Camp Director Resource Page

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 

COVID-19 Resources (Updated 7-22-2020)

CDC guidelines – Link to CDC guidelines for Considerations for youth and summer camps 

COVID resources – This link is the ACA COVID resource page for camps

COVID training resources – this link is the ACA COVID online learning and event page

Coronavirus Crisis Communications triage kit – a link to the communications network page for crisis communications

Healthy Camp starts at home – a resource to share with parents to help develop healthy habits prior to arrival at camp. 

Summer Camp Decision Guide Template 4-2-20 – A resource in helping to make the decision about IF and HOW we can open camp. 

Communication Grid COVID19 BSA Camps 4-15-20 – A template for communications to stakeholders during COVID -19 

Emergency Care and Safety Institute – COVID -19 resources from the ECSI. 

Association of Camp Nursing (ACN)– Link to the Association of Camp Nursing information regarding the virus. 

American Red Cross mental health course – link to the American Red Cross online mental health course ($20 as of 6/1/2020)

Suggested Camp Sanitation Supplies and Material list – link to the ACA suggested list of camp sanitation materials.

List of Potential Sanitation Suppliers – potential PPE vendors for camp.

Masks at camp – a video from Ruby Outdoors about the use of face coverings at camp in 2020.

American Camp Association Camp Operations Guide – a guide from the ACA for camp operations in 2020. 

BSA COVID19 Program Guidance: Aquatics, Shooting Sports &  COPE & Climbing – Compilation of materials presented at each webinar. (6-1-20)


Webinar Series - (Updated 10-23-2020)

Below are links to the webinar recordings from Outdoor Programs. 

Pre-Camp Leaders meeting 3-11-2020 – This link has the complete Zoom meeting. Topics include: Mental Health, Camp Staff, Tick Tracker, NCAP 2020 and more. – March 11, 2020

BSA Summer Camps in Uncertain Times COVID -19 Discussion Group – Conversation about the COVID -19 impact on camps. – March 26, 2020

Building Your Decision Timeline for Summer 2020 – A discussion about how to build your decision guide and items to consider. – April 2, 2020

Communicating with Parents and Leaders During COVID – 19 – A discussion about building your communication plan and considerations for communicating to your customers.  – April 6, 2020

Seasonal Staff and COVID – 19 – A discussion about staff concerns with COVID -19. Topics include HR, Staff Engagement, Training, National Camping School. – April 16, 2020

Opening Camp’s Gate: Getting Ready – The first of the conversations about what to do once you are ready to “open” camp. Information about Safety, Sanitation, and National Supply needs. – April 23, 2020

Camp Finance and COVID -19 and Q&A – A conversation about the finance question related to opening camping in 2020 and a panel of experts answers questions on various camp related topics. – April 30, 2020

Opening Camps Gate #2: Getting Ready – A conversation about CDC guidance (as we understand it), an answer to Annual Health and Medical Record questions, and some information about sanitation at camp. – May 7, 2020 

Virtual Camp: Why, How, What and More – A conversation about Virtual camp highlighting two councils Central Florida and Mason Dixon about their virtual camp plan for summer 2020 – May 14, 2020

Shooting Sports Program Area– Cease fire or all Clear – A conversation with the National Shooting Sports Committee Chair about protocols for shooting ranges in 2020 at BSA summer camps and year round operations in the COVID-19 era. –  May 21, 2020

Council Health Supervisor Collaborative Discussion – A conversation with members of the national health and safety committee about guidelines for local council health supervisors in a COVID- 19 camp. May 26, 2020

COPE and Climbing Program Area – Knotted up in the details. – A conversation with the National COPE and Climbing Sub-Committee about protocols for COPE and Climbing program in 2020 at BSA summer camps and year round operations in the COVID-19 era. –  May 27, 2020

BSA Aquatics & COVID-19: Deep Dive – A conversation with the National Aquatics Sub-Committee about protocols for Aquatics in 2020 at BSA summer camps and year round operations in the COVID-19 era. –  May 28, 2020

Mash Up Webinar: Three Topics – Discussion centered around current ACA/CDC guidance viewed through a BSA lens, The Top 10 Items not to forget when running other programs at camp and Virtual NCAP Camp Standards –  May 28, 2020

Day Camp 2020 Live Q&A and Best Practices – A conversation with the National Cub Scout Camping Committee about the operation of a Cub Scout Day camp in 2020 including best practices top ten and virtual camp resources – June 1, 2020

Your Council and Camp is Open, Now What Happens If? – A conversation through incident reviews about what happens if or when COVID-19 comes to your camp, council, or unit meetings. A framework conversation about steps for your recovery plan. – June 23, 2020

Camp is Not Operating this Summer – Actions You Can Take NowA conversation about what it means for camp to be “closed” and a closer look at three case studies from the Atlanta Area Council, Jersey Shore Council, and the Conquistador Council sharing ideas of best practices with camps “closed”. In addition a discussion about alternate programs an insurance considerations. – July 16, 2020

Lessons Learned from CampFive 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

Understanding and Implementing the Short-Term Camp NCAP Classificationan 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

General Resources (Updated 7-22-2020)

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

Project Real Job – link for staff recruitment and social media resources from the ACA

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 – 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. 

Virtual Camp - Updated 5-13-2020

ACA Camps Virtual Program Resources — link to the ACA’s virtual program materials

Food Service

Purell for food service Video – link for a video on food surface purell cleaner

FREE Food Safety online courses – This link is to the ServSafe resource and offers some free online courses related to food service

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)

Trading Post

Pocket Knives – what camp trading post is complete without pocket knives. This is a selection from National Supply.