The Campmaster Corps began in the Heart of America Council in 1971 at Camp Powell of the Kansas City Area Council. The HOAC Campmaster Corps is comprised of dedicated Scouters volunteering to help the Camp Ranger by providing assistance to the guests of the reservation, supporting program, or by performing maintenance projects while living by the Scout Oath and Law.

Campmasters may volunteer to serve in one of 3 ways:

  • 1 - On a weekend host team
  • 2 - On a weekend maintenance team
  • 3 - As an individual at a Council workday

The weekend teams serve between August and May. Campmasters select their own time and frequency of service. They serve a minimum of two times a year on specific prearranged dates.

Campmaster Service Calendar

Campmaster teams sign up at the annual dinner for which weekends they will work for the next year.  Those sign ups plus the events scheduled at each camp are shown on the Campmaster calendar by weekend.  The Campmaster calendar also shows holidays and other times when camp may be closed.  A copy of the Campmaster calendar is posted at each camp in the camp offices and at the link below.

 2016 Campmaster Team Calendar  

Each year hundreds of volunteers from across the Heart of America Council donate their time and talents to the operations of the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation and H Roe Bartle Scout Reservation by serving as part of the Campmaster Corps.

To register for a Camp or Council Office Workday please click on one of the links below…

Click here to sign up for Bartle Workdays Click here to sign up for Naish Workdays Click here to sign up for Council Office Workdays
January 9, 2016 January 16, 2016 October 1, 2016

February 6, 2016

February 20, 2016  
March 5, 2016 March 12, 2016  
April 9, 2016 (Skilled Trades Day) April 16, 2016 (Chainsaw Training)  
May 7, 2016 April 30, 2016  

August 6, 2016 (Chainsaw Workday)

May 14, 2016
August 13, 2016 August 27, 2016
September 10, 2016 September 24, 2016
October 8, 2016 (Chainsaw Workday) October 22, 2016
November 5, 2016 November 12, 2016


Click here to sign up for Bartle Workdays


Click here to sign up for Naish Workdays


Click here to sign up for Council Office Workdays

January 7, 2017 January 14, 2017 October 7, 2017

February 4, 2017

February 18, 2017  
March 4, 2017 March 11, 2017  
April 8, 2017 (Skilled Trades Day) April 22, 2017 (Chainsaw Training)  
May 13, 2017 May 6, 2017  

August 5, 2017 (Chainsaw Workday)

May 20, 2017
August 12, 2017 September 9, 2017
September 16, 2017 September 23, 2017
October 14, 2017 (Chainsaw Workday) October 21, 2017
November 4, 2017 November 11, 2017

Bartle and Naish Camp Maintenance Skilled Trade Days

Heart of America Council, BSA is asking for your help to maintain our Camp facilities and to prepare for our year round camping program. We have a long list of projects that needs your help in accomplishing and completing. Please sign up by clicking one of the links below. If you wish to sign up for both you will need to go to each link and register for each day separately. Each day will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Meals will be provided.

Click on the Scout Reservations below to make your reservation

Naish Scout Reservation for September 24, 2016  (Click on link to register)

Bartle Scout Reservation April 8, 2017 Click on link to register)

2016 Skilled Trades Work Days Flyer

Annual Recognition Dinner

We don’t pause often enough to express our sincere THANKS for the contributions that the Campmaster corps have made to our Council camps. Your efforts help create smiles and memories for thousands of Scouts and Scouters. Please join us for an evening of fellowship and appreciation of the volunteers that make H.Roe Bartle Scout Reservation and the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation two of the best camps in the nation.

When: November 10, 2016 - 6 p.m.

Where: Western Missouri Carpenters Union Hall  -  8955 East 38th Terrace  -  Kansas City, MO 64129

RVSP @ Campmaster Dinner

Campmaster Trainings

Campmasters must maintain their training by completing HOAC training every two years.  There are two ways to complete this training: attend the annual training event or complete the training online. 

