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Junior Leader Training -- White Stag Leadership Development

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"This was an awesome camp! I really had a lot of fun! And I learned so much too, everything from knots and lashings to first aid to firebuilding."

White Stag camp is
youth by youth

Our hands-on youth leadership development program is led by youth for youth. All boys and girls who have completed the 5th grade through 17 years old may apply. Choose from any of the three phase programs.

We offer three phases for youth based on their age and maturity. Space is limited. Plan now to attend Candidate Orientation Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Scout Lodge. Or apply for camp today.

What makes White Stag distinctive

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.

Information for...

  • Youth
  • Parents
  • Leaders
  • Alumni
  • Media

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:

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.

Leadership Skills

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.

Program Structure

White Stag is structured to meet the needs of youth age 10½-18. We offer three phases:

Pre-registration now accepted.

Miss that White Stag feeling?

Anyone who has graduated from summer camp or has served on youth or adult staff at White Stag are encouraged to join our Alumni Association! Learning leadership is a life-long process, and you can continue to learn and contribute in the Alumni Association.

Volunteer at Camp

We are now running two weeks of summer camp and you're needed. See our current camp dates and volunteer today! Keep that White Stag Feeling alive. Stay in touch on Facebook!

The White Stag Leadership Development Program was founded in 1958 and remains entirely a volunteer-led program. We provide year-round leadership education for up to 100 youth staff and a week-long summer camp in several locations each year for up to 500 youth campers.

Media Contacts

Brian Phelps, Director of Leadership Development, Stockton, CA

White Stag at a Glance

Founded 1958
Area served 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 2012/13 530
Youth served since founding about 22,000
Current annual budget $100,000
Organization type 501(c)3 non-profit; GuideStar Certified
Headquarters Paul F. Sujan Memorial Scout Lodge
Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, California
Awards given Gold Stag, Silver Silver, and others
Community service 3,000+ hours annually
Time devoted to leadership development during 2012-13 about 144,500 hours, or
16.5 person-years

For more information, see Media Relations.