As the summer winds down and our thoughts turn to pumpkin spice, sweaters, and peppermint, now is the time to plan for year-round short-term camps, and our 2022 summer season. And with that comes the need for staff training, and of course National Camping School.
First – Plan to meet or exceed the standards. As always, our camping operations whether camp properties, day camps, short-term camps or long-term camps must comply with the current NCAP standards. Many councils had challenges in 2020 and in 2021 with staffing and staff training that have necessitated a waiver for some of the NCAP standards in the Staff Qualifications (SQ) series due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a reminder these waivers (if granted) are only valid for one season. Plan now to be prepared to meet all standards.
Second – Plan to potentially travel, especially for “Resident National Camping School sections”. As attendance at National Camping Schools declines with the decline in number of BSA camps over the last decade, the number of NCS courses has also declined. However, we are 100% committed to provide opportunities for staff to become trained and enough schools to meet this need. In 2022, we plan to offer 16 Resident National Camping Schools and 25 Day Camp Administration Schools across the country. These locations will be announced in early September and posted on the National Camping School page https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/national-camping-school/.
Third – Plan your budget. Planning your budget is not only an NCAP standard (AO-806), but it is imperative to offer a quality experience. When planning your camping budget(s), your council should plan to send staff to National Camping School. As costs continue to rise across the country, the cost of National Camping School is no different. Councils should budget for a 5% increase in National Camping School fees for resident camp sessions from 2021 to 2022. Day Camp Administration and Short-Term Camp Administrator training fees will remain the same.
Fourth – Plan for certification. The National Council is committed to being able to offer certifications for staff who will be operating camps. In 2020 and into 2021 with the ongoing pandemic, we provided some National Camping School certifications be extended through the extension programs and process. With the renewed ability to offer in-person National Camping Schools, moving forward we will discontinue this extension program. Staff members will need to have current certifications to serve in staff roles or follow the waiver request process outlined in the current NCAP standards.
Finally – Plan to get youth outside for a great experience. Once you have taken these steps, the most important step is getting youth outside and into your camps. Plan great day camps, short-term camps and long-terms camps with qualified staff and offer exciting programs to get and keep our Scouting youth engaged outdoors.
Questions about 2022 NCS? Email NCS@Scouting.org.