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Youth Leader Program

A Youth Leader poses happily for a photo with some young campers in beautiful Bidwell Park, next to the creek.

Youth Leader Program

The Youth Leader (YL) program is a work training opportunity for teens to develop leadership and communication skills while serving as positive role models for young campers. YL’s must have a desire to actively participate in the program in order for their experience to be successful. Under the supervision and direction of experienced staff members, YLs learn how to assist with activities and interact with campers, as well as perform general duties involved in the operation of summer camps.  YLs can choose from a variety of camp options and can register for multiple weeks. YLs must attend an orientation, interview and specific camp trainings, will receive a camp shirt, the YL handbook and a certificate of participation.

 Seeking current 7th-10th graders

  • Possess a positive attitude and cooperative spirit
  • Are proactive and take initiative
  • Have a genuine interest in working with children and developing leadership skills
  • Going into 8th-11th grades in Fall 2024                        

Program Fees

Youth Leader Registration: $200  

*Registration fees will be collected once a participant has been accepted into the program. Fees will NOT be refunded if you cancel the program based on a change in your summer plans.  Please select the weeks you can commit to carefully.

Summer Camp Options

Youth leaders can choose from a variety of camp programs such as Youth Sports camps, camp Chi-Da-Ca, camp Chico Creek, or Summertime Delight camp.  Youth leaders must commit to a minimum of 2 weeks at camps and can work for a maximum of 5 weeks, based on availability and camp enrollment. Camp selection is on a first-come, first-served basis.

**Desired camp placement is based on availability and will be determined by the program coordinator.

For any Youth Leader questions please contact Hayden at

Apply Here

APPLY HERE for the Youth Leader Program!

Weekly Camp Dates

Weekly Camp Dates 
June 17th-21st24th-28th
July 1st-3rd8th-12th15th-19th22nd-26th29th-2nd

How to Apply

  • A link to complete an application will be available on our website starting April 1st
  • Applications will be due by Wednesday April 30th, 2024
  • Registration fees will be collected after participant is accepted into the program