Course Schedule

The basic course schedule for NCS NE Region Trek Leader.  Schedule may change based on location, weather or other variables.


Arrival is Thursday 6:00pm prior to the Friday of start of course or Friday 8:00am, day of course, for NCS in-processing. The Voyager course begins at 9:00am.



Time: Event: Location:
9:00a – 12:00p Registration Camp Site / Waterfront
Assignment of individual student teaching topics
Medical Form Review
Swim Check
Canoe Check
Student Photo
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch Dining Hall
1:00p – 3:30p Opening Session Learning Area
Welcome and Expectations, “The Solitary Voyageur”
Name Game
Full Value Contract
Staff modeling (leadership, teaching, organization. presentation styles)
Evaluation Methods
Journal Expectations
3:30p – 6:00p Round Robin Skills Development Sessions Parade Field
Map and Compass
Trip Planning and Voyageur Of the Day books
The Teaching EDGE
Cooking Skills
Stove Safety
NYS D.E.C. Discussion with Forest Ranger – Focusing on Search and Rescue
6:00p – 7:00p Dinner Dining Hall
7:00p – 9:00p Voyageur Interviews Camp Site


Time: Event: Location:
7:30a – 8:30p Breakfast Dining Hall
8:30a – 11:30a Water Instruction Waterfront
Safe Swim Defense / Safety Afloat
PFD and Paddle Selection
Canoe: parts and dry land handling
Canoe care and handling & basic strokes
Canoe rescues
11:30a – 12:00p Individual Water Skills Development Waterfront
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch Dining Hall
1:00p – 3:30p Map & Compass and Inter-Personal Skills Instruction Learning Area
 3:30p – 6:00p Maximizing The Adventure Session Learning Area
6:00p – 7:00p Dinner Dining Hall
7:00p – 8:00p Leave No Trace Instruction Camp Site
8:00p – 10:00p Opening Campfire Campfire Ring
10:00p – 11:00p Cracker Barrel Dining Hall


Time: Event: Location:
7:30a – 8:30p Breakfast Dining Hall
8:30a – 10:00a Managing Risks Instruction Learning Area
Getting Everyone Involved
Emergency Action Principles
Scene Safety for Self, Victim, Group
Urgent First-Aid
10:00a – 11:00a Know The Rules Learning Area
Keeping your treks in line with the regulatory agencies:
NYS DEC Land Use Regulations
BSA Camp and Safety Regulations
NYS Dept. of Health Children’s Camp Regulations
11:00a – 12:00p Initiative Games Session Learning Area
12:00p – 1:00p Lunch Dining Hall
1:00p – 3:00p Interpersonal Skills and Map & Compass Sessions Learning Area
3:00p – 4:00p Gear/Pack Shakedown and Fitting for Trek Camp Site
4:00p – 6:00p Trek Preparation Camp Site
Issuing Equipment and Planning
Filling out a Trek Itinerary
Food Distribution
6:00p – 7:00p Dinner Dining Hall
7:00p – 10:00p Trek Preparation Parking Area
Packing and Vehicle Load Out
10:00p Lights Out Camp Site


Time: Event: Location:
5:30a Leave of Adirondack Museum Parking Area
7:30a – 8:30a Hosted Breakfast Enroute to Museum Lake Durant
 9:00a – 12:00p Adirondack Museum Tour Adirondack Museum
12:00p – 1:30p Travel to Sabattis Scout Reservation NYS Roads
 1:30p – 2:00p History of Low’s Lake & Lunch Sabattis Scout Reservation
2:00p Launch Treks Sabattis Scout Reservation

Tuesday & Wednesday

Time: Event: Location:
 All Day Briefing & Debriefing
Dry Land Navigation
Leave No Trace Ethics
Lost Camper Procedures
Leadership Skills
Paddling Instruction
Nutrition & Rest
Soft Skill Practice
Safe Swim Defense
Safety Afloat
Time Management
Trek Behavior
Trek Management
Food / Shelter / Clothing
Rainy Day Activities
Low’s Lake


Time: Event: Location:
TBA Breakfast Low’s Lake
TBA Round Robin Low’s Lake
10:00a – 12:30p Return To Base Camp NYS Roads
12:30p – 1:30p Lunch Dining Hall
1:30p – 2:30p Gear Return
Personal Hygiene
Campfire Contribution Planning
Camp Site
2:30p – 3:30p Journal Embellishment Camp Site
3:30p – 5:00p Trek Evaluations Camp Site
5:00p – 6:00p Personal Time
Campfire Contribution Planning
Camp Site
6:00p – 7:00p Dinner Dining Hall
7:00p – 8:00p Student Evaluations Camp Site
8:00p – 10:00p Closing Campfire Campfire Ring
10:00p Cracker Barrel Dining Hall

Friday (Graduation)

Time: Event: Location:
7:30a – 8:30a Breakfast Dining Hall
9:00a – 10:00a NCS Graduation Parade Field
10:00a Depart Camp Parking Area