Teen Leadership Retreat

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Grade: 9-12thAge: 9th-12th GradeLocation: Camp SealthDate(s): January 15-17Cost: 175Register Now for Teen Leadership Retreat

About the Retreat

The Teen Leadership Retreat takes place every year in January 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 an optional half-day service project in Seattle. 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

More than 10 Leadership Workshops to Choose From

Workshop options include resume and interview skills, hands-on leadership opportunities through challenge initiatives, conflict and communication strategies, stress coping techniques, time management and planning strategies, environmental stewardship and sustainability leadership, and more.

Your Favorite Summer Camp Activities

Sign up for arts and crafts, archery, hiking, plant identification, games, disc golf, and more.

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.

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 Monday, plus a sack lunch for service project participants). 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. Bus 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. Return transportation is provided only for those attending the Monday service project; participants will take a bus to the project site at Pigeon Point Park, and may be picked up 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, especially if participating in the Monday service project. Hat, gloves, 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 Monday morning).

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 Alex Kirschner at (206) 826 8919 or alexk@campfireseattle.org.