National Camping School

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National Camping School (NCS) is an adult-only training program that the BSA runs across the country at various locations/times to help ensure that camp directors, program directors, and camp administrators for resident camps and Cub/Webelos day camps are better prepared to delivery quality Scouting program and experience. So as to not reinvent the wheel, the BSA offers third-party certification through NCS for some courses, such as Leave No Trace training from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, firearm instructor training from the National Rifle Association training, lifeguard training from the Red Cross, etc.

Training is offered for the following personnel

Cub/Webelos Day Camp
  • Camp directors
  • Program directors
  • Professional staff advisers/administrators
Resident Camp Director Section (Cub/Webelos, Boy Scout, Venturing, local council high-adventure resident camps)
  • Camp directors
  • Reservation camp directors
  • Assistant camp directors
  • Family camp directors for district/council organized family camping
  • Business managers
Resident Camp Program Director Section
  • Camp program directors
  • Assistant program directors


  • Ecology/Conservation
  • Trek Leader
  • Aquatics Instructor
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Climbing Director
  • COPE Director
  • Shooting Sports Director
Other Positions

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