Online training is available.  Review the Campmaster Handbook, then successfully complete the online test to satisfy the training expectation.  Successful completion is considered 75% correct on the test.  Insert your name at the test login and use "Campmaster" as the passcode to begin your test session.
Click here to access the online test.      Click here to download the Campmaster Handbook.

Council Campmaster Training

The Heart of America Council Campmaster Training is at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation on March 19, 2016. This training includes equipment, Campmaster responsibilities, emergency procedures, tools and RTV's/carts. All registered Heart of America Council members who will be driving an RTV or cart for the council, at camp or elsewhere, will need to attend and be trained.

Chainsaw Training

The Heart of America Council is blessed to have two great reservations totaling more than 5000 acres. The maintenance and upkeep of these reservations takes a dedicated group of volunteers and professionals. Per BSA national standards, each chainsaw operator must have completed BSA approved training to be able to operate a chainsaw saw on the reservation. Chainsaw training allows Scouters to join the team of sawyers that performs the tree trimming and tree removal work that is required at our reservations. Our chainsaw training covers safe practices for handling these potentially dangerous tools.

The Fall 2016 Chainsaw training will be at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation on October 7-8, 2016.  

The 2017 Bartle Chainsaw trainings are on August 5, 2017 & October 14, 2017.   The 2017 Naish Chainsaw training is April 22, 2017.

Click on the appropriate link to register for the training you'd like to attend.

How do I join the Campmaster team?

Are you interested in being a Campmaster?

Campmaster volunteers must maintain a current Campmaster application on file with the Heart of America Council.  If you need to complete a Campmaster application you can do so by submitting it online at Once completed you will be contacted by one of the Campmaster Team members.

Campmaster Merchandise

You can now order merchandise from our online store at Payments will be made at time of purchase and mailed directly to you.

Emergency Procedures

Campmasters are among the first ones to know of an emergency that is happening on the reservation.  We need to be prepared in knowing the proper procedures of how to handle situations of lost campers, injuries, trespassers and other emergencies so we can assist the camp management in the best ways possible.  A copy of the council’s emergency plan is available next to all phones and at the link below.

                2016 HOAC Off Season Emergency Procedures Plan

Many of the emergencies that Campmaster help respond to are related to severe weather.    The Heart of America Council is blessed to have FEMA approved storm shelters across both of our reservations.  Campmasters need to be familiar with the specific operating procedures of the storm shelters.  A copy of the council’s emergency procedures is available next to all phones and at the links below.

                Bartle Storm Shelter Operations Plan  OR  Naish Storm Shelter Operations Plan

Maintenance Team Award Recipients

Without your efforts and hard work throughout the years, we would not have two great camps to deliver our quality programs to the Scouts of our Council. The highlight of each year is the awarding of the "Volunteers of the Year" and "Lifetime Achievement Awards". Congratulations to past recipients.

Volunteers of the Year Award

Year Naish Bartle


Mike McCurdy Bud Bly
2008 Tim Saint Danny Minnick
2009 Larry Sisk

Craig Jones

2010 Gary Bloomer & Stan Lloyd Chris Bessmer
2011 Russell Downing & Todd Whiteley H. Wayne Hoenshell & K. Ed Mynatt
2012 Bob Miller Kim Hein
2013 John Cookinham IV Mark Trammell
2014 Matt Macdonald Lee Perry
2014 Chuck Welsh Dennis Flinn
2015 Ray Graskemper Sr Richard Smart
2015 Henry Creagh Gabriel Smart
2015 Ray Graskemper Jr Joab Smart
2015   Samuel Smart
    Mark Walters


Lifetime Achievement Award





David Miller & Allan Boyd

Clarence Stevens, Bob Moeder & Robert Hedberg


Gene Adams

Gene Young


Bob Gilner & Bill Whitenack

Lloyd Carpenter Sr. & West Rutherford


Kenny Long & Steve Campbell

Craig Jones


Bruce Coleman

Barry Slotnick & Bill Kirke





Tommy Dudley

Kenny Dannenbrock


Blair Pederson

Don Flinn


Russ Downing

Al Flatebo

2015 Gary Bloomer & John Cookinham Sr. Ron Lynch & Danny Minnick