Staff Development Program

The SDP (Staff Development) Program is a four-year leadership program for high school students that focuses on character development and service. This program is for teens who want to learn the skills necessary to transition from camper to camp staff. SDPs learn about leadership, camp counseling techniques, including how to be a positive role model for the campers, and how to facilitate camp activities. SDPs who successfully complete the four levels of this program will have a skill set that will transfer to any career path.

There are three paths our SDPs can choose to take

Freshmen SDP's

First-time SDPs, typically campers entering 9th or 10th grade in the fall, are required to attend one of the Freshman SDP Training Weeks. During this week of camp, they will live with other first-time SDPs and will grow as leaders under the direction of the SDP Manager. Teenagers going into 9th or 10th grade are not required to have attended YCB before to join the program.

Training Week Dates:
Training Week 1: June 12-18 
“Time Machine Week”- We have done it! We created the world’s first time machine. This first full week of camp, YCB will be taken to all different centuries. Dinosaurs, Space Exploration, Ancient Egypt, Square Dances, and the Greek Gods are all present here at YCB this week. Come with us as we go Back to the Future! 

Training Week 2: July 17-23
“Survivor Week”- Outwit, and outplay the other cabins during Adventure Week 4! Take your camp experience to the next level as you and your cabin mates complete challenges in the quest to come out as the top “tribe” of our Survivor week!

Price: $625 Members, $675 Non Members

Sophmore SDP's

Come to camp for 1 ADVENTURE Camp week and live with the campers and counselors serving as a role-model for the cabin. Training intensifies becoming more program specific, as sophmore SDPs will be in charge of campers throughout the day. You will also have a daily meeting with the camp’s Leadership Staff in which you will talk about the process and learn new skills to help you become a better SDP.  Sophomores are also able to apply for the KIT program at this point.

Training Week Dates:

SDP Mini Week 1: June 8-11
“Sports Week”-This first week of Camp Benson is all about a camp favorite, sports and games. Gaga ball will be an option to play for campers every day. Evening programs will feel like Friday Night Lights. Every sport and/or game under the umbrella will be attempted this mini week, as well as our usual camp activities. Bring your game faces, this week will be a ball. 

SDP Adventure Week 1: June 12-18 
“Time Machine Week”- We have done it! We created the world’s first time machine. This first full week of camp, YCB will be taken to all different centuries. Dinosaurs, Space Exploration, Ancient Egypt, Square Dances, and the Greek Gods are all present here at YCB this week. Come with us as we go Back to the Future! 

SDP Adventure Week 2: June 19-25
“Fantasy Week”- Do you want to experience your favorite movie, show, video game screen free? Immersed in Hogwarts learning spells, fighting the evil empire with your own lightsaber, MAGIC THE GATHERING!!!! This week is for all the fellow Potterheads, Star Wars fanatics, Magic players, Minecraft explorers, Gamers. 

SDP Adventure Week 3: June 26-July 2
“Holiday Week”- Adventure Week 3 will be 5 days of holidays. 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and almost any other holiday you celebrate or can think of. All campers will be celebrating each day throughout the week. Campers will have a blast with our kid friendly haunted house or our St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

SDP Mini Week 2: July 6-9
“Mystery Week”- Something is afoot at Camp Benson. Mysterious beasts, new found magic, tasty potions. Embark on a 3-day quest with the leaders of YCB. There is much to be discovered and learned. Mysterious villains lurk around camp and it’s your job to sniff them out. We need the explorer’s help!

SDP Teen Week: July 10-16
“Campapalooza”-This Teen Week, Campers will get to experience music, dancing, all sorts of arts and crafts, flash mobs, evening activities, and a unique staff and camper show. This week is one of a kind unique, campers will have a blast with a soundtrack for every event. Campers will have a tailored immersive experience with all genres of music and show. Improvisation is encouraged this week! Campers may feel free to bring a creative approach.

SDP Adventure Week 4: July 17-23
“Survivor Week”- Outwit, and outplay the other cabins during Adventure Week 4! Take your camp experience to the next level as you and your cabin mates complete challenges in the quest to come out as the top “tribe” of our Survivor week!

SDP Adventure Week 5: July 24-30
“Shenanigans Week”- Shenanigans, Opposite Day, breakfast for dinner, Green Eggs and Ham. This week we will all be thrown for a loop. No bets are off, you and your cabin will compete to be the wackiest cabin on camp this week. This is our last week, so you better bring all your creativity. Counselors have a lot planned for this week, get ready to have fun.

Price: $525 Members, $575 Non Members

*Discount Applied by the Camp Director after registration.

 
Junior SDP's

Junior SDPs are eligible to participate as an SDP for 2 weeks. Juniors have increased responsibility, time with campers and expectations. Camp Benson is much more selective of who progresses to this level as we will seriously begin to talk about their role as future staff members at YMCA Camp Benson. Junior SPDs are also eligible to enroll in the PIT and KIT programs at this point.

Training Week Dates:

SDP Mini Week 1: June 8-11
“Sports Week”-This first week of Camp Benson is all about a camp favorite, sports and games. Gaga ball will be an option to play for campers every day. Evening programs will feel like Friday Night Lights. Every sport and/or game under the umbrella will be attempted this mini week, as well as our usual camp activities. Bring your game faces, this week will be a ball. 

SDP Adventure Week 1: June 12-18 
“Time Machine Week”- We have done it! We created the world’s first time machine. This first full week of camp, YCB will be taken to all different centuries. Dinosaurs, Space Exploration, Ancient Egypt, Square Dances, and the Greek Gods are all present here at YCB this week. Come with us as we go Back to the Future! 

SDP Adventure Week 2: June 19-25
“Fantasy Week”- Do you want to experience your favorite movie, show, video game screen free? Immersed in Hogwarts learning spells, fighting the evil empire with your own lightsaber, MAGIC THE GATHERING!!!! This week is for all the fellow Potterheads, Star Wars fanatics, Magic players, Minecraft explorers, Gamers. 

SDP Adventure Week 3: June 26-July 2
“Holiday Week”- Adventure Week 3 will be 5 days of holidays. 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and almost any other holiday you celebrate or can think of. All campers will be celebrating each day throughout the week. Campers will have a blast with our kid friendly haunted house or our St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

SDP Mini Week 2: July 6-9
“Mystery Week”- Something is afoot at Camp Benson. Mysterious beasts, new found magic, tasty potions. Embark on a 3-day quest with the leaders of YCB. There is much to be discovered and learned. Mysterious villains lurk around camp and it’s your job to sniff them out. We need the explorer’s help!

SDP Teen Week: July 10-16
“Campapalooza”-This Teen Week, Campers will get to experience music, dancing, all sorts of arts and crafts, flash mobs, evening activities, and a unique staff and camper show. This week is one of a kind unique, campers will have a blast with a soundtrack for every event. Campers will have a tailored immersive experience with all genres of music and show. Improvisation is encouraged this week! Campers may feel free to bring a creative approach.

SDP Adventure Week 4: July 17-23
“Survivor Week”- Outwit, and outplay the other cabins during Adventure Week 4! Take your camp experience to the next level as you and your cabin mates complete challenges in the quest to come out as the top “tribe” of our Survivor week!

SDP Adventure Week 5: July 24-30
“Shenanigans Week”- Shenanigans, Opposite Day, breakfast for dinner, Green Eggs and Ham. This week we will all be thrown for a loop. No bets are off, you and your cabin will compete to be the wackiest cabin on camp this week. This is our last week, so you better bring all your creativity. Counselors have a lot planned for this week, get ready to have fun.

Price: $425 Members, $475 Non Members

*Discount Applied by the Camp Director after registration.

 
Senior SDP's

Senior SDPs are allowed to come to camp for 3 weeks. Senior SDPs will experience top level responsibility including cabin responsibilities and leadership. Senior SDPs are the largest pool of potential staff members. All seniors are granted a formal staff interview in the winter. Senior SDPs are also eligible to enroll in the PIT and KIT programs at this point.

Training Week Dates:

SDP Mini Week 1: June 8-11
“Sports Week”-This first week of Camp Benson is all about a camp favorite, sports and games. Gaga ball will be an option to play for campers every day. Evening programs will feel like Friday Night Lights. Every sport and/or game under the umbrella will be attempted this mini week, as well as our usual camp activities. Bring your game faces, this week will be a ball. 

SDP Adventure Week 1: June 12-18 
“Time Machine Week”- We have done it! We created the world’s first time machine. This first full week of camp, YCB will be taken to all different centuries. Dinosaurs, Space Exploration, Ancient Egypt, Square Dances, and the Greek Gods are all present here at YCB this week. Come with us as we go Back to the Future! 

SDP Adventure Week 2: June 19-25
“Fantasy Week”- Do you want to experience your favorite movie, show, video game screen free? Immersed in Hogwarts learning spells, fighting the evil empire with your own lightsaber, MAGIC THE GATHERING!!!! This week is for all the fellow Potterheads, Star Wars fanatics, Magic players, Minecraft explorers, Gamers. 

SDP Adventure Week 3: June 26-July 2
“Holiday Week”- Adventure Week 3 will be 5 days of holidays. 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and almost any other holiday you celebrate or can think of. All campers will be celebrating each day throughout the week. Campers will have a blast with our kid friendly haunted house or our St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

SDP Mini Week 2: July 6-9
“Mystery Week”- Something is afoot at Camp Benson. Mysterious beasts, new found magic, tasty potions. Embark on a 3-day quest with the leaders of YCB. There is much to be discovered and learned. Mysterious villains lurk around camp and it’s your job to sniff them out. We need the explorer’s help!

SDP Teen Week: July 10-16
“Campapalooza”-This Teen Week, Campers will get to experience music, dancing, all sorts