National Camping School COVID -19 Update

5/14/2020

Resident National Camping School at Massawepie scheduled for June 13-19 has been cancelled

5/13/2020

Day Camp Administration School at Alpine, NJ scheduled for June 6-7 has been cancelled. Day Camp Administrators seeking certification should follow steps below. 

4/23/2020

Updated Resident Camp Director and Program Director registration links for online course. 

4/21/2020

Updated Resident Camp Director and Program Director information for online course

4/14/20

Clarification on alternate requirements and Waiver requests added to drop down menus
added updated Red Cross information to Aquatics drop down. 

4/13/2020 Update

Resident Camping Schools scheduled through May 29th have been CANCELLED. 

This includes: 

  • Cancellation of all sections at all Resident National Camping Schools scheduled to begin prior to May 29th. 
  • No fees have been charged to councils at this time.  
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and make other decisions based on the recommendation of the CDC. The decision about these future schools will be made no more than 30 days prior to the school.  
  • Currently the schools scheduled for May 30 at the Summit and June at Fire Mountain, Ten Mile River and Massawepie and the school at Philmont Scout Ranch in September will operate as scheduled. 

While this was in no way an easy decision to make, the health and safety of our conference attendees remains our top priority. The remaining Resident National Camping School courses that were planned for May 29th and beyond will be conducted as scheduled unless the situation warrants a change in this decision.  

 What should you do now?

Option 1: Transfer to another National Camping School after May 29th. 

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.  

Decisions to operate these remaining schools will be made not more than 30 days prior to the start of the school. 

To change your registration, please email NCS@scouting.org with the subject line “registration location change”. Please include your full name (as it was registered), the school and section that you are currently registered to attend as well as the school and section to which you would like to be moved.   

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  

 

Special note – We acknowledge and understand there are several hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ripple impact onto Scouting’s programs, including the impact to availability of National Camping School courses. Thank you for your patience as we work to find solutions to ensure the safety and quality of our camping programs during these unprecedented times. We are 100% committed to ensuring that everyone can be certified to run their camp programs this summer. 

 

4/9/2020 Update

Resident Camping School at Summit Bechtel Reserve on May 9th CANCELLED. 

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. 

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-403 states the qualifications for Camp managers: Camp Directors and Program Directors. 

Meet the minimum age requirement. 

Utilize the Online Training – New for 2020 season.
  • Individuals needing this training can attend 3-day online course (8-10 hours per day for three consecutive days). 
  • School starts at 8:30 AM each day Saturday – Monday (Based on time zones listed with registration)
  • Course will be live and interactive with an NCS staff member.
  •  Certification valid through 12-31-2020. 
  • Cost $190. – billed to council after the course. 
  • Registration through online link at https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/
  • No waiver needed for this option as this certification meets the requirements of NCAP standard SQ-403
  • Attendance at ALL sessions is required to receive certification.
  • All participants must complete prerequisites for NCS.
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. 

Option 1: Attend a June National Camping School COPE/Climbing course.

Option 2: 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. 

Option 1: Attend a National Camping School Ecology/Conservation Section in June.

Option 2: 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. 

Option 1: Attend a National Camping School Outdoor Skills section in June.

Option 2: 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. 
 
Option 1: 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
  • 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 

Option 2: Attend National Camping School 

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.