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NCS RESOURCES

National Camping School

The purpose of National Camping School (NCS) is to provide adults with a learning experience and training related to the operation of council camp. The key staff members will, in turn, train and supervise other staff personnel in your council camping program.

Training is offered for staff members who will serve as Short-Term Camp Administrators, Day Camp Administrators, Long-term (Resident) Camp Directors, Long-term (Resident) Program Directors, Aquatics Directors, Climbing Directors, Project COPE Directors, Ecology Directors, Outdoor Skills Directors, First-Year Camper Directors, Trek Directors, and Shooting Sports Directors. 

(not all schools will offer all sections. Refer to the Brochure for a list of schools, sections offered and locations)

2021 Brochure

Use this link to download the latest NCS brochure. As additional opportunities are added, the brochure will be updated, so make sure you have the latest here.2021-NCS-brochure  (Updated 3-26-2021).

NCS Certification extension request form – Use this form to request a one season extension for an expired NCS certification.

Questions about National Camping School? – email ncs@scouting.org 

Prerequisites for Resident Camping School

In addition to all requirements to attend National Camping School the following are additionally required:

  • Hold a current lifeguard certification
  • Complete BSA Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat training. 
  • Upon arrival at NCS
    • Be able to complete the 100-yard swimmers test.
    • Immediately after completion of the swimmers test, swim continuously for an additional 450 yards.
    • Immediately after completion of the 450-yard swim, tread water for two minutes.
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using a front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7 to 10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, surface, swim with the object 20 yards back to the starting point, and exit the water within one minute and 40 seconds.
  • Be in good physical condition as indicated on the Annual Health and Medical Record
  • COPE Level 1 Instructor
  • Be in good physical condition as indicated on the Annual Health and Medical Record
  • Climbing Level 1 Instructor
  • Complete online NCAP training module – Information on the link is found in your confirmation email
  • Complete Unlawful Harassment training 

Shooting Sports BASIC Track –

  • Basic knowledge of shooting sports
  • This course is an NRA course and certification is valid for 2 years only

Shooting Sports Director – 

  • NRA Basic Rifle Training
  • NRA Basic Shotgun Training
  • NRA Instructor Rifle Training
  • NRA Instructor Shotgun Training

For information about BSA/NRA courses or to register for a course visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/shooting-sports/

Shooting Sports Director Retraining

  • Score 80% or higher on open book written test (test will be sent by section director)
  •  NRA Rifle Instructor Training
  • NRA Shotgun Instructor Training
  • NRA Muzzleloading Rifle Training
  • USA archery Level 1
  • Be in good physical condition as indicated on the Annual Health and Medical Record
  • Have a working knowledge of council’s COPE or Climbing program
  • Current Certification in NCS COPE or Climbing
  • Provide portfolio demonstrating 50 hours of face to face COPE or Climbing instruction with participants as a NCS Director or Level 1 or Level 2 instructor within the last 3 years. Not more than 5 hours can be in administrative activities. 

2021 Resident (Long-Term) Camping Schools 

 Resident Camp Schools will begin on SATURDAY unless noted.  Recertification sections will also be offered for the following sessions when the Full-Week session is offered: Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Shooting Sports. NOTE: In 2021 there is a new syllabus for Camp Directors and Program directors and there is no recertification course offered. If you have further questions about the school, please contact your School Director or email ncs@scouting.org MailTo icon 

Register for National Camping School

Local councils will register participants for National Camping School – To help in this process, fill out this personal information sheet –  NCS Worksheet – fillable  and return it to your council to be registered to attend. 

