Curriculum of Achievement Leading to Membership in The Society of Camp Directors

Personal Qualifications

  • Candidate shall be at least 25 years of age.
  • Candidate shall hold current membership in a recognized camping association in Canada.

Educational Qualifications

  • Candidate shall be a graduate of a recognized University, College of a comparable post secondary academic institution acceptable to the Society of Camp Directors.

Camping Experience and Operational Achievement Program

  • Candidate shall have completed a minimum of forty (40) weeks of experience as a staff member during regular operational sessions of an accredited camp, as follows:
  • All camp work experience considered must have been gained after age 17
  • All experience must have been accumulated in periods of at least four consecutive weeks
  • A maximum of twelve (12) weeks of the forty (40) weeks of experience may be accumulated as a general counsellor or staff member
  • A minimum of four (4) weeks shall be in major administrative role in association with a director of a camp who is a member of a recognized camping association
  • Candidate shall have attended on a full-time basis an adequate number of national or regional conferences, seminars and workshops;
  • Candidate shall provide details on camping association involvement in any two of the following:
    • Participate as contributor at an educational camping association conference, seminar or professional development event
    • Publish in a camping association magazine or prepare independently an article, book, thesis or study bearing on camping or a related discipline
    • Serve as a member of a camping association committee

Standards Accreditation Program

  • Candidate shall attain a comprehensive knowledge of the purposes, procedures and requirements of the accreditation standards program of the camping association with which the candidate is affiliated.
  • Candidate shall accompany an official standards visitor on two visits.

Camp Programming

  • Candidate shall be able to evolve a complete seasonal and daily camp program related to specific philosophies and purposes, physical environment, equipment available and effectiveness of staff.
  • Candidate shall have an understanding of scheduled, un-scheduled, autocratic, democratic, and free program organization and techniques.
  • Candidate shall attain sufficient knowledge of Red Cross, Life Saving Society, and other recognized activity programs to incorporate them into a camp program.

Camper Relationships

  • A Candidate shall have or attain a good knowledge of registration and record keeping procedures (enrolment forms, parent and medical questionnaires, camper achievement and assessment forms, grouping procedures etc.)
  • Candidate shall attain a knowledge of the methods and procedures for keeping records of camper's activities, personal relationships and health.
  • Candidate shall attain knowledge of allocating campers in groups.


  • A candidate shall have or attain adequate knowledge of the following procedures: Delegation of authority, staff recruitment, selection, referencing, and government legislation on all aspects of employment.

Basic Scientific Knowledge

  • Candidate should be aware of the literature and knowledge in camping and in related disciplines and current research in fields such as education, psychology and sociology in particular.

Business and Camp Operational Procedures

  • Candidate shall have a general knowledge of good food service: nutrition, menu planning, sanitation, purchasing, inventory control etc.

  • Candidate shall have general administrative knowledge: accounting, banking, insurance, taxation, laws governing health, the environment, zoning etc.

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