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Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program Defined

The Leadership Development Program is a week-long leadership program for teens entering 10th-12th grade that focuses on character development. This program is for those who love camp and want to learn the skills necessary to transition from camper to camp staff member. LDPs learn about leadership, camp counseling techniques, including how to be a positive role model for the campers, and how to facilitate camp activities. LDPs who successfully complete the three levels of this program will have a skill set that will transfer to any career path.

All LDP years are based on what grade you are entering in the Fall of 2019. Click your class year below to read more. Please note: LDP sessions are not eligible for any discounts due to being highly discounted already.

Service Corps Note: Any accepted LDP can choose to do Service Corps for Sessions 1-9. They must however also be signed up for an LDP session at some point during the summer. The insures that our potential future staff members are getting cabin leadership experience.

Come to camp for 1 BASE or ADVENTURE camp week and live with the campers and counselors serving as a role-model for the cabin. Take charge of campers at various parts of the day, assist with program instruction and behavior management. You will also have a daily meeting with the camp’s Leadership Staff in which you will talk about the process and learn new skills to help you become a better LDP. You can also add one week of Service Corps in addition to your LDP week at no cost. 

Come to camp for 2 BASE or ADVENTURE camp weeks for the price of one. Juniors have increased responsibility and expectations while growing further in their leadership style. Camp Greenville is much more selective of those who progress to this level as we will seriously begin to talk about their role as future staff members at YMCA Camp Greenville. You can also add one or two weeks of Service Corps in addition to one of your LDP weeks at no cost. 

Come to camp for 3 BASE or ADVENTURE camp weeks. Senior LDPs will experience top level responsibility including cabin responsibilities and leadership. Senior LDPs are the largest pool of potential staff members.  All seniors who finish the summer in good standing are granted a formal staff interview in the winter. You can also add one or two weeks of Service Corps in addition to your LDP weeks at no cost. 

What Is Service Corps?

Service Corps offers LDP’s the opportunity to serve the camp community for one or two-week periods. Participants will work hard each day but gain satisfaction of helping behind the scenes and giving to the camp community from the service aspect. During their Service Corps week, LDP’s will help all over camp, especially in the dining hall, maintenance department, pack-out, camp store, main office, and program areas.  Service Corps is a fantastic opportunity for current LDP’s to understand the big picture of the on-goings of camp.

Who can sign up for Service Corps?

All levels of LDPs (sophomores, juniors and seniors) can add a week of Service Corps but you must first be accepted in to the program for the current summer. PLEASE NOTE: Campers MUST be signed up for an LDP week in addition to participate in Service Corps. There is no cost to add on a week of Service Corps.

Join a small group of LDP’s as they hit the road and head across the Southeast to

  • tour other camps
  • meet and learn from other camp staff and directors
  • take part in leadership opportunities
  • conduct community service
  • stop at tourists destinations along the way

This fun and amazing opportunity is only available to LDPs who are accepted in to the program for 2019. Registration for the LDP road trip will open on December 15, 2018.

Cost: Y Member: $705/  Non Member: $835

How do I sign up?

Participating as an LDP is separate from summer camp registration. You must apply for the LDP program and be accepted before your schedule is set and registration occurs. It is a competitive process and spaces are limited.

Applications for the 2019 summer are closed and all of our spots have been chosen.

Please check back October 2019 for the 2020 application process.