Location
Camp Sealth
Grade
11-12
Dates or Sessions
Session 1 (Required Training) + 3-4 Additional Sessions
Cost
$300 - $500

Dates & Rates

  1. LEAD Training Session 1July 1 – July 6
    Grade
    11-12
    $300

Please note: Since LEADs are minors, we require that they are under their legal guardian’s Ultracamp account. Please do not make your own account for a LEAD application unless you have never attended Camp Sealth before. Any accounts will be deleted and merged with a parent account.

Learn the challenges and rewards of being a Camp Sealth staff member through this volunteer, second year Teen Leadership program position. You’ll assist counselors, activity specialists, and support staff while learning about all aspects of the job. LEADs, standing for Lead, Engage, Act, and Discover, attend one week of training at the beginning of the summer and then volunteer for up to four additional sessions throughout the summer. As volunteers, LEADs are placed as assistant cabin leaders, activity leaders, and support staff. They are paired with summer staff and work with them throughout their weeks.  

Requirements

Camp Sealth LEADs must be entering grades 11 or 12 in fall 2024. Prior completion of the CIT/RSIT program is highly recommended but not required. In addition, we strongly recommend that LEAD applicants participate in Camp Fire’s school year Teen Programs or similar/comparable programs focusing on leadership and community service. 

What to Expect

After completing the training week, LEADs will then volunteer for three to four additional weeks throughout the summer. These weeks are coordinated in advance, and you may choose the weeks that you volunteer – they do not need to be consecutive. We can’t guarantee your first choice for volunteer sessions, but we will make every effort to work with your schedule. 

During the volunteer sessions, each week will be a little different. Generally, every LEAD spends one week as a Counselor LEAD (working with a cabin group), one week as a Specialist LEAD (leading activities), and one week as a Support LEAD (assisting in the kitchen, maintenance, store, health center, or other support role). LEADs are assigned to one staff member and will participate in all aspects of their job. LEADS are not the same as staff but rather second year Teen Leadership participants.  

Service Hours

Since the Camp Sealth LEAD is a volunteer position, you will earn service hours for your work at camp upon successful completion of the program. LEADs can earn up to 12 hours a day for volunteer weeks (not including the training week). 

LEAD Training Week

July 1-6, 2024

This required training week includes extensive leadership training to prepare LEADs for their time at Camp Sealth as well as in future leadership roles. LEADs will learn job readiness skills for working with children, time management, outdoor leadership, team building, and goal setting. Throughout it all, they will develop and hone their personal leadership skills. The training week also includes hands-on experience with all the classic camp activities Sealth has to offer! 

How to Apply

The application deadline is April 1st, 2024. However, we recommend applying as soon as possible, as available spots may fill before then.

To apply for the Camp Sealth LEAD Program:

  • Complete the online LEAD Application Form – click here to apply
  • Submit your answers to the Supplemental Questions – once completed, email them to aberti@campfireseattle.org
  • Have three reference forms completed by teachers, coaches, clergy, supervisors, or advisors – click here to send this to your reference
  • Complete an interview with a Camp Sealth staff member – you will be contacted to schedule your interview once your application has been received. The interview will most likely be with an ACD or Camp Director. Don’t worry, the interview process isn’t scary!

Notification of acceptance into the LEAD Program will take place when the application, interview, and all three references are complete.

Characteristics we look for:

  • Demonstrated experience with leadership and community service. 
  • Interest in personal growth and a willingness to accept feedback. 
  • Experience working with younger children. 
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team. 
  • Ability to lead with respect and empathy towards peers.  
  • Ability to live kindly in community with others.  
  • Ability to follow and uphold Sealth policies at all times.  
  • Ability to commit to the entire program. 
  • Willingness to learn. 

Criteria for Acceptance

The LEAD program fosters independence, leadership, and job skills in teens. All parts of the application must be completed by the teen applicant, not by their parents/guardians.  If we determine that an application has been completed by a parent, the applicant will not be accepted. We also highly recommend that the teen applicant, rather than the parent, communicate with camp staff during the application process.

Application for the LEAD program at Camp Sealth can be competitive. Pay close attention to the application requirements listed below. Applicants do not need to have been a previous participant at Camp Sealth or in Camp Fire programs, although previous completion of the CIT/RSIT program and/or participation in Camp Fire’s school-year Teen Programs will increase your chances of acceptance.