Leadership Development Program

For Campers Ages 14-17

The LDP is our challenging outdoor leadership progression for youth ages 14-17. 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

Mariners, Explorers
Ages 14-16 | $1,300
July 23-August 4

Ages 14-16 | Girls Only | $1,450
July 23-August 4

Advanced Mariners, Advanced Explorers
Ages 15-17 | $2,600
July 9-August 4

Advanced Equestrians
Ages 15-17 | Girls Only | $2,750
July 9-August 4


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 partnership with Vertical Endeavors Guided Adventures, Amicus Adventures and Sail Pepin.

Mariners develop skills 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 multi week 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
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.

In 2017 World Camp will take place from July 8 - August 5. Contact Camp Director John Bussey (john.bussey@ymcamn.org) for more information.