This page is meant to have a place for directors of local council camps to access a variety of resources that may help your camp operation. Many of these resources are on the public domain and are not affiliated with the BSA. We do not endorse any of these, we are simply listing here as a reference for you. if there is something you wish were here that we do not have, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Director Resources
Webinar Series - (Updated 3-12-2021)
Below are links to the webinar recordings from Outdoor Programs. COVID-19 specific webinars can be found here. Webinars are listed most recent first.
For a list of upcoming webinars and registration links click here.
2021 Pre-Camp Leader Meeting – Preparing for summer 2021: Resources related to COVID-19, Supporting Scouts in a Pandemic, NCAP and more – March 11, 2021
Staff Retention and getting them back for 2021 – A discussion about staff recruitment and retention ideas to get and keep staff in 2021. Highlighted are Denver Area Council Scholarships and Grand Canyon Council College Internship programs. A safety moment from Jayhawk area council about how to talk to your staff about COVID protocols. – Feb 11, 2021
Penn State Pro Wellness and Camp Food Service– A discussion with Penn State about Camp Revamp and with camps who delivered food in various ways in 2020. Heart of America Council – Campsite delivery, Alamo Area Council – Dining Hall, and Longs Peak Council – Family Style dining hall. Links to some great resources for camp food service. – Jan 14-2021
2021 Motor Vehicle Operations – ATV / UTV / LTV – NCAP Standard FA-711 Policy and Training Requirements – a conversation about NCAP standard FA-711 and specifics about the definitions of ATV/UTV/ LTV and Golf carts at camp. A discussion about the training required in the standard. – December 10, 2020
Understanding and Implementing the Short-Term Camp NCAP Classification– an introduction to the NCAP Short-term camp classification explaining the why, what and how this new classification will be implemented in camps beginning Jan 1, 2021. – October 22-2020
Business of Adventure Business Plan Creation – a walkthrough of creating a business plan for your camping operation in your council. A template of questions to begin or enhance you plan. – October 1, 2020
Lessons Learned from Camp– Five councils who operated in person Day, weekend and Resident Camps in 2020 share the lessons learned through their experiences. Also a look at lessons learned nationally. – September 3, 2020
General Resources (Updated 2-14-2021)
American Red Cross online training updates – an update on the latest online training options from the red cross.
CPRO Interim Virtual Skills Training – Interim Virtual Skills Training For CPRO from the American Red Cross
Lifeguarding Interim Virtual Skills Trainings – Interim Virtual Skills Training for Life guarding from the American Red Cross
ACA website – the link to the American Camp Association website. A site for all camp professionals. Some portions require membership.
ACA Free Video series – This link provides free videos from the ACA on a variety of topics.
Camp Nurse – this site is helpful for health information for camps. Some portions require membership.
Emergency Care and Safety Institute – Link to the BSA and ECSI partnership page
Kid President Letter – A sample letter to your staff on the first day of camp – Resource from Kim Aycock
Tent Maintenance – Here is a guide from Diamond Brand tent about maintenance
Closed Camp Checklist – A resource for camps who have chosen to close the property for some period of time.
Mental Health Resources
Mental Wellness for Campers and Staff: Tips for the Camp Professional – Link to an online course from the ACA
Stress management – A checklist of signs of over stress by Dr. Anthony Rao PhD.
Stress management – Link to YouTube video on stress management
Stress Management – 17 Science-Based ways to relieve stress
The importance of Sleep – Video on the importance of enough sleep –
The Trauma Informed Camp – a Checklist for your Trauma response at your camp. Resource from Linda Erceg
Camper Mental Health – A discussion about mental health for Campers by Chris Thurber PhD.
Mental Health First Aid – Link for Mental Health for youth courses
Behind Happy Faces – Link to guide for taking care of your own mental health for young adults
Staff Recruitment Resources
Staff Training - Digital Resources
Quizizz – FREE quiz development site to customize your own quiz or choose from available quizzes.
Kahoot!– interactive quiz development site to customize your own quiz.
Leave no trace – link to online leave no trace awareness training courses
Camp Chaplain Orientation – link to the orientation to be a camp Chaplain
Camp Health Officer Training for Day Camps and Short Term Camps – link to the camp health officer training (SQ – 405)
Camp Health Officer Training Long Term Camp – Link to the camp health officer training (SQ-405)
The BSA has created this facilitator-led syllabus with accompanying PowerPoint presentation for BSA camp directors and program directors to train camp staff members. This course covers how to prevent, recognize, respond to, and report inappropriate youth-on-youth behavior.
Understanding and Preventing Youth-on-Youth Abuse Training for Camp Staff, No. 430-149 replaces Camp Staff Youth Protection Training, No. 430-149 and meets the requirements of NCAP Standard SQ-402 B.
Program - Updated 6-1-2020
ATV Recreational vehicle – link to Recreational Off Highway Vehicle Association (ROVA)Safety tips
BSA COVID19 Program Guidance: Aquatics, Shooting Sports & COPE & Climbing – Compilation of materials presented at each webinar. (6-1-20)
Pocket Knives – what camp trading post is complete without pocket knives. This is a selection from National Supply.