RESOURCES

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 NCS brochure. Use the brochure for general information and prerequisites. As NCS courses in 2021 continue to evolve the list below on this page will be updated, but the brochure may not reflect the most current changes of locations and offerings. Please use the information on this page for the most up to date information related to sites and offerings. 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

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. 

Councils wishing to register participants should access the registration link found on the BSA workplace group for Outdoor Programs. 

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: Cimarron, NM

Course Director: Jeff Doty

Local Council Liaison: 

Sections Offered: Camp Director, Program Director, COPE, Climbing,COPE and Climbing Program Trainer, 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:

All 2021 Schools have concluded. Dates for the 2022 schools will be posted here soon.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER AT DAY CAMP!

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