Every Participant at National Camping School needs the following:

  • BSA Medical form – download here – Bring to NCS
  • Download the Scouter Code of Conduct
  • Self assess using the Pre-event Medical Screening Checklist
  • Self assess using Model Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist (COVID -19 version) – NOTE: the local council or host location may have additional medical screening protocols. Please contact the host council for additional information not listed below. 
  • The fees listed on the registration site are the on-time registration fees. Payment will be collected at the time of registration when the council approves the registration. In addition:  

    • A registration completed fewer than 14 days prior to the start of the school will incur a $50 late charge.  
    • Cancellations filed more than 14 days in advance of the course will incur a $50 processing fee per registrant. All other paid fees will be refunded. Refund requests must be in writing to NCS@Scouting.org 
    • Late Cancellation: No-shows and cancellations filed fewer than 14 days prior to the start will incur a $100 no-show/ cancellation fee. Refund requests must be in writing to NCS@Scouting.org. 

Hosted by: National Council BSA

Location: Glen Jean, WV

Course Director: Greg Leitch

Local Council Liaison: Larry Boggs

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, COPE, Climbing, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Packet – SBR April

Hosted by: Connecticut Rivers Council

Location: Ashford, CT

Course Director: Rick Poirier

Local Council Liaison: Michael Brown

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Webster

Hosted by: Lincoln Heritage Council

Location: Shepherdsville, KY

Course Director: Thomas Barrington

Local Council Liaison:Sarah Flowers

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Crooked Creek

Hosted by: Heart of America Council

Location: Osceola, MO

Course Director: Clifford Crismore 

Local Council Liaison: David Riker

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, COPE and Climbing Program Trainer, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports, Trek

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – H. Roe Bartle

Hosted by: Capitol Area Council

Location: Bastrop, TX

Course Director: Linda Dieguez

Local Council Liaison: Teresa Northcutt

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, COPE and Climbing Program Trainer, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Lost Pines

Hosted by: Atlanta Area Council

Location: Covington, GA

Course Director: Jeremy Palazolo

Local Council Liaison: Charity Drabik

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, COPE and Climbing Program Trainer, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Bert Adams

Hosted by: Samoset Council

Location: Rhinelander, Wi

Course Director: Scott Domino

Local Council Liaison: Michael Vangelov

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports, Trek

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Camp Tesomas

Hosted by: Old Hickory Council

Location: Mount Airy, NC

Course Director: Tim Harper

Local Council Liaison: Hunter Day

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports, Trek

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Raven Knob

Hosted by: Greater Los Angeles Area Council

Location: Cedar Glen, CA

Course Director: Matt Bear

Local Council Liaison: Charlie Wilson

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports, Trek

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter Hubert Eaton

Hosted by: National Capital Area Council

Location: Goshen, VA

Course Director: Rob Stone

Local Council Liaison: Philip Barbash

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports, Trek

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Goshen Scout Camp

Hosted by: Mount Baker Council

Location: Mount Vernon, WA

Course Director: Todd McDonald

Local Council Liaison: Eric Buher

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter Fire Mountain

Hosted by: Mount Baker Council

Location: Mount Vernon, WA

Local Council Liaison: Eric Buher

Hosted by: Greater New York Councils

Location: Narrowsburg, NY

Course Director: Jay Garee

Local Council Liaison: Wayne Holmes

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Welcome Letter – Ten Mile River

Hosted by: Seneca Waterways Council

Location: Tupper Lake, NY

Course Director: Gary Decker

Local Council Liaison: Aaron Vikemyr

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, Aquatics, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports, Trek

Welcome letter: 

Hosted by: National Council BSA

Location: Cimarron, NM

Course Director: Jeff Doty

Local Council Liaison: Nick Hutchinson

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, COPE, Climbing, Ecology, Outdoor Skills, Shooting Sports

Welcome letter: 2021 NCS Philmont Welcome Letter – Sept

Cub Scout Day Camp

For Cub Scout resources and information about Cub Scout Day Camp – click HERE

Register for In Person National Camping School

Local councils will register participants for National Camping School – To help in this process, fill out this personal information sheet –  NCS Worksheet – fillable  and return it to your council to be registered to attend. 

