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.

2018 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.

Bartle & Naish Workdays

2018 Camp or Council Office Workdays, please click on one of the links below
Click here to sign up for Bartle Workdays
Click here to sign up for Naish Workdays
January 6, 2018 January 13, 2018
February 3, 2018 February 17, 2018
March 3, 2018 March 10, 2018 (Chainsaw Training)
April 7, 2018 (Skilled Trades Day) April 28, 2018 (OA Induction #1)
May 5, 2018 (MOS Work Day) May 19, 2018 (OA Induction #2)
May 12, 2018 (Staff Work Day) August 25, 2018 (OA Fall Induction)
August 11, 2018 September 22, 2018 (OA Fall Fellowship)
September 8, 2018 October 20, 2018
October 13, 2018 November 10, 2018
November 3, 2018  


The 2018 HOAC Council Workday is October 6, 2018 to register for this workday click here.

2019 Camp or Council Office Workdays, please click on one of the links below…
Click here to sign up for Bartle Workdays

Click here to sign up for Naish Workdays

January 5, 2019 January 12, 2019
February 2, 2019 February 16, 2019
March 2, 2019 (Chainsaw Training) March 9, 2019
April 6, 2019 (Skilled Trades Day) April 27, 2019 (OA Induction #1)
May 4, 2019  May 18, 2019 (OA Induction #2)
August 10, 2019 August 24, 2019 (OA Fall Induction)
September 7, 2019 September 21, 2019 
October 5, 2019 October 19, 2019
November 2, 2019 November 9, 2019
The 2019 HOAC Council Workday is October 12, 2019 to register for this workday click here.
Bartle & 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 need your help in accomplishing and completing. Please sign up by clicking the links below. Each day will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. Meals will be provided.

Annual Recognition Dinner

The 2018 Campmaster Recognition Dinner will be held on November 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the IBEW Hall at 303 E 103 Terrace in Kansas City Missouri.

TO RSVP for the dinner go to 2018 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 the Carpenter's Union Hall on March 24, 2018. 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 2018 Naish chainsaw training is on March 10, 2018.   

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.

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
2015   Mark Walters
2016 Kevin Drescher Dave Mascal & Mike Meyers
2017 Mark Enke Gerald Gittinger


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
2016 Tom Bundy Dan Morales & Bill Crain
2017 Joe Pepper Eddie Mynatt