Northeast Region, Boy Scouts of America

National Camping School

First Year Camper Program Section Website


The 2008 NCS First Year Camper Section will be at Camp Resolute (Bolton, MA), dates TBD
(we are currently planning on expanding the syllabus to run on both weekends)
Visit for registration/location information
Contact with any questions

This website is meant to serve as a resource for those who assist in running a First Year Camper Program at a Boy Scout Resident Camp.


Syllabi and Program Resources

First Year Camper Program Guide

Companion Website.  This is a complete guide to implementing a First Year Camper Program.  It has been accepted as a "Best Idea" by the Boy Scouts of America.

Bushcraft, Scouting, and Woodlore Notes

This file is from the 1960's, I believe, and contains a wide variety of useful Outdoor Skills information.

Rank Requirement Instructional Videos

The BSA has just published instructional videos for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements.  The videos are straightforward and are a great way to learn the basic skills taught in the First Year Camper Program.

Teaching EDGE (compass version)

This is from a draft version of the new National Youth Leader Training syllabus.

Presentation Evaluation Form

This form is designed to complement presentations designed using the Teaching EDGETM.

First Year Camper Philosophy Summary

Presentation from the Northeast Region Outdoor Program Seminar on First Year Camper Program Philosophy



Starenock Compass Game


Useless Trivia


Games and Riddles


Planned Additions

Discussion of First Year Camper Program Models

Additional Syllabi/Lesson Plans


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