Cub /Webelos Scout Day Camp Administration

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. If you have a current Day Camp Administration certification that has not expired, you do not have to take this training. This format and curriculum is for anyone who is not yet certified.  All three sessions, online, in-person local council session and the 1.5 days at NCS are required to be fully certified and they should be taken in that order when possible. Once individuals register for national camp school, they will receive the link for the online training course.

Prerequisites:
Participants must have completed Cub Scout Leader Training and Youth Protection Training available in the BSA Learn Center available through My.Scouting. A copy of the certificate(s) or training record is required.

Cancellation and late registration:

The fees listed on the registration site are the on-time registration fees. Payment will be collected at the time of registration when the council approves the registration. In addition:  

A registration completed fewer than 14 days prior to the start of the school will incur a $50 late charge.  

Cancellations filed more than 14 days in advance of the course will incur a $50 processing fee per registrant. All other paid fees will be refunded. Refund requests must be in writing to NCS@Scouting.org 

Late Cancellation: No-shows and cancellations filed fewer than 14 days prior to the start will incur a $100 no-show/ cancellation fee. Refund requests must be in writing to NCS@Scouting.org. 

2021 Day Camp Administration School Dates:

Hosted by:  Central Florida Council

Location: Paisley, FL

Course Director: Charlene Neuterman

Local Council Liaison: Leigh Taylor

 Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS La-No-Che Welcome Letter

Hosted by:  Michigan Crossroads Council

Location: Clare, MI

Course Director: Dianna Marsh

Local Council Liaison: Corrie Groth

 Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS Camp Rotary Welcome Letter

Hosted by: Three Harbors

Location: Oconomowoc, WI

Course Director: Jim Tobakos

Local Council Liaison: Wally Smith

Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS Welcome Letter-Three Harbors

Hosted by: Quapaw Area Council

Location: Damascus, AR

Course Director: Jamie Green

Local Council Liaison: Butch Walker

Welcome letter: 2021 Camp Rockefeller Welcome Letter

Hosted by: Spirit of Adventure Council

Location: Boston, MA

Course Director: Angela Rzeszut

Local Council Liaison: Darrin Johnson

Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS NEBC Welcome Letter

Hosted by: Pacific Harbors Council

Location: Olympia, WA

Course Director: Cheri Pepka

Local Council Liaison: Warren Waddell

Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS Thunderbird Welcome Letter

Hosted by: Greater Los Angeles Area Council

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Course Director: Laurene Huelsman

Local Council Liaison: Charlie Wilson

Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS Welcome Letter Cushman Watt Scout Center

Hosted by: Laurel Highland Council

Location: Sharpsburg, PA

Course Director: Bill Hendrick

Local Council Liaison: Kim Daniher

Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS Camp Guyasuta Welcome Letter

Hosted by: Southwest Florida Council

Location: Bradenton, FL

Course Director/Local Council Liaison: Bruce Hassy

Welcome letter: 2021 Camp Flying Eagle Welcome Letter

Hosted by: Crossroads of the West Council

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Course Director: Linda Vaughn

Local Council Liaison: Jeremy Bell

Welcome letter: 2021 Camp Tracy Welcome Letter

Hosted by: Greater Yosemite Council

Location: Modesto, CA

Course Director: Toni Welch

Local Council Liaison: Robin Wilson

Welcome letter: 2021 CSDCS Welcome Letter – Greater Yosemite

 *Limited to those who cannot travel due to Covid-19 restrictions in their area or who missed a course held previously near them. 

Location: Online

Course Director: Dennis Kampa

Local Council Liaison:

Welcome letter: 

Hosted by: Greater New York Councils

Location: Alpine, NJ

Course Director: Dan Albert

Local Council Liaison: Wayne Holmes

Welcome letter: 

Short-Term Camp Administrator Training

To register for Short-Term camp administrator training visit the short-term camp website at https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/camping/short-term-camp/

National Camping School Staff Resources Page – password protected

 

Select your National Camping School Branded Gear HERE.

NOTE: To place an order for any of the products above, please email NDCSupply.Orders@scouting.org