This entry-level leadership development program provides Starfish teens the chance to build self-and peer-leadership skills, with a focus on teambuilding, communication and group dynamics. In addition to participating in activities similar to the Older Camper Program, l.e.a.d.e.r.s. teens live together in a bunk with other teens and are seen as role models in daily camp life, including helping to lead all-camp Gatherings, organizing service projects and helping new campers to get acquainted with camp.
For teens who are interested in moving into the S.T.A.R. Corps in future, this program is a good introduction. L.e.a.d.e.r.s. help out with our Day Camp, organizing (with staff support) games for our 5-10 year old campers or reading to them at the start of rest hour. Each day, the teens participate in a l.e.a.d.e.r.s. Forum discussion about a different topic of leadership and complete a page of their Goals Journal explaining how they have exemplified the l.e.a.d.e.r.s. characteristics of leadership, enthusiasm, achievement, determination, enrichment, responsibility and service during the day. By showing staff that they are actively working on their skills, teens earn extra time to play board games, listen to music, and relax with friends in their own space, the “Leaders’ Lounge.” In addition, they are able to earn the priveleges that OCP teens do.
Towards the end of the session, teens participate in a special event to celebrate their achievements. This program, which challenges teens safely alongside the individualized support Starfish is known for, is a great introduction to leadership.
We encourage you to download the Teen Programs Guide to Entry to learn more about the expectations,
opportunities and details of the l.e.a.d.e.r.s. program. If you have further questions about your teen's