National Camping School COVID -19 Update

6/17/2020

We remain committed to ensuring that everyone can be certified to run their camp programs this summer. However, because the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is the Boy Scouts of America’s top priority, after careful discussion, we have decided to cancel the IN PERSON Resident National Camping Schools that were scheduled to take place prior to September in Washington State and New York State. This cancellation applies to all sections that were scheduled to be held at each school.

We will work with local councils across the country to arrange training courses that meet the needs of the NCAP accreditation process and allow you to operate safe facilities this summer. These courses will be in coordination with our outside recognized training partners depending on the curriculum and held when local and state regulations will allow the course(s) to be held. For a list of these courses visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/

 What should you do now?

Option 1: Transfer to another National Camping School training.

We would be glad to change your registration to a later course that is being offered. The course list can be found at www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school. While we plan to be able to offer as many schools as possible, please check the site for the latest updates on course offerings as this situation continues to evolve.  

Option 2: Utilize an alternative training option indicated in the NCAP standards.         

There are several ways in which you can become trained and certified to run your camp programs this summer.  

Reach out to us directly if we can help in any way! NCS@Scouting.org  

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

Some Specifics to Consider for
Resident National Camping School

In the event your council is affected by the cancellation of NCS, please consider the following alternate requirements listed below.    

NOTE: Any of the items listed below as alternates to National Camping School would require the camp to submit, and be granted, a waiver for this standard as indicated below. Please refer to the NCAP standards for additional information. 

Waivers:  Camps may apply for a waiver if they cannot meet a standard. A waiver may be granted for one season only. Please note, no waivers will be approved for an applicant who does not meet the minimum age-requirement, regardless of training. Form can be found at www.scouting.org/NCAP

NCAP Standard SQ-406
Meet the minimum age requirement. 
 
Option 1: Attend a National Camping School Aquatics Section in June.
  • We are working to add an additional NCS Aquatics section(s) to June. Please stay tuned for additional location options.

Option 2: Utilize the alternative training.

SQ-406 identifies alternatives to NCS for qualified supervision of the Aquatics area when a NCS certified individual is unavailable.  

  • Applicants for the alternative qualifications must meet the minimum age requirement. 
  • The alternative qualifications option requires a waiver to be requested from NCAP@scouting.org 
  • For a waiver request form visit www.scouting.org/ncap. 
  • UPDATE FROM American Red Cross 3/26/2020: Click here for information about Provisional and Extended certifications for some Red Cross Courses. 
  • UPDATE FROM American Red Cross 4/15/2020 Click here for the latest information on Red Cross Training. 

NCAP Standard SQ-409

Meet the minimum age requirement. 

Utilize the alternative training.

  • SQ – 409 identifies alternatives to NCS for qualified supervision of the COPE or Climbing areas when a NCS certified individual is unavailable.  
  • Per NCAP standard SQ-409, Councils who need additional trained staff to run their COPE/Climbing programs should focus on Level II training for COPE/Climbing Instructor if they cannot attend a scheduled NCS training. 
  • The National COPE/Climbing committee can assist in offering trained staff to facilitate this training – please email outdoorprograms@Scouting.org for a local resource.
  • Participants receive a Level II Instructor card valid for three years for the particular course/element on which they are trained.  
  • Reminders: Participant training would be for that location only; this Level II training does not allow for reciprocity between councils or between camps (even within the same council); Level II instructor is required to be on site when those elements are in use. 
  • A copy of a valid COPE/Climbing Program Manager or Program trainer card who was responsible for the training is required to be submitted with Level II certification card(s). 
  • No waiver needed for this option.

NCAP Standard SQ412

Meet the minimum age requirement. 

Utilize the alternative training.

  • SQ-412 B identifies alternatives to NCS for qualified supervision of the Ecology area when a NCS certified individual is unavailable.  
  • This requires “equivalent skills” and the minimum age requirement. 
  • The alternative qualifications option requires a waiver to be requested from NCAP@scouting.org 

NCAP Standard SQ412

Meet the minimum age requirement. 

Utilize the alternative training.

  • SQ-412 C.  identifies alternatives to NCS for qualified supervision of the Outdoor Skills area when a NCS certified individual is unavailable.  
  • This requires “equivalent skills” and the minimum age requirement. 
  • The alternative qualifications option requires a waiver to be requested from NCAP@scouting.org 
NCAP Standard SQ-407
Meet the minimum age requirement. 
 
Alternative Training 
  • SQ-407 identifies alternatives to NCS for qualified supervision of the Shooting Sports area when a NCS certified individual is unavailable.  
  • For a list of NRA training counselors in your area, email shooting.sports@Scouting.org
  • For a list of BSA sponsored NRA basic and instructor courses visit https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/
  • Applicants for the alternative qualifications must meet the minimum age requirement. 
  • The alternative qualifications option requires a waiver to be requested from NCAP@scouting.org 
 

Day Camp Administration NCS

Day Camp Administration is a three-part certification process and all three components are required to be certified as a Day Camp Administrator as stated in SQ-403 

Cub Scout Day Camp Administration 2020 Certification

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning 3/16/2020, anyone who was registered or who will register for an NCS Day Camp Administration course will be able to take part in a modified NCS training to be certified for the 2020 camping season.

 

Registration: To be certified as a Day Camp Administrator (as required by BSA NCAP standards), individuals must register online here

 * For those who had already registered and been approved for a March or April course, you will automatically be transferred to the modified NCS training course and kits will be automatically mailed to you. Do not re-register. Start on STEP 2 below. If you choose to change to the June Alpine, NJ onsite course or cancel entirely, please submit your request in writing to NCS@Scouting.org.

 

Fees:             The fee for this modified NCS certification will be $120 per person (originally $250 per person).

 

Certification: Certification for individuals taking part in this modified NCS-Day Camp Administration will expire on 12/31/2020. These individuals will be eligible to take part in the traditional NCS on-site in 2021 and receive the 5-year certification at that time.

Additionally, anyone who would like to take part in the Camp Alpine (NJ) June 6-7, 2020 course is encouraged to do so, this will be held in the traditional NCS format and individuals will receive the 5-year certification card.

 

2020 Modified NCS-Day Camp Administration Certification Process

Step 1: Register here 

 

Step 2: Take the online training “Foundations of Cub Scout Day Camp”. The link to this training is included in your registration confirmation email. 

 

Step 3: Contact your local council to make arrangements to take part in the council-led portion of the curriculum.

 

Step 4: After you register and are approved by your council, you will receive your NCS kit materials by mail. This kit includes the day camp administration guide, NCS workbook, NCAP standards and other resources.

 

Step 5: After you receive your NCS kit materials by mail, please email NCS@Scouting.org and you will then be sent the final training video link to watch as well as a verification form where you will indicate that you have completed:

·       BSA Youth Protection Training

·       Cub Scout Leader Specifics (any type is acceptable, den leader, committee etc)

·       NCS Part 1: Online “Foundations of Cub Scout Day Camp” (link is sent at time of registration)

·       NCS Part 2: Council-Led

·       NCS Part 3: Recorded Video of condensed “On-Site” NCS

 

Step 6:  Upon completion of the above trainings, submit your signed NCS Training verification form to NCS@Scouting.org. Upon receipt, individuals will be emailed an NCS Day Camp Administration certification card. All cards will expire on 12/31/2020.