Camper Leader Program (9th-10th Graders)

Leadership ProgramBDC’s Camper Leader Program is a unique summer opportunity for our oldest campers (rising 9th and 10th graders). Camper Leaders (CLs) are expected to be self reflective and to work as part of a team while identifying and taking responsibility for pursuing excellence in areas of interest at camp. CLs at BDC learn that with freedom comes responsibility. All participants build skills and confidence in becoming a competent leader in an adult workforce while gaining job and life skills.


The goals for Camper Leader participants are to:

  • Challenge oneself physically, mentally, and creatively in activity areas offered at Brewster Day Camp.
  • Learn effective communication, leadership, and team problem-solving skills.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of appropriate child development teaching strategies when working with young children.


Camper Leader Application Process:

The Camper Leader Program Application is completed by both parent/guardian and the CL, and is accompanied by the non-refundable Processing Fee. Upon review of the submitted material, the applicant may be contacted for a telephone or in-person interview.

All Camper Leader applicants, first-year and returning, must complete the entire Camper Leader Application including the Written Interview.

Camper Leader Written Interview:

This portion of the application process MUST be completed by the applying CAMPER LEADER with limited to no adult assistance. The purpose of the written interview is to:

  • Provide an opportunity for the camper to introduce themselves to the CL Director;
  • Encourage the camper to review his/her strengths and weaknesses and consider how these attributes factor into the camper’s performance in this program;
  • Simulate other written application processes such as college or other job applications;
  • Allow the camper to outline personal goals for the summer and begin to define strategies to accomplish their goals at BDC.


Leaders in training


Camper Leader applicants must be: 

  • A rising 9th or 10th grader (or international equivalent) in school for the upcoming fall;
  • Familiar with the routines and expectations of BDC or through other past camp and/or work experience with children; 
  • Able to demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively, set and achieve personal goals, demonstrate positive and effective leadership among peers and young children, be self-reflective, and act as a positive role model;
  • Able to document current abilities in activity areas through past experience, portfolios, certificates, and by formal recommendation or interview upon request.


Camper Leader Daily Schedule



All participants are still considered “campers” and are assigned to the full-time Camper Leader Director – an experienced BDC staff member (often a professional teacher) accomplished in leadership training and experienced in working with high schoolers. In assigned activity areas, CLs are under the direct supervision of the Camper Leader Director.  Participants meet with the CL Director on the first day of camp for orientation, to determine personal goals, group goals and to go over the expectations in place for all CLs. During lunches, the CLs are encouraged to take part in roundtable discussions on current events and themes in camp and the world, moderated by the CL Director. Guest speakers may also be invited to join the CLs for lunch. At the close of the experience, CLs complete a Self Evaluation and meet with the CL Director individually. The CL Director will also complete a final evaluation for each CL and will review that evaluation with the CL on his/her last day. Parents are invited to request feedback and share insights regularly, with the CL Director. The camp office assists parents in connecting with the CL Director, by phone, email, or in-person meeting. 


A limited number of CLs are accepted to the BDC CL Program each summer. Applicants are accepted on the basis of submitted material, past experience, program availability, and in some instances at the camp director request, a personal interview. Please contact our office by telephone (888) 396-CAMP(2267), or email with further questions.

Camper Leader Program Rates (Grades 9-10):

Enrollment Fee: $75
Weekly: $749
Holiday Week (Week 1: July 5-8): $649
Full Summer:$5,143

The enrollment fee will be processed at the time of initial application. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the Camper Leadership Program. Upon acceptance into the program, half of the tuition is due, the remaining balance is due by May 1st.

CLP Community Service Credit

Many high schools require Community Service Hours as a minimum requirement for graduation. BDC is pleased to support these requirements by providing written documentation regarding a CL’s volunteer work with young children at camp. If you are interested in CL Community Service Credit, please contact the camp office for proper documentation of your participant hours. We are also happy to work with a school’s specific documentation needs. Please let us know how we can help, and provide us with your school’s forms or contact info for the appropriate person at your school. Community service documentation may be requested at any time throughout the summer and off-season, by contacting the Camp Office, once hours are completed by the CL participant.