Leadership Camp Counselor

June 3 – 12, 2024
For entering high school sophomores to seniors and college students

Leadership Camp is an action-packed, one-week overnight summer camp for entering 6th – 8th grade boys. Drawing upon over 30 years of experience, the camp aims to help boys develop the skills and virtues necessary to be a leader. In order to achieve this goal, the staff is crucial. Leadership Camp is looking for counselors who stand out in maturity, industriousness, spirit of service, and desire to grow in personal character.

Counselors spend a week in the summer serving a group of campers. Leadership Camp rests on the idea that one cannot give what one does not have. Therefore, both during the preparatory workshop and the camp itself, counselors receive training in their job and advice and encouragement about how to develop their own character. Additionally, spiritual activities – such as daily Holy Mass, the Rosary, and times of prayer – are offered for those interested.

Becoming a staff member is a selective process. Those interested in applying should send in the application and additional materials, which are explained below.

Positions Available

  • Senior Counselors: Responsible for a team of about 10 campers and 2 junior counselors. Must be entering college or in college.
  • Junior Counselors: Assistant to a Senior Counselor on a team of about 10 campers. Must be entering high school junior or senior; if space is available, some entering sophomores may be accepted.
  • Minutemen: Responsible for all logistics and material set-up during the camp. Must be entering high school junior or senior; if space is available, some entering sophomores may be accepted.

There is no cost for being a camp counselor, although counselors should bring some pocket money to pay for their lunch and to help pay for gas (usually $20) traveling to and from the camp.

For additional information about the camp, click here.

Application Information

Applications received by March 2, 2024 will be given priority. Notification of acceptances will be sent out in April.  Applications will not be considered complete until the following items are received.

  • Medical release form. Click here to download the form.
  • Background check authorization form (for those who will be 18 or older during the camp). Click here to download the form.

Mail the forms to:

5815 N. Cicero Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646

Click here for a packing list.

Dates & Location

Counselors will be at the camp from June 3 – 12, 2024.  The first days, June 3 – 5, consist in a mandatory preparatory workshop, held at the campground.  The camp itself runs from June 6 – 12.

The camp is held at the Franklin L. Cary Boy Scout Camp, located 5 miles east of Lafayette, Indiana. The grounds cover 118 acres of hills, woods, and wildlife. The facilities include a dining hall, cabins, campgrounds, sports fields, an archery range, a swimming pool, nature trails and an outdoor amphitheater.

Cary Camp
6286 State Road 26 East
Lafayette, IN 47905

Leadership Camp helps coordinate and provide transportation for counselors to the camp from Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis.

The Sponsor

Leadership Camp is sponsored by Youth Service International and directed by Sauganash staff.  YSI organizes and directs activities for students from around the country.

Through its programs, YSI provides a forum whereby each student is challenged to grow in virtues such as generosity, nobility, hard work, friendship, and solidarity.

The Christian orientation of all YSI programs is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church.

For More Information

Thomas Boles
(310) 954-7784