Developing Future Camp Leaders

Posted: September 01, 2011

Camp Professionals throughout the Texoma section,

Let us all take a deep breath and bask in the glory of another terrific summer in which we got to have the greatest job in the world. While the summer is still fresh in our minds I wanted to make sure everyone knew about a fantastic opportunity for those of our counselors who really stood out this summer. Those counselors who not only do we want back next summer, but possibly would like to elevate to positions on our leadership team in the near future.

The Student Camp Leadership Academy (SCLA) is a weekend workshop designed for two groups of people. The first are those college students who are interested in a career in the camping industry, and want to know more about getting into the business. The second are students who want to gain more leadership skills that can be applied not only to camping, but whatever their future jobs may be.

This October 14-16 the SCLA will be held at Collin County Adventure camp, and is a chance for your rising staff members to learn from camp directors and owners from all over Texas. Two years ago I helped out with an SCLA event in Illinois and Camp Champions sent two of our own leadership staff members to participate in the event. Both attendees came back more skilled, and with a better understanding of the camping profession.

The application process for the SCLA can be found at The cost of the program is $130.00 plus transportation, room and board will be provided. Tuition can be paid by the participant, the participant’s camp, the participant’s university, or the participant can apply for a scholarship offered by the ACA section.

The SCLA is a phenomenal way to invest in your staff members who are excelling, and to set them up to be leaders in your camp, whether it is as a member of your leadership staff or amongst your counselors. Please take advantage of this opportunity and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me, 830-598-2571 or

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