Course Logistics and Gear Lists

This year’s course will start before noon on Friday June 16, 2017. The course will be hosted at the Rotary Scout Reservation in Averill Park, NY.

**Please Note** As of February 2014, the BSA requires that all participants in the National Camping School Trek Leader Training Program meet the following conditions:

      • Minimum Age Requirement is 18 years old.
      • All Participants Must Be Registered Leaders with the BSA. (We can assist with this, please contact us.)
      • All Participants Must Complete the Online Youth Protection Training Module.
      • All Participants Must Complete and Submit a Current BSA Physical Form.
      • All NCS Registrations Must Be Submitted via your Local Council.

The following list of paperwork and gear items is provided for your benefit, while not all items are required it is highly suggested that you take them into consideration.

Additionally please review the Voyageur/Trek Leader and Trek Director Job Descriptions listed on the Employment page.

(*) – Indicates Required Items – You may not be able to participate without them


  • American Red Cross certificates: Check to see if you have equivalent certificates
    • CPR
    • Responding to Emergencies
    • Lifeguard (may not be required by your camp)

    **It helps to Coordinate with the employing council to see if First-Aid training is offered.**


Note: The Voyageur Section Requires This List of Gear in addition to that provided to you with your NCS registration documents.

  • Backpack with waterproof liner (garbage bag to fit) *
  • Small Daypack – For both classroom sessions and the field experience.*
  • Compass – Orienteering-style with rectangular plastic base plate *
  • Eating utensils: knife, fork, spoon, cup, plate (e.g. Frisbee) *
  • Firestarter (matches, etc.) *
  • Flashlight (small) or headlamp *
  • Plastic bags – small collection of sealable quart, gallon sizes (e.g., ZipLoc)
  • Pocket knife *
  • Sleeping bag in waterproof stuff sack (use garbage bag inside stuff sack) *
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent – small with netting, ground sheet (please plan to share tents, space is limited in most Adirondack campsites)
  • Water bottle(s) – Liter size *
  • Whistle on lanyard


  • BSA uniform (shirt, shorts & socks) if available (check with employing council) *
  • Comfortable clothing for NCS classroom sessions (cub costume on NCS list is not required for Voyageur section)
  • Hiking boots with change of socks – avoid cotton
  • Hiking togs: nylon pants (long and short – no jeans), shirt, jacket, rainwear
  • Swimsuit *
  • Soft hat with brim / Sun hat
  • Water shoes for canoeing (old running shoes, etc. – they will get wet) *

Personal Items

  • Hand sanitizer (small bottle of alcohol-based gel)
  • Insect repellent & head net – very important *
  • Notepad (steno size) and pencil
  • Personal prescription medications
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel, soap, shaver, toothbrush & other personal toiletries
  • Wristwatch

2 comments for “Course Logistics and Gear Lists

  1. David L. Carr
    September 25, 2015 at 12:55 am

    How and where can I sign up for this training.

    • IC
      September 28, 2015 at 2:57 am

      Hello Mr. Carr,

      Many thanks for your note. At this time all registrations for National Camping School Courses must be submitted by your local council to the National BSA registration portal.

      Thanks for asking!

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