NCS is Cancelled – NOW WHAT?

My NCS got cancelled NOW WHAT? 

Like many things in the last few weeks, the COVID -19 virus has had an impact on the ability for many of the National Camping Schools to take place as planned. If you are one of the many who were affected, fear not, we will describe all the ways to still be trained below. We are 100% committed to offering you the ability to run your camp this summer.  

For the most up to date information visit the National Camping School Page at 

Day Camp National Camping Schools that were scheduled for March and April have been cancelled. The June school at Alpine Scout Camp (NJ) is scheduled to operate as planned (as of 5/1/2020). For information about the modified course for day camp visit 


Resident Camp National Camping Schools: 

Below are the steps to follow when planning for your certification for this summer.  


Step 1: Speak with your council staff advisor or Scout Executive to confirm your attendance to be certified for the 2020 season.  

Step 2: If you desireto be certified, please choose one of the options below and follow the steps listed.  

ALL SECTIONS AS APPROPRIATE Option 1 – PREFERRED  Attend National Camping School in person at a school listed on the NCS page. (receive 5-year certification). A list of currently scheduled schools can be found at 

Aquatics Option 2: Meet the following requirements as allowed by NCAP standard SQ-406 A.2 

  • Hold current Lifeguard Certification 
  • Hold current American Red Cross BLS for Health Care Provider and Red Cross First Aid (or equivalent) 
  • Be certified in  
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor 
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Management 
  • American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor 
  • Review Swimming and Water Rescue 
  • Review Paddle Craft Safety 
  • Review relevant sections of BSA Aquatics Supervision Manual.  

Camp Director and Program Director Option: For 2020 the remaining Camp Director and Program Director trainings will be held in an ONLINE format ONLY 

  •  Attend the virtual 3-day training course (one-year certification).   
  • This online course has been developed to certify Camp Directors and Program Directors to operate camp in the summer of 2020. This course will be three days of virtual instruction live with an NCS staff member. Instruction will be on Saturday, Sunday and Monday beginning at 8:30 AM each day. (8-10 hours per day). The dates of the course will coincide with the course dates of the NCS course previously offered as in person sessions. (NOTE: Participants in these courses will be required to attend three consecutive days and be present in ALL sessions to receive certification.) Strong reliable internet connection will be required.  
  • May 9-11 (Summit)  
  • May 16-18 (Bartle, Bert Adams, Lost Pines)  
  • May 23-25 (Hubert Eaton, Raven Knob, Tesomas)  
  • May 30-June 1 (Summit) 
  • June 6-8 (Ten Mile River, Fire Mountain 
  • June 13-15 (Massawepie) 

COPE/Climbing Option 2: Meet the following requirements as allowed by SQ-409 B.2.: 

  • Hold Current Level II COPE or Climbing Instructor Certification as appropriate for position  


  • Participants receive a card valid for three years for the course/element on which they are trained.    
  • Participant training would be for that location only.   
  • No reciprocity between councils or between camps (even within the same council)   
  • Level II instructor required to be on site when those elements are in use.   
  • Copy of 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.   

Ecology Option 2: Work with your local council to determine if you meet the Equivalent training in outdoor education NCAP standard SQ-412.  

  • College students or teachers trained in such fields as forestry, soil and water conservation, fish and wildlife, earth science, ecology, environmental specialties, etc. or Students who have completed their sophomore year in college with a major in one of the above fields and have worked actively for one or more summers in a nature center or conservation oriented staff position in a summer camp may be considered to have equivalent training. 

Outdoor Skills Option 2: Work with your local council to determine if you meet the Equivalent training in outdoor education NCAP standard SQ-412.  

  • ”Equivalent life skills” may include but are not limited to Scouting experience as a Scouts BSA leader, earning merit badges offered in outdoor skills area, or completion of college courses in outdoor skills topics. 

Shooting Sports Option 2: Meet the following requirements:  

  • Hold Current NRA instructor certification in the discipline you will be offering (Separate certification for Rile, and shotgun)  
  • Hold Current USAA Archery instructor certification (if archery offered)  

If you have trouble in locating a training for your area, reach out to your local council and your local council Program Specific Committee. If your council needs support, the Scout Executive can reach out to outdoor programs at  


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