National Camping School Training

The primary aim of the National Camping School (NCS) is to furnish adults with comprehensive learning opportunities and practical training pertinent to the management of council camps and events. These proficient individuals will subsequently impart their knowledge by training and overseeing other personnel involved in your council’s camping initiatives.

NCS provides training for various roles including Short-Term Camp Administrators, Day Camp Administrators, Long-term (Resident) Camp Directors, Long-term (Resident) Program Directors, Aquatics Directors, Climbing Directors, Project COPE Directors, COPE and Climbing Program Trainers, Ecology Directors, Outdoor Skills Directors, Trek Directors, and Shooting Sports Directors.

Please note that not all sections may be available at every school. Refer to the course listing below for details regarding sections offered, dates, times, and locations.

NCAP – Short Term Camp Administrator

A short-term camp is any council-organized overnight camping program, whether one-time or continuing, that is one, two or three nights in length where the council or its agents provide the staffing and may provide program and food services, and includes camps conducted off council properties. National training courses are subject to the short-term camp requirements, regardless of format or duration. (See NCAP standard SA-001)
More Dates Coming Soon!
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NCS – Cub Scout Day Camp

The Cub Scout Day Camp Administration section of National Camp School is for day camp directors, day camp program directors, and council day camp professional staff advisors and administrators. This is a comprehensive training course on all aspects of the day camp operation, including methods of day camping, program scheduling and resources, staff organization, recruiting and training, and health and safety practices.
 Each year this in-person training will be offered in the Spring. 
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NCS - Resident (Long-Term) Camping School

Date: More Dates Coming Soon! 
Location: TBA
Course start dates by section:
Camp Director (Full Course) 
Program Director (Full Course)
Aquatics Director (Full Course)
Aquatics Director (Recertification Only)
COPE Director (Full Course) 
COPE Director (Recertification Only)
Climbing Director (Full Course)
Climbing Director (Recertification Only)
Ecology/Conservation (Full Course)
Outdoor Skills (Full Course)
Shooting Sports Director (Full Course) 
Shooting Sports Director (Recertification Only)
NRA Track (Full Course)
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NCS – Shooting Sports Training Weekend

Shooting Sports is an important part of our BSA camping operations. In order to have a safe and fun shooting sports program, the BSA has set forth safety standards and training for all volunteers and staff who will be in charge of Shooting Sports Activities.

This shooting sports training is a full weekend multi-faceted course hosted by the National Camp School. NRA Basic and Instructor training can also be completed as independent approved standalone courses.

Date: More Dates Coming Soon!
Location: TBA

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