Programs & Activities

Leadership Training Program

An Eight Week Program for Campers Entering 10th Grade

Spring Lake Day Camp’s outstanding Leadership Training Program is for boys and girls entering 10th grade as of September. This popular program has consistently been successful, giving each LTP the unique dual opportunity to train to become a part of our staff while enjoying the social, physical and developmental components of the program as a camper.

Our combination work-camp-trip program enhances the camper’s summer by exposing them to every aspect of camping life. LTP trainees generally work for part of the day in a group of campers and spend the remainder of the day following their own program with their supervisor. Through hands-on experience and guidance from staff and supervisors, the LTPs become better prepared for any future work with children, in and out of a camp setting.

We believe this program will cultivate leadership skills and enable LTP graduates to assume the responsibilities of a staff member the following summer. Spring Lake is dedicated to building a committed staff from within its camper population. When our LTPs are hired as a member of our SLDC team, they are expected to exemplify several core values — enthusiasm; a strong sense of responsibility; initiative; professionalism; and respect for the camp, its rules and regulations, campers, and administration.

Each LTP is evaluated throughout the summer by the program’s supervisor and administrators. Only those LTPs who have successfully completed our LTP program are eligible to join our SLDC staff the following summer. We look forward to our LTPs making a positive difference in our campers’ lives.

LTP Trainees Will Be Instructed How To:

  • Work with children of different ages
  • Work at becoming proficient in a specialty area
  • Develop leadership skills and cooperative skills

LTP Qualifications:

  • Must enroll for a minimum of 6 weeks of the 8 week full summer session
  • Must be entering 10th grade as of September

Tuition: Our innovative LTP program has a significantly reduced rate of the full (8 week) camper tuition.

In addition, campers receive compensation provided they successfully complete the entire 8 week Leadership Training Program.

Tuition Includes: Camp shirt, snack, daily hot lunch, camp photos and door-to-door air-conditioned transportation to and from camp.

Optional Adventure Travel Program: Some of our travel adventures have included amusement and water parks, baseball games and overnights. There is an additional charge per trip.


  • To work directly with the adult counselors and specialists
  • To follow the guidelines of the program supervisor
  • To be sensitive and understanding
  • To work cooperatively and respect all campers and staff
  • To become a qualified Spring Lake staff member

Application Process:

Each applicant must initially have an online CAMPER application submitted on their behalf by a parent/guardian. Enrollment is limited and includes a secondary application process with the completion of short answer questions and three references, as well as an interview for those who are new to Spring Lake Day Camp. Click here to log in to our CampInTouch program in order to complete your child’s camper application.