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 Camp Directors, 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) 

2020 Brochure IS HERE! 

Click NCS-brochure to download the 2020 NCS brochure (updated 11-8-19). We will continue to make updates as we add additional sections and locations. Please make sure to download the latest brochure. 

 Questions about National Camping School? – email 

 2020 Registration coming soon!

REGISTRATION will open in November for National Camping Schools in 2020! Check back then.

2020 Resident Camping School Dates: 

Please note in 2020 Resident Camp Schools will begin on SATURDAY unless noted. 

Location City, State Host Council Start Date
Florida National High Adventure Sea Base Islamorda, FL National Council 2/8
Alpine Scout Camp Alpine, NJ Greater New York  2/29
Philmont Scout Ranch Cimarron, NM National Council 3/29   (Sunday Start)
Summit Bechtel Reserve Glen Jean, WV National Council 4/18
*June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation (two weekend) Ashford, CT Connecticut Rivers  4/24 and5/1 (Friday start)
Summit Bechtel Reserve Glen Jean, WV National Council 5/9
H Roe Bartle Scout Reservation Osceola, MO Heart of America 5/16
Lost Pines Scout Reservation Bastrop, TX Capitol Area 5/16
Bert Adams Scout Camp Covington, GA  Atlanta Area 5/16
Tesomas Scout Camp Rhinelander, WI Samoset 5/23
Camp Raven Knob Mount Airy, NC Old Hickory 5/23
Hubert Eaton Scout Reservation Cedar Glen, CA Los Angeles Area  5/23
Summit Bechtel Reserve Glen Jean, WV National Council 5/30
Fire Mountain Scout Camp Mt Vernon, WA Mount Baker 6/6
Ten Mile River Scout Camps Narrowsburg, NY  Greater New York 6/6
Massawepie Scout Camps Tupper Lake, NY  Seneca Waterways 6/13
Philmont Scout Ranch Cimarron, NM  National Council 9/20 (Sunday Start)

Cub Scout Day Camp

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

Cub /Webelos Scout Day Camp Administration

Beginning in 2019, 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 card that has not expired, you do not have to take this training. This new National Camp School 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.

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.

2020 Day Camp Administration School Dates: 

Location Host Council State Start Date End Date
Camp Pupukea Aloha Area Council HI 2/1 2/2
Camp La No Che Central Florida Council FL 2/8 2/9
Houston area Sam Houston Area Council TX 2/8 2/9
National Service Center National Council TX 2/22 2/23
Beaumont Scout Reservation Greater St. Louis Area Council MO 2/29 3/1
Camp Loud Thunder Illowa Council IA 3/7 3/8
YMCA Camp Weaver North Carolina (not a council) NC 3/14 3/15
Camp Rotary Michigan Crossroads Council MI 3/14 3/15
Camp Snyder National Capital Area Council VA 3/21 3/22
New England Base Camp Spirit of Adventure Council MA 3/21 3/22
Walker Creek Ranch Marin County Education (not a council) CA 3/21 3/22
Bert Adams Scout Camp Atlanta Area Council GA 3/21 3/22
Philmont Scout Ranch National Council NM 3/21 3/22
Latimer Scout Reservation Middle Tennessee Council TN 3/28 3/29
Hubert Eaton Scout Reservation Greater Los Angeles Area Council CA 3/28 3/29
Camp Thunderbird Pacific Harbors Council WA 3/28 3/29
Council Service Center Northern Lights Council ND 3/28 3/29
Camp Naish Heart of America Council KS 4/18 4/19
Camp Flying Eagle Southwest Florida Council FL 4/18 4/19
Ed Bryant Scout Reservation Glacier’s Edge Council WI 4/18 4/19
Camp Rockefeller Quapaw Area Council AR 4/25 4/26
Camp Guyasuta Laurel Highlands Council PA 4/25 4/26
K–M Scout Ranch Montana Area Council MT 4/25 4/26
Alpine Scout Camp Greater New York Councils NJ 6/6 6/7
Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Orange County Council CA 10/3 10/4

Important information about Shooting Sports at NCS – 

NRA Instructor Course Pre-Requisites: All BSA shooting sports candidates MUST take a basic student class in their discipline before attending the instructor class.   Therefore, before you can attend and be certified as a NRA Rifle and Shotgun instructor, you MUST already have taken and passed NRA Basic Rifle and Shotgun classes. The BSA and NRA offer these courses at discounted prices across the country or you can attend any commercial NRA Basic Rifle and Shotgun classes. To find a Basic Rifle and/or Shotgun course in  your area, please visit: . If you have any questions, please email .

Prior to attending National Camping School participants must complete:

  • NRA basic class (in each discipline (Rifle and Shotgun)
  • NRA instructor class in each discipline (Rifle and Shotgun) – For a list of NRA Rifle and Shotgun Instructor courses for the BSA click NRA-instructor-locations-for-2020-final  (updated 10-25-19)

Order you National Camping School Branded Gear HERE !

Important resources for NCS participants:


National Camping School Staff Resources Page – password protected