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Youth Leadership Summer Camp Filling Fast
Learn leadership and have fun at White Stag camp 2013. Choose from any of the three phase programs.
2013 Youth Leadership Camp Dates
We received a record number of applications in 2012, filling our two week-long summer camps to capacity. Save 10% off camp fees and apply now.
Session 1: June 23-29, 2013. White Stag Ranch, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California
Session 2: July 14-20, 2013.White Stag Ranch, Arroyo Seco, Monterey County, California
At White Stag, you learn and practice leadership and problem solving skills, how to make decisions, assess your individual strengths and weaknesses, goal-setting, planning, and self-advocacy. Learn more about what makes White Stag Leadership Camp distinctive.
White Stag summer camp is a fun week of hiking, backpacking, camping, campfires, outdoor games. yells, cheers, singing, and practicing the skills of leadership. During White Stag leadership camp, you get lots of chances to learn and practice leadership skills in small and large group settings.
White Stag offers youth 10½-18 a fun, challenging week-long leadership development experience. Ask any teen who has been to camp what they enjoyed most, and they will say, "It's fun." But don't expect to hang out by the pool and spend time at the snack bar. You won't have any free time to speak of. You'll be busy virtually every moment with a variety of challenging leadership activities. And of course there's camping, backpacking, and a lot of team-building activities.
Whether you know anyone in camp or not, you'll be mixed together with other teens and make friends fast. Challenged to work together to solve problems, you'll prepare food, pitch camp, and get hands-on experience learning leadership skills with other teens. Reserve your spot now.
Pre-registration now accepted.
We challenge youth to use their skills, teamwork, and strategy to overcome challenges. This builds trust, confidence and self-esteem. Youth gain skills in leadership including planning, communicating, personal interests and abilities, setting achievable goals, time management, negotiating and persuading. White Stag is much more than a camp. It's where future leaders are developed.
Our half-century of success has taught us that leadership development needs to begin early, when youth are more adaptable and teachable. White Stag is unique because it is a leadership development program designed for youth, but also created and led by youth. Watch the video.
We encourage participants to take their new leadership skills home and make a difference. Depending on your child's age, maturity, and outdoors experience, you may choose from three phases:
What the campers say
Our 2011 summer camp was covered by the Santa Cruz Sentinal. Rachel Tatley, 10, told the Sentinel, "We learn about how you can be a leader, what happens when something goes wrong and what needs to be done to fix it."Read the complete article.
Learn Leadership, Help Your Youth
We train adults in leadership skills. If you would like to give back to a program that has positively affected your family, we are accepting applications for leadership positions. Get started now improving your leadership skills. Contact us for information and plan now to attend the Indaba and staff interviews.
What Makes White Stag Distinctive
We recognize that youth learn best when their whole body and mind is engaged. We provide a hands-on, outdoors, physically challenging experiential education focus. We create an environment where it's safe for youth to try out new behaviors, to be the best they can be. We teach that the opposite of success is not failure, but to quit.
Mirroring the real world, we offer a coeducational learning opportunity. Youth are fully supervised at all times. We take a holistic approach to learning, giving participants an experience that affects their hands via outdoor skills, head via leadership skills, and heart via our spirit and traditions.
Pre-registration now accepted.
White Stag Leadership Development has a long history of teaching youth leadership. We have taught more than 20,000 youth leadership since our founding in 1958.
We believe the skills of leadership can be acquired through practice. Leadership is not inborn nor intuitive. We put participants through practiced exercises where leadership is required, encouraging and supporting youth in continual improvement. We use the outdoors because it's fun, physically challenging, and rewarding. We use a small-team approach where everyone gets the attention they need and the opportunity to engage and improve. We apply a systemic approach to leadership development, encouraging repeated exposure and practice over months and years. We believe in the infinity principle: that education never stops, and for that reason we continually evaluate, seeking ways to improve both as individuals and as an organization.
Leader's Guide to White Stag
The White Stag program is only successful when youth put the leadership skills they gained at camp to work at home, in their youth group, church, or at school. Read our suggested guidelines.
We believe in leadership development by design. We know that good leaders never stop learning. We constantly check to see how we are progressing. We continue to focus on the basics, teaching eleven leadership competencies.
White Stag is structured to meet the needs of youth age 10½-18. We offer three phases:
Pre-registration now accepted.
Anyone who has graduated from summer camp or has served on youth or adult staff at White Stag are automatically members of our Alumni Association! We are always eager to hear what you have been up to and how you are using the leadership skills in your personal and professional life.
Join the Venture Crew
Our Venture Crew meets almost every Thursday at 7pm in the Presidio of Monterey Scout Lodge. They go camping or backpacking almost every month. If you are 14-17 years old and in the Monterey Bay Area, join us!
Volunteer at Camp
Since we have added a second week of summer camp, we can almost always use an extra hand or two at camp. Volunteer and let us know when you are free. For dates, see our current camp dates. To volunteer, contact us!
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The White Stag Leadership Development Academy is a federal 501(c)3 non-profit. Founded in 1958, it is a volunteer-led program. We provide year-round leadership education for up to 100 youth staff and two week-long summer camp programs each year for up to 500 youth campers.
Tony LaMarque, Camp Director Monterey, CA
Steve Cardinalli, Program Director Monterey, CA
White Stag at a Glance
||Primarily California along with a number of other states. Internationally, participants have in the past five years traveled from China, Taiwan, France, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, and Guam.
|Youth served during 2012/13
|Youth served since founding
|Current annual budget
||Paul F. Sujan Memorial Scout Lodge
Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, California
||Gold Stag, Silver Silver, and others
||3,000+ hours annually
|Time devoted to leadership development
||about 144,500 hours, or
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