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

Campmasters may review the schedule for their teams' service by clicking on this link for the 2015 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 10, 2015 January 17, 2015 October 3, 2015
February 7, 2015 February 21, 2015  
March 7, 2015 March 14, 2015  
April 11, 2015 (Skilled Trades Day) April 18, 2015  
May 9, 2015 (Regular and Mic-O-Say) May 2, 2015  
August 15, 2015 May 16, 2015  
September 12, 2015 August 29, 2015  
October 10, 2015 September 26, 2015 (Skilled Trades Day)  
November 7, 2015 October 24, 2015  
  November 14, 2015

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 for the day.

Bartle Scout Reservation for April 11, 2015  (Click on link to register)

Naish Scout Reservation for September 26, 2015 (Click on link to register)

2015 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: Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Where: IBEW Local #124 Union Hall 301 E 103rd Terrace, Kansas City Missouri

RSVP online no later than Oct 26, 2015 at

Gathering is 6:00 PM Dress is casual

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 Safety Training/Campmaster Training

Council Safety Training/Campmaster training The Heart of America Council Safety Training and Campmaster Training is Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation. 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 Spring school will be at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation on April 17-18, 2015. The fall training will be at the H Roe Bartle scout reservation on October 16-17, 2015. Our chainsaw training covers safe practices for handling these potentially dangerous tools.

Our Spring 2015 Naish Chainsaw Training training will be held at Theodore Naish Scout Reservation on April 17-18, 2015 and the Fall 2015 Bartle Chainsaw Training will be at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation on October 10-11, 2015. 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 Handbook

Coming soon!

Emergency Shelter Familiarity

Campmasters may be called upon to assist in activation and use of the emergency shelters at Bartle or Naish.  Please review these tutorials to maintain your familiarity with shelter activation.  Click here for the first video and click here for the second video.


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


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