The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is a week or multi 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 2020. 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 1-8. 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 same program price. 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 week 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 and the most compettive selection process in the LDP program. All seniors who finish the summer in good standing are granted a formal staff interview in the winter. You can also add one week of Service Corps in addition to your LDP weeks at no cost.
Service Corps offers LDP’s the opportunity to serve the camp community for one to two week periods. Participants will work hard each day but gain satisfaction of helping behind the scenes and giving to the camp 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.
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. You do not have to attend your Service Corps week consecutive to your LDP week(s).
How do I apply?
Applications are now being accepted for summer 2020. Participating as an LDP is a separate timeline and process from summer camp registration. Each camper (new and returning) must submit an application before Jan 6, 2020. No applications will be accepted after that time.
In the application you will indicate your top pick for your summer attendance. If you are accepted in to the program your schedule will be assigned to you based on your preferences. Camp staff will make every attempt to give your first or second choice.
Schedules will not go out until after Jan 6, 2020.It is not a first come, first serve so take time to think through your application. It is a competitive process and spaces are limited.
To apply click the link below to be taken to a google form (new participants only)