Student Camp Leadership Academy (SCLA)-West Program


GET A REAL JOB:  Become a Camp Professional!  Student Camp Leadership Academy (SCLA) is your chance to take an in-depth look at options for a profession in the camping field, make connections to people who can hire you and build your skills to prepare for a career in camping.  Join us for this highly rated weekend retreat!

Who Should Attend:

SCLA is designed for undergraduate and graduate students who are considering a career in camping.  View Program Goals & Core Learner Outcomes.

Not a student, but interested in the camping field?  No problem!  Anyone interested in becoming a camp professional is encouraged to apply.

Program Topics:

  • Leadership & Management
  • Building Community at Camp
  • How to Get Hired as a Camp Professional
  • Weathering the Storm - Crisis Management
  • Camp Business 101
  • Building Your Networking Skills
  • And Many More!


What People Are Saying About Student Camp Leadership Academy - West:

"As a first step, SCLA in invaluable.  Getting the chance to think differently and interact with a variety of camp professionals really drives home the point that this is a REAL career option.  There are things I learned that I can bring back to my camp right away, and others I can take and process for future implementation."  ~ Kevin Austin, Wagner College, Tom Sawyer Camps

"I had an amazing time - I took so much from this experience.  I would tell anyone interested in camp to go {to SCLA} because this weekend made up my mind of how much I would really love to do this as a profession."  ~Jorge Andrade Jr., California State Northridge, Salvation Army Kroc Center - San Diego 

"I made great connections and have been opened up to a whole new world of people that in the future will be there to help me along the way."  ~ Cassandra Turner, Graceland University, Girl Scouts Camp Scherman

We're Endorsed!

SCLA has Educational Endorsement! This means that the program has been successfully vetted according to recognized criteria and that YOU can get up to 15 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) by participating in the event. For documentation of the CECs that you’ve earned, go to:  Manage My CECs.

For more information about Educational Endorsement or to attend more events/online trainings that are educationally endorsed, visit:

Tentative Schedule: 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

4:00pm-5:00pm Arrival & Check-in
5:00pm-6:30pm Welcome & Introduction to SCLA
6:30pm-7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm-9:00pm The Power of Networking
9:00pm-10:00pm Group Presentations Brainstorming           

Monday, March 31, 2014

8:00am-8:45am Breakfast
9:00am-9:45am All About ACA
9:45am-11:15am Leadership & Management
11:15am-12:30pm Camp Business 101
12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm-2:45pm Building Community at Camp
3:00pm-4:30pm Weathering the Storm:  Crisis Management
4:30pm-5:30pm Camp Tour & History
5:30pm-6:15pm Dinner
6:30pm-8:00pm How to Get Hired as a Camp Professional
8:00pm-10:00pm Group Presentations Planning

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

8:00am-8:45am Breakfast                                                              
9:00am-10:30am Group Presentations Planning
10:30am-12:30pm Group Presentations
12:30pm-1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm-2:00pm Closing & Check-out