What is the Campmaster Corps?
The Campmaster Corps is a group of selected, trained, and registered Scouters who serve at council weekend camps whenever Scouting units/Families are using any part of the camp property. Campmasters select their own time and frequency of service, but they usually serve two to four times a year. The group is organized under the leadership of the council camping committee. The entire project and its personnel are responsible to the Scout executive or camping director, or someone appointed by the Scout executive or camping director. The corps generally meets twice a year to evaluate its program, schedule ahead, and arrange for the training of any new members.
Campmasters are selected on the basis of their ability in several areas: outdoor skills, specialized knowledge of nature and conservation, and leadership skills. All campmasters must have a record of demonstrated ability to get along with people, to lead, and to act in an emergency. All campmasters must have a working knowledge of Scouting, and the Outdoor programs of the BSA. Experienced and registered Scouters, with the exception of unit leaders, are eligible for consideration as campmasters. (It is generally conceded that a unit leader’s major concern must be the particular unit served.)
Current Camps with a Campmaster Corps:
If you are interested in serving as a member of the Campmaster Corps or starting one at one of our camps, fill out this interest form and you will be contacted by Campmaster Corps Leadership
General Duties of Campmasters
These principles will serve to guide the work of campmasters.
- Campmasters serve one to four units/groups per weekend. Preferably, they stay in the general vicinity of the unit.
- They render commissioner-type service to the units in camp, working with and through the youth leaders and adult leaders as appropriate for the BSA program level.
- An annual or semiannual schedule is made up with campmasters assigned for each weekend camp. In case of schedule conflict, the campmaster arranges his/her own substitute among other corps members and notify the Camp Ranger of any change.
- Campmasters supply their own transportation, bedding, and food.
- Campmasters serve two to four times a year.
- Campmasters must be trained in the Scout method of camping, purposes of Scout camping, and the patrol method in camping. Required training consists of Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS), 1st Aid and CPR.
- Campmasters will check in/out groups during their stay and provide an orientation if necessary. They will also inspect facilities used by groups prior to the completion of checkout for cleanliness/damage.
- Campmasters are responsible to the Camp Ranger. They do not become members of the council camping committee because of this service, but they do have a representative on the Camping Committee.
- Campmasters must attend campmaster training before performing their duties.