforced.
All shooting ranges in the Cub Scout program must be supervised by a qualified range master who is at least 18 years of age and meets the minimum requirements. See specific qualifications and training requirements for Cub Scout shooting sports range masters in the Boy Scouts of America National Shooting Sports Manual, No. 430-938.
Best Practice Idea: Facilitating Cub Scout Shooting Awards at Day Camp
For more information Cub Scout Shooting Sports, visit the Cub Scout shooting sports page.