Why Follow When You Can Lead?

The Camp Horizons Leadership Camp is a 4-week camp program designed to provide leadership training to rising high school seniors (or the equivalent for international campers). Leadership Camp provides intensive training in a variety of leadership skills relative to an array of educational and professional pursuits, and it also equips potential Camp Horizons’ counselors with the skill set they need to be successful camp leaders. Leadership Campers are asked to assist camp staff in leading camp activities and to eventually take responsibility for designing and implementing a camp activity under the supervision of camp staff. Leadership Campers are selected through a competitive application process [Leadership Program Application] and are expected to carry themselves with a high-level of maturity throughout the program.

The primary purpose of the Leadership Program is to develop leaders. TAKE THE LEAD.

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Interview with our Associate Director of Leadership Camp

Harriet Flynn earned her degree in Parks and Outdoor Recreation from George Mason University, and has been working in the industry for the past 7 years.

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Training Areas

  • Camp Horizons’ Philosophy
  • Camp Horizons’ Policies and Procedures
  • Teaching and Supervision Skills
  • Developmental Characteristics of Campers
  • Goal Setting
  • Communication
  • Teamwork and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Program Planning
  • Time Management
  • FUN!
  • And much more…


To apply for the Leadership Program, please submit a completed Leadership Program Application. Applications are due by Friday, January 19th. Once completed, please submit your application to camp@horizonsva.com, Attn: LC Coordinator, for consideration.

Applications will be reviewed and all applicants notified the first week of February. Please note that there are limited spots in the Leadership Program.

Upon acceptance, you will need to complete the registration form and complete payment prior to June 1st. Please feel free to contact us at 540.896.7600 with any questions you may have.

We will follow the typical camp schedule (including free swim time) with the addition of a few offsite trips and different focuses each week.

Week one:

  • Team building
  • Leadership lessons about being a role model, camp policies, and why each LC wants to be here
  • Three day, two nigh backpacking trip


Week two:

  • Leadership lessons on styles of leadership
  • Service project with Habitat for Humanity
  • Learning about each of the departments and how to teach lessons to different age groups
Week three:

  • Leadership lessons about how to be a leader
  • One nigh two day canoe trip
  • Shadowing and co-teaching activities in a department of the LC’s choice
  • Leading the all-camp mid-session campfire

Week four:

  • Leadership lessons on public speaking and executing leading large scale activities
  • Final speeches to camp directors and other full time staff members about what they are taking away from camp
  • Co-teaching/ teaching activities in a department of the LC’s choice
  • Host the all-camp talent show