Rotary Scout Reservation

National camping school - June 17-23, 2017



Rotary Scout Reservation is located at the crossroads of the Northeast Region, just 20 minutes from I-87, I-90, and Albany, New York. 

Driving Directions & Address

  1. GPS Address: 279 Davitt Lake Road, Averill Park, NY 12018 (click for link to Google Maps)

  2. Printed Directions available here

Area Transportation Options

  1. Albany International Airport (50 minutes from camp)

  2. Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Station (35 minutes from camp)

  3. Albany Bus Terminal (35 minutes from camp)

  4. The Twin Rivers Council will provide complimentary pick-up and drop-off service for camp school participants arriving via the airport, train station, or bus station.  To schedule pick-up, please contact Brian Murray as soon as travel plans are made and no less than 24 hours before your scheduled arrival. 

Arrival Time & Check-In

Please plan to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (local time) on Saturday, June 17.  Departure will be on Friday morning, June 23, just before lunch. All participants who are enrolled in any retraining sections will be able to depart after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20.

  1. If you are participating in the NRA Rifle & Shotgun Instructor course prior to beginning NCS, your class will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14. 

  2. If you are participating in the Aquatics Section, your class will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16. Friday dinner and evening lodging is included in your fee.

  3. If you are participating in the Trek Leader/Voyageur Section, your class will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16. Plan to arrive on Thursday evening.  Thursday evening lodging and all meals on Friday are included in your fee.

  4. Participants in All Other Sections are asked to arrive between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17.  If you are arriving early due to travel arrangements, you may come on Friday.  The early arrival fee is $40, which includes dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.  Your council will be billed if you arrive early, so be sure to consult with them prior to doing so.

  5. Check-in will take place at the camp administration building, which is located just below the parking lot.  The camp map is available here: RSR Map.pdf.

Welcome to National Camping School!

The Twin Rivers Council and Rotary Scout Reservation are pleased to welcome you to National Camping School, to be held at RSR June 17-23, 2017!  National Camping School is the premier training course for camp staff members in the Boy Scouts of America and we are looking forward to helping make your experience an unforgettable one. 

The NCS Course Director is Rich Stockton from Twin Rivers Council.  Please take a moment to download and read the official 2017 NCS Welcome Letter, and look below for important information to help make your camp school experience a great one.

We look forward to seeing you at camp!


The complete, correct BSA uniform is required for all participants.  The BSA or Venturing field uniform will be worn throughout camp school.  This includes

  1. Official uniform shirt with shoulder loops

  2. Scout shorts or pants with Scout belt

  3. Scout socks

A Scouting polo or t-shirt may be worn in place of the uniform shirt at designated times, however the complete field uniform is required for evening meals, retreat ceremonies, worship services, campfires, and other formal activities. 

See the BSA Uniform Inspection Sheet for more details.  Check with your home council for more information on where to buy uniforms.

Twin Rivers Council, BSA


  1. All participants at National Camping School will be housed in standard BSA 9’ x 7’ canvas wall tents, as shown in the photos to the right.  Each tent accommodates two participants. 

  2. Canvas cots will be provided. 

  3. Please bring a sleeping bag or bedding appropriate to the weather, which can include cool nights.  Bedding and linens will not be provided. 

  4. Each campsite has a self-composting latrine, wash basin with running water, and a 19’ x 20’ pavilion. 

  5. Electricity is not available in most camp sites.  If you require overnight access to electricity to power medical equipment such as a CPAP machine, please email Brian Murray prior to your arrival. 

  6. A limited number of wheelbarrows will be available for participants to carry personal gear to the campsite from the parking lot.  Vehicles will not be permitted to go to the campsites, so please plan ahead when packing personal gear.

  7. Volunteers from the Twin Rivers Council will be available in the campsite to help guide you and ensure that your stay with us is a positive one.

Medical Form

Every participant in National Camping School is required to present a complete, current copy of the BSA Annual Medical Examination and Health Record. 

Download BSA Annual Medical Examination and Health Record

Please bring the completed form with you.  If you do not have this required form, you will need to complete a physical at your own expense prior to beginning training.  The cost of an on-site physical will be $100.

Transportation and Check-In

Equipment List

In addition to the BSA Medical Form and proper uniform, each participant may be asked to bring resources specific to his or her training section.  For more information, download the NCS Participant Equipment List.

Food Service

Rotary Scout Reservation provides a high quality, professional food service managed by Sodexo.  Meals are served buffet-style.  If you have any relevant medical or dietary restrictions, please email Brian Murray prior to your arrival so that we can best accommodate your needs. 

Trading Post

The Rotary Scout Reservation Trading Post will be open throughout the week.  The Trading Post is stocked with drinks, snacks, toiletries, camping supplies, patches, camp apparel and other souvenir items, all available for purchase. 

BSA Supply Division will also be on hand all week offering a selection of limited-edition National Camping School souvenirs and apparel.  To preview the NCS collection or have items shipped directly to your home, please visit

Contact Us

  1. For more information about the National Camping School program, registration, and section requirements, please contact Course Director Richard Stockton.

  2. For more information about Rotary Scout Reservation, including transportation, accommodations, and dietary restrictions, please contact Twin Rivers Council Liaison and RSR Camp Director Brian Murray.

  3. The phone number at Rotary Scout Reservation is (518) 283-4794. 

  4. While signal strength may vary, cellular signals are typically strong enough to support all major carriers throughout most of the camp. 

  5. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at #rsrbsa.