Camp School for Cub Day Camp Director and Program Director

Cub Scout/Webelos Scout Day Camp Administration

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.

To be nationally certified as a day camp director, program director or staff adviser, individuals must complete a three-part training curriculum. If you have a current Day Camp Administration certification that has not expired, you do not have to take this training. This format and curriculum is for anyone who is not yet certified.

The three part training includes:
• Part 1: Online training module
• Part 2: Council-led training module, facilitated by local council leadership
• Part 3: In-person two-day training held at locations around the country (Courses begin at 9 a.m. on Day 1 and conclude at 2 p.m. on Day 2..)

This three part curriculum, combined with the required pre-requisites listed below, will enable individuals to serve in a leadership role at their day camp. All three sessions, online, in-person local council session and the 1.5 days at NCS are required to be fully certified and they should be taken in that order when possible. Once individuals register for national camping school, they will receive the link for the online training course.

Participants must have completed

  • Cub Scout Leader Training (any Cub Scout leader position-specific training is acceptable)
  • Youth Protection Training available in the BSA Learn Center available through My.Scouting. A copy of the certificate(s) or training record is required.
  • Part 1: NCS online training module
  • Part 2: NCS council-led training module

To be eligible to attend National Camping School all participants must:

  • Be registered members of the BSA
  • Have current Youth Protection training
  • Be approved by the council in which they are registered
  • Be at least 18 years of age by start of course
  • Attend all classes and sessions (Note: Attendance does not guarantee certification. Many sections are skills-based, and certificates are awarded based on successful completion of skills-based activities.)
  • Complete all appropriate prerequisites
  • Be present for the entire school
  • Have a complete BSA field uniform. The uniform will be worn at various times during the course.
  • All Short-term camp administrator (in person courses) and Day Camp participants must have a current BSA Annual Health and Medical Record with Parts A and B completed.


November 4-5: Camp V-Bar - Perkinston, MS

Hosted by: Southeast Louisiana Council

Location: Perkinston, MS