Leadership Development

Grades 7 – 12

Our Leadership Development Program is a leadership progression for teens. LDP instructors coach on group facilitation and leadership, teach technical outdoor skills, and guide participants to collaboratively make consequential decisions. LDP programs build the whole person - spirit, mind, and body - through a variety of activities, projects, and team-building exercises. Campers learn leadership skills built upon the YMCA's core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Equity. They learn valuable lessons that will last a lifetime. The Leadership Development Program is set up as a progression for teens that includes sessions from one week to four weeks.

YMCA Service Crew | Entering Grades 7-11

(Groups are co-ed)


YMCA Service Crew is a one week session for teens who want to develop leadership skills through service and outreach. This program will emphasize communication, cooperation, and servant leadership. Together our campers will plan and implement service projects around camp and off-site, in the community.

  • Grades 7-9: June 19 – 24 (6 days)
  • Grades 10-11: July 17 – 22 (6 days)

Explorers | Canoeing | Entering Grade 7-8

(Groups are co-ed)


Explorers is a two week session that introduces campers to the wonderful adventure of a canoe trip! The program starts with campers getting to know each other and practicing canoeing skills in camp. The next few days are spent on a short canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) or similar wilderness area.

  • July 5 – 15 (11 days)

Voyageurs | Canoeing | Entering Grade 9

(Groups are co-ed)


Voyageurs is a two week session that expands on canoeing and leadership skills. Before and after the 5 day canoe trip in the BWCAW, campers enjoy preparations and traditional camp activities at Camp Ihduhapi

  • July 17 – 29 (13 days)

Junior Leaders | Canoeing | Entering Grade 10

(Groups are co-ed)


Junior Leaders is a two week session that sends campers on a pinnacle 10 day canoe trip in the BWCAW.

  • July 31 – August 12 (13 days)

Counselors in Training | Canoeing | Entering Grade 11-12

(Groups are co-ed)


Counselor In Training is a four week session for teens that want to develop mentoring and leadership opportunities as Camp Counselors. CITs build counseling skills by working together on team-building and leadership skills necessary in guiding younger campers. For the last weeks of their experience, CITs will apply their new skills by shadowing experienced counselors in a cabin of younger campers and leading all camp activities.

  • July 5 – 29  | (25 days)