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 coming soon!

To REGISTER for National Camping School contact your Council Office. 
Questions about National Camping School? – email [email protected] 

 2020 Registration coming soon!


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.

Local Council Day Camp Administration Training Materials

As part of the multi-step approach for day camp director and program certification for “Day Camp Administration”, council day camp leadership will instruct the following course to individuals in their council attending a National Camp School Session. This training should take place before they attend National Camp School. As a reminder, participants should take the online training prior to participating in this local council facilitated training. The online training link will be sent to individuals registered for a National Camp School Day Camp Administration section.  

Please ensure that you update each person’s ScoutNet training profile with “CS63” and remind participants to bring a copy of their updated training record with them to their National Camp School course.

Important information about Shooting Sports at NCS – 

NRA Instructor Course Pre-Requisites: As of July 2018 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 [email protected] .

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) 

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Important resources for NCS participants:

 Past Day Camp information:


National Camping School Staff Resources Page – password protected