Effective January 1, 2021 our National Camping Administration Program (NCAP) standards have changed to define our camps that were previously known as Family Camps to Short Term Camps. In addition, their is now a position required to run a Short Term Camp. The Short Term Camps now encompass many of our events, activities and trainings that included an overnight. We are asking for all volunteers to consider taking on this roll for us.
Please read on for the definition and volunteer position responsibilities, along with training requirements.
What is a Short-Term Camp?
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.
Examples of Alamo Area Council Events/Trainings that are now classified as Short Term Camps and require a Short Term Camp Administrator:
Wood Badge, NYLT, Camp O Rees, Bear Creek Adventure, Web O Rees, Council Wide Campout, VOA or Venturing Overnight Council Level Events, Cub Scout Family Camps, Spook O Ree, Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills, BALOO, LNT/OE Training, Order of the Arrow overnight events, Conservation Awards Weekend, Powder Horn, Climbing Instructor Training…any council or district level event that includes an overnight but less than 4 nights long, or any training that includes an overnight.
If you still have questions, please see the FAQ’s provided by National for clarification, CLICK HERE
Short-Term Camp Administrator Job Description: Each short-term camp must have a short-term camp administrator. This person is responsible for ensuring that the planned camp complies with the NCAP Short-term Camp Standards. This means walking the property to ensure that it is appropriate for the event; ensuring that paperwork is filed and any written BSA approvals are completed and obtained through the council; confirms facilities and program are safe and in good order before starting operation; and that appropriate health, safety and sanitation provisions are made. This individual also ensures that all activities at the short-term camp comply with the applicable BSA National Camp Standards.
Pre-Qualifications: The short-term camp administrator must be a registered Scouter who holds either a current NCAP short-term camp administrator certification issued by the BSA or holds a resident camp director certificate from BSA National Camping School. Refer to NCAP Standard SQ-403.
How do I get trained to be a Short-Term Camp Administrator?
The Alamo Area Council has scheduled multiple opportunities to receive the training over the next 4 months. These trainings will be held on Zoom from the comfort of your home. The training is just over 8 hours long so the training has been set up in 2 weeknight sessions or a Saturday session, you choose the session/s that fit your schedule.
Is there a cost to be trained?
There is a fee that National charges for the supplies of $55 that we will collect upon registration. If you are a designated Short Term Camp Administrator for a specified Alamo Area Council event, email Adventure@AlamoAreaBSA.org and request a discount code for your training registration as these fees are included in the budget of your event (1 per event). You will need the discount code to complete your registration without paying the registration fee.
Available Training Dates and Times (Click to Register):