Mini Camp Weekends

Summer Camp When You Want It!

Mini-Camps at Naish Scout Reservation provide a unique opportunity for Troops, Teams, Crews, and Posts to come to “summer camp” on a spring or fall weekend!  During the weekend, youth are able to participate in Archery, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Pistol Shooting (Venturers ONLY!), Climbing, Rappelling, COPE, Woodcarving, Wilderness First Aid (youth ages 14 and up and adults), and Aquatics Supervision (youth ages 15 and up and adults).  With several weekends to choose from, you can have summer camp anytime that works for your unit.

In certain programs (Archery, Shooting Sports, Climbing, and Woodcarvers Workshop), Scouts and Venturers MAY be able to complete requirements toward merit badges and/or award advancement.  Participants are required to bring paperwork to the program if you are working toward any type of advancement.

Registrations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Full payment is required at the time of registration.  No refunds will be given for non-attendance of Mini-Camp programs.  Fees paid are not transferable to another date.  A Saturday lunch is provided as part of the registration fee.  Adults bringing youth to participate in Mini-Camp may also purchase a lunch on Saturday for an additional $5.00.  Availability for each program is listed on the registration page.

Check-in is held at the Naish Central Camp Office on the scheduled Saturdays listed below between 7:00 and 7:45 a.m. (check-in by 8:45 a.m. for Wilderness First Aid) for all courses except for Aquatics Supervision.  Aquatics Supervision check-in is held at the Naish Central Camp Office from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. on the Friday evening schedule below.

  • Wilderness First Aid runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday ONLY.
  • The Advanced Shooting Sports programs (Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun) run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday and end after lunch; there is no afternoon programming for the Advanced Shooting Sports programs.
  • Aquatics Supervision runs from 7:00 p.m. on Friday night to approximately 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday are provided with your registration.  A bunk in one of the Central Camp Staff Cabins for Friday evening is also included in your registration for Aquatics Supervision (sleeping gear not provided by camp).
  • All other programs run from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

2015 Mini-Camp Schedule

For more information, program descriptions and restrictions download the 2015 Mini-Camp Flyer.

Mini-Camp Weekend
To sign up for a Mini-Camp click the date below.  Please note, registration closes on the Wednesday prior to each scheduled Mini-Camp date.
Weekend Overnight Camping
If you are planning on camping overnight, click below on the link next to the Mini-Camp Weekend you are planning on attending.
August 7-8, 2015 Aquatics Supervision Overnight camping for the weekend of August 7
September 26, 2015 Overnight camping for the weekend of September 26
October 10, 2015 Overnight camping for the weekend of October 10
October 24, 2015 Overnight camping for the weekend of October 24
November 7, 2015 Overnight camping for the weekend of November 7

ATV Safety Course

Starting August 29, 2015, during the OA Fall Induction #2, the Heart of American Council will be offering an ATV Safety Course.  Scouts must be 14 years of age or older to participate. There will be additional courses available through November 2015. You can find more information and available course dates/times by downloading the ATV Flyer.  Register for this Safety Course by going to

Wilderness First Aid

Wilderness First Aid can be completed through the Mini-Camp program.  However, if you are not able to attend any of the courses offered through the Heart of America Council, you can complete Wilderness First Aid through any of the following organizations:

American Red Cross (Instructor Training, Only)
National Outdoor Leadership School (Wilderness Medicine Institute)
National Ski Patrol - Outdoor Emergency Care