Teen Leadership Retreat

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Grade: 9-12thAge: 9th-12th GradeLocation: Camp SealthDate(s): Jan 14-16, 2023

About the Retreat

The Teen Leadership Retreat is geared towards teens who want to learn more about leadership and to get involved in Camp Fire and Camp Sealth. The event is not limited to previous participants of Camp Fire programs; we encourage ALL interested teens to attend. Workshops will include individual leadership skills, classic camp activities, and a service project. Be sure to check out our other Teen Leadership throughout the year, based out of both Camp Sealth as well as the greater Seattle area!

What to Expect

Workshops: Fun and formative!

Most of the retreat consists of workshops; some are focused on leadership and service, and others are just for fun. A variety of offerings will include things like archery, crafts, hiking, car maintenance, yoga, leadership skills, team-building, goal-setting, and job skills.  There will also be opportunities to socialize and connect with other teens.  We’ll share more about our growing Teen Program, including other ways to get involved through leadership, volunteering, and more.  Those applying for a volunteer or paid staff position at Camp Sealth for summer 2023 will also have a chance for a face-to-face interview.

Fun Evening Programs

We’re sure you’ll have at least one chance to make a s’more, sing a camp song, play a game, and of course, visit with your new and old camp friends.

Homework Time

We know that teens are busy! Teens may choose to work on homework during designated times to help you to keep up with school work while getting the most out of the weekend.

Service Project

Join us on Monday, January 16 for a service project to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 2023, we volunteered through the United Way of King County. Our volunteer project will focused on environmental stewardship with a Seattle area organization.

COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines

Per Washington State guidelines, all participants and staff must either:

  • Be fully vaccinated when the event begins, OR
  • Show proof of a negative COVID-19 test

All of our staff, and all participants aged 12 and older, are highly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. More vaccines may mean fewer restrictions at our events. For many reasons, we will not require a vaccine, but getting vaccinated is the best thing you can do to support a safe and healthy event. Participants who are fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks after the final dose) will not need to get a COVID test before arriving at camp. Bring proof of vaccination on arrival to the event.

Each participant who is not fully vaccinated must take a COVID test no more than 3 days before the start of the event. Families are responsible for getting participants tested; there are many free sites for COVID testing. State guidelines do not specify what kind of test, although we do recommend a PCR test if possible. Provide written proof of the negative COVID test on arrival at camp.

Lodging & Meals

Everyone will stay in heated cabins in the main camp area. Meals and snacks are provided throughout the weekend (lunch Saturday through breakfast/lunch Monday). Please note on the registration form if you have any special dietary needs.


The retreat will be held at Camp Sealth, located on Vashon Island. Driving directions are available on our website. Van transportation is available to Camp Sealth on Saturday through registration. Carpooling is highly encouraged, and we’ll provide contact information before the event to connect with other participants. Teens may drive themselves with parent permission.  We’ll provide the exact time and location for pick-up one week before the event. Return transportation is provided on Monday! Participants will take a bus to the project site, and may be picked up from there. We’ll provide the exact time and location for pick-up one week before the event.


The retreat is fully staffed by experienced Camp Sealth year-round and summer staff, many of whom have worked with teen leaders in our year-round and summer programs. Teens will be chaperoned throughout the weekend, and rules and standards of behavior are the same as during summer camp.

What to Pack

Make sure to pack weather-appropriate clothes. A hat and rain jacket are recommended for outdoor activities. Bring a warm sleeping bag and any toiletries that you need. A notebook and pen/pencil are also recommended for workshops. You may bring your cell phone, but it will be collected and kept by camp staff during the retreat (returned Sunday afternoon).

Financial Aid

To apply for Financial Aid, register online, and choose the “Financial Aid” option during the registration process. You’ll be prompted to complete the Campership Application form.


For questions about the retreat program, transportation, service project, or anything else, contact Avari AvariT@campfireseattle.org.