Leadership Development Program

For Campers Entering Grades 10–12

The LDP is our challenging outdoor leadership progression for youth entering grades 10-12. LDP instructors coach on group facilitation and leadership, teach technical outdoor skills, and ask participants to collaboratively make consequential decisions.

Participants may apply for a space in the LDP at any grade level without previous experience at Camp St. Croix. However, acceptance is competitive and limited space is available. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 1st, 2017. Space is not guaranteed for applications received after March 31.

Sessions & Fees

2017 information will be available in November.


Participation is competitive, and space is limited. Campers must apply. Applications are reviewed and interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2017, get your application in early. Priority application deadline March 31, 2017.


Mariners (Sailing/Climbing)

In 2016, our sailing and climbing LDP sessions will unite; participants will build skills in both areas and go on both sailing and climbing trips. On the water, participants hone skills on Optimists, 420s and J22s. After they master the basics they head out on incredible overnight sailing expeditions locally or to Lake Superior. They will also build climbing skills in camp before exploring the Upper Midwest’s best crags, including Devil’s Lake, Blue Mounds, or Shovel Point. The Mariner program is heavily instruction focused, meaning Mariners spend significant time coaching younger campers.

Explorers (Canoeing)

Croix’s Explorers master paddling and portaging skills in the upper reaches of the St. Croix watershed before heading out on multi-week paddling trips in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. More than anything else that St. Croix does the Explorer program teaches wilderness travel skills, the expeditions are not for the faint of heart.

Equestrians (Horses)

LDP Equestrians are the future leaders of our horse program. They gain skills in training, riding, and caring for horses and teach younger campers. They spend weekends at various training facilities and horse therapy centers in the St. Croix Valley. *Additional program fee required.

LDP International

Camp St. Croix partners with both YMCA Camp Brevik, just southwest of Stockholm, Sweden, and the YMCA of Spain. A natural extension of St. Croix’s international connections, these partnerships allow us to connect campers.