Leadership Development Program

The "LDP" is our challenging outdoor leadership progression for teens. 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 Explorers, Equestrians, or Mariners without previous experience at Camp St. Croix. Once those courses have been completed, a participant may be invited to take part in Advanced Explorers, Advanced Equestrians, and Advanced Mariners.

Sessions & Fees

Summer 2019 information will be available soon.


Acceptance is competitive and limited space is available. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2019. Space is not guaranteed for applications received after March 31, 2019. As with all Camp St. Croix programs, financial assistance is available.


Mariners (Sailing/Climbing)
In partnership with Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures, Amicus Adventures and Sail Pepin.

Mariners develop their abilities in both climbing and sailing. On the water, participants hone skills on Optimists, 420s and J22s. After they master the basics they head out on incredible sailing expeditions on Lake Pepin and Lake Superior. They will also build climbing skills in camp before exploring the Upper Midwest’s best crags including Devil’s Lake and Shovel Point. The Mariner program is heavily instruction focused, meaning Mariners spend significant time coaching younger campers.

Explorers (Canoeing)
In partnership with YMCA Camp Menogyn

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

Equestrians (Horses)
In partnership with Pine Lake Pastures and Changing Gaits Equine Therapy.

Equestrians are the future leaders of our horse program. They gain skills in training, riding, and caring for horses and work with our staff wranglers to teach skills to younger campers. They spend weekends at various training and equine therapy centers in the St. Croix Valley.

World Camp - July 7 - August 4
A global center of excellence.

For years Camp St. Croix has welcomed both expatriate and foreign national boys and girls (age 10 - 17) from around the world for a month of classic American summer camp. With cultural immersion elements like American family homestays and field trips (yes, we will go to the Mall of America) the month is absolutely a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Contact Camp Director John Bussey for more information.