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The Conquistador Council promotes camping and does not want any Cub Scout, Boy Scout or Venture Scout to miss the opportunity to attend one of its summertime camping programs.  A Campership is financial assistance awarded to a Scout to allow him/her to attend a summer camp program (residential camp or day camp).  Camperships are need-based and are awarded to youth who are unable to afford the full summer camp fee.


A Scout is Thrifty. The Conquistador Council encourage all youth to pay their own way to Scouting activities, as this philosophy supports the basic aims of the Scouting program. However, we realize that some Scouts need a little extra help at times in order to participate. Camperships are limited to registered youth members of the Conquistador Council and may not be used for out-of-Council programs.


We encourage Scouting units and families to help Scouts earn funds for camp. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Sell Popcorn!  Sell Camp Cards!  The unit can allocate a portion of its commission to individual salesmen.

  2. Organize a fund-raising project to specifically assist youth attending camp.  Each Scout should be given credit towards camp fees based on the amount of effort he puts forth.

  3. Each Scout should be encouraged to save money on his own, i.e., birthday gifts, mowing lawns, etc.

  4. If a Scout needs assistance finding a job, the Unit Committee should contact the Chartered Organization for help in identifying sources of jobs and funding.  If money is given, the Scout should work for it by doing projects for his church, school, or community.


If after trying all of the above, the Unit finds that a Scout still needs financial help, the Conquistador Council Campership program will attempt to provide assistance. The Unit Leader or the Unit Committee Chair must discreetly work with the family and carefully follow the procedure outlined below:

  1. Verify with the family that there is a true need. Ensure that all other sources of funds have been exhausted before requesting campership assistance. Campership funds are very limited, and we are not able to meet all requests.  We need your help to see that campership dollars are provided to those who most need assistance.  Requesting funds for someone who does not truly need it may prevent another deserving Scout from receiving assistance.

  2. The Unit Leader or Unit Committee Chair, with the discreet assistance of the family, must fill out the Campership Application.  The comments on each application will be treated as confidential and only the Council will have access to this information.  Applications will be destroyed following camp season.  The application must be filled out completely and signed by both the unit leader and the parent.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must answer every question on the form and the form must be signed.

  3. In order to be considered, completed applications must be submitted to the Conquistador Council no later than May 15.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.

  4. Each application will be carefully and objectively reviewed, based solely on the degree of need as indicated on the form. 

  5. Selections and will be made as soon as possible.


The Conquistador Council will make every effort to raise funds to aid families to send their Scouts to camp.  Therefore, if you know of any potential donors, please contact your District Executive. For further information contact Scout Executive, at 575-622-3461.


Thank You!

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