National Camping School COVID -19 Update

3/26/2020 Update

Updated the Aquatics information below as well as the Shooting Sports information below.

3/18/2020 Update

As always, the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is the Boy Scouts of America’s top priority. We have been closely monitoring the news of coronavirus (COVID-19) and are saddened to witness the stories of all who have been affected. Our hearts go out to them. The virus has placed us in a difficult position as it has yet to show any sign of slowing it’s spread within the United States. 

After careful discussion, we have decided to cancel the National Camping Schools (NCS) that were scheduled for March and April 2020.  

This includes all Cub Scout Day Camp Administration schools at the following locations:

  • 3/21-3/22 Camp Snyder, MD

  • 3/21-3/22 New England Base Camp, MA

  • 3/21-3/22 Walker Creek Ranch, CA

  • 3/21-3/22 Bert Adams Scout Camp, GA

  • 3/21-3/22 Philmont Scout Ranch, NM

  • 3/28-3/29 Latimer Scout Reservation, TN

  • 3/28-3/29 Hubert Eaton Scout Reservation, CA

  • 3/28-3/29 Camp Thunderbird, WA

  • 3/28-3/29 Northern Lights Center for Scouting, ND (Hotel)

  • 4/4-4/5 YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, NC

  • 4/18-4/19 Camp Naish, MO

  • 4/18-4/19 Camp Flying Eagle, FL

  • 4/18-4/19 Ed Bryant Scout Reservation, WI

  • 4/25-4/26 Camp Rockefeller, AR

  • 4/25-4/26 Camp Guyasuta, PA

  • 4/25-4/26 K-M Scout Ranch, MT

Currently the school scheduled at Alpine Scout Camp on June 6-7, 2020 will operate as scheduled.   

Resident Camping Schools at  

  • Philmont Scout Ranch (Mar 29-Ap 4) 

  • The Summit Bechtel Reserve (April 18-24) 

  • June Norcross Webster (CT) (April 24-26 and May 1-3)  

All BSA sponsored NRA and Pistol courses scheduled for April and May are cancelled.   

These are the only schools affected and we will continue to monitor the situation and make other decisions based on the recommendation of the CDC.  

 

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

 

For more specific information about Day Camp Administration or Resident Camp Sections click the button below.

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.   

  • SQ-403 states the qualifications for Camp managers 
  • Camp Directors and Program Directors can only be certified through National Camping School. Please arrange for these individuals to attend a later school 
  • 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. 
  • SQ – 409 identifies alternatives to NCS for qualified supervision of the COPE or Climbing areas when a NCS certified individual is unavailable.  
  • Applicants for the alternative qualifications must meet the minimum age requirement. 
  • The alternative qualifications option does not require a waiver document. 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • SQ-407 identifies alternatives to NCS for qualified supervision of the Shooting Sports 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 

Depending on whether or not you are currently NRA Basic and Instructor certified in the rifle and shotgun disciplines, we have created three separate “tracks” to be certified as a BSA Shooting Sports Director in 2020.  

Option 1BSA Shooting Sports Director Basic Track (Select this option if you are NOT currently NRA Rifle and Shotgun Basic and Instructor certified) 
  • All shooting sports participants needing NRA Basic training and NRA instructor training will be required to arrive one day early (Friday by noon) in order to accommodate this change.  

  • The NRA Basic Rifle and NRA Basis Shotgun certification will be added to the curriculum for NCS in 2020.  

  • The NRA instructor syllabus for Rifle and Shotgun will be added into the curriculum for the NCS certification in 2020  

  • The 2020 syllabus for BSA Shooting Sports Director Basic will NOT INCLUDE the following: 

    • Muzzle loading certification
    • Chalkball 
    • Cowboy Action Shooting
    • If the council plans to operate any of these disciplines or a pistol program, additional training is required in addition to NCS. 
  •  The training day will extend to no earlier than 9 pm each day in order to meet all NRA training hour requirements. 

Option 2National Camping School –BSA Shooting Sports Director Regular Track (Select this option if you ARE currently NRA Rifle and Shotgun Basic and NRA Instructor certified) 

  • Participants arrive on Saturday of the course 
  • This track will include:  
    • In-depth merit badge facilitation instruction 
    • Muzzle loading Co-op Rifle certification 
    • Chalkball program training
    • Cowboy Action Shooting program training 

Option 3BSA Shooting Sports Director Recertification Track (for those who are current NCS shooting sports directors) 

  • Individuals must meet the requirements for a recertification: participant must hold a current card in that section or have a card that expired no more than six months prior to the course.   

Based on the information above, please email NCS@Scouting.org if you need change your registration to the BSA Shooting Sports Director Basic Track. Otherwise, we will keep you in the “option 2” which means you will arrive at NCS with your current NRA certifications or “option 3” if you were registered to attend as a recertication 

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.