• THE CAMP
  • 2017 DATES
  • Classes
  • Cost & Payment
  • Location & Transportation
  • Registration
  • Be a Counselor
  • Guidelines & Packing List
  • Photos from Camp

What is the Leadership Camp? 

The Leadership Camp is an action-packed, one-week overnight summer camp for entering 6th – 8th grade boys. Drawing upon over 30 years of experience, the camp aims to help boys develop the skills and virtues necessary to be a leader.

The Program 

Each boy is placed on a team with 9 – 10 other campers with whom he shares a cabin or tent, attends activities, and competes for prizes. Every morning campers attend a talk on a specific virtue, as well as classes on topics such as journalism, drama, Civil War, or rocketry. In the afternoons, boys compete in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and dodgeball, followed by a refreshing swim. Other activities such as canoeing, archery, and mini-Olympics are offered on different days. In the evenings, there are night-games such as Fox Hunt and Capture the Flag, not to mention a Treasure Hunt and Talent Show. Spiritual activities, such as daily Holy Mass, the Rosary, and confession, are offered.

Throughout the week, the counselors of each team help the boys to apply principles of leadership and lessons from the virtue talks to concrete situations during the camp. Most importantly, the staff speak individually with each camper to help him grow in self-knowledge and to formulate resolutions for growing in character after the camp.

The Staff

The camp staff has been carefully selected and trained to be outstanding leaders and role models. They share the ideals of the Leadership Camp and are dedicated to the personal growth of each camper. The staff includes experienced adults plus college and high school staff who are chosen for their maturity and experience. The camper-staff ratio is 4 to 1.

For more information

If you have any questions, please email  info.midwestcamp@ysi.org or call 601-301-CAMP (601-301-2267).

Dates 

June 11 – 17, 2017

Campers should arrive at the camp on Sunday June 11 between 3:30 – 5:00 pm (EDT). They should depart from the camp on Saturday June 17 between 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EDT).

classClasses

Campers normally take 2 classes at the camp.  The class options will be finalized in the springtime.  Once you register for the camp, we will contact you and give you an opportunity to choose your classes.

Classes offered in recent years have been:

2016: History of Battle of Kahlenberg (Holy Roman Empire vs. Ottoman Empire), Journalism (Cary Chronicle), Public Speaking, and Basic Engineering Design.

2015: History of the Persian Wars (Greece vs. Persia), Journalism (Cary Chronicle), Public Speaking, and Basic Engineering Design.

2014:  History of the Second Punic War (Rome vs. Carthage), Journalism (Cary Chronicle), Public Speaking, and Basic Engineering Design.

2013:  History of the Peloponnesian War (Athens vs. Sparta), Journalism (Cary Chronicle), Public Speaking, and Robotics.

2012:  History of the American Revolutionary War, Journalism (Cary Chronicle), and Public Speaking.

Cost & Payment

The cost of the camp is $475.

A deposit of $100 is due at the time of registration. This deposit will apply toward the cost of the camp.

Payments should be made online by clicking on the “Payment” tab above.

Full payment is due by May 26, 2017.

Location

The camp is held at the Franklin L. Cary Boy Scout Camp, located 5 miles east of Lafayette, Indiana. The grounds cover 118 acres of hills, woods, and wildlife. The facilities include a dining hall, cabins, campgrounds, sports fields, an archery range, a swimming pool, nature trails and an outdoor amphitheater.

Cary Camp
6286 State Road 26 East
Lafayette, IN 47905

Directions

Click here to go to the camp location on Google Maps in a new window.

Transportation

Parents should make transportation plans for their son to go to and from the Leadership Camp.  Campers should arrive at the camp on Sunday June 11, 2017 between 3:30 – 5:00 pm (EDT).  They should depart from the camp on Saturday June 17, 2017 between 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (EDT).

We would like to help parents coordinate transportation to and from the camp with other parents in their area.  To do this, we find the best approach is to share the mailing address and home phone number of registered families with each other.  On the camper registration form, you will have an opportunity to mark whether or not you would like your contact info to be shared and whether you would like to receive that of others.  For those who mark yes, we will send you this contact information as the camp approaches.

Registration Information

Click here for the 2017 Camper Registration Form

Items to be sent at time of registration:

-$100 deposit (payments online are preferred)

-Medical release form. Click here to download the form.

Registrations will not be considered complete until these items are received.

Mail the medical release form plus any checks to YSI, 5815 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL 60646.

Space is limited: first-come, first-served.

For more information

If you have any questions, please email info.midwestcamp@ysi.org or call 601-301-CAMP (601-301-2267).

Being a Counselor at the Leadership Camp

The Leadership Camp is an action-packed, one-week overnight summer camp for entering 6th – 8th grade boys. Drawing upon over 30 years of experience, the camp aims to help boys develop the skills and virtues necessary to be a leader. In order to achieve this goal, the staff is crucial. The Leadership Camp is looking for counselors who stand out in maturity, industriousness, spirit of service, and desire to grow in personal character.

Counselors spend a week in the summer serving a group of campers. The Leadership Camp rests on the idea that one cannot give what one does not have. Therefore, both during the preparatory workshop and the camp itself, counselors receive training in their job and advice and encouragement about how to develop their own character. Additionally, spiritual activities – such as daily Holy Mass, the Rosary, and times of prayer – are offered for those interested.

Becoming a staff member is a selective process. Those interested in applying should send in the application and additional materials, which are explained below.

Location

The camp is held at the Franklin L. Cary Boy Scout Camp, located 5 miles east of Lafayette, Indiana. The grounds cover 118 acres of hills, woods, and wildlife. The facilities include a dining hall, cabins, campgrounds, sports fields, an archery range, a swimming pool, nature trails and an amphitheater.

The Leadership Camp helps coordinate and provide transportation for counselors to the camp from Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.

Positions Available

  • Head Counselors: Responsible for a team of 9-10 campers and 2 junior counselors. Must be entering college or in college.
  • Junior Counselors: Assistant to a Head Counselor on a team of 9-10 campers. Must be entering high school junior or senior; some entering sophomores will be accepted.
  • Minutemen: Responsible for all logistics and material set-up during the camp. Must be entering high school junior or senior; some entering sophomores will be accepted.

Dates

June 8 – 17, 2017

  • The first days, June 8 – 10 , consist in a mandatory preparatory workshop, held at the campground.
  • The camp itself runs from June 11 – 17.
  • Counselors will need to stay at the campground until the end of the day on June 17 in order to clean up from the camp.

Cost

None, except that all staff must pay $20 for gas and should pay for their lunch while traveling to and from the camp.

Guidelines and Packing List

Click here to download the Guidelines and Packing List

Application information

Click here for the 2017 Counselor Application

The application form includes two short-answer essays.

Items to be sent at the time of application:

Applications will not be considered complete until these two forms are received.

Mail all items to: Leadership Camp, 5815 N. Cicero Ave., Chicago, IL 60646.

Applications received by April 15, 2017 will be given priority. Notification of acceptances will be mailed out beginning May 1, 2017.

For more information

If you have any questions, please email info.midwestcamp@ysi.org or call 601-301-CAMP (601-301-2267).