Leadership Development Program | YMCA Camp Silver Beach
Leadership Development Program
The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a great next-step after our Teen Adventure Program, or a wonderful first step for the older camper seeking a more in-depth and meaningful camp experience. This three-week program is open to rising 11th graders who are 16 years old by the start of the program.
Each Leadership Development Program participant (LDPer) is guided through the program under the supervision of our LDP Director and Counselors. The LDPers spend two weeks as a group to start the program, participating in leadership seminars, games and tasks that develop and exercise skills in teamwork and communication. These elements incorporate the participant’s chosen land and water activities, camp-wide games, puzzle and problem solving team events, and inter-cottage competitions. This section of the program culminates in a three-day off-site expedition that puts all of their skills to the test under the close guidance of our staff.
The experience ends with each LDPer taking all of the lessons they have learned, and joining a counselor-led cottage to provide leadership to a group of younger campers. LDPers are always supervised by CSB staff members, and never left to supervise campers alone.
This program is a great opportunity for young people to grow in confidence, build lifelong friendships, and develop their leadership potential in settings that extend far beyond the camp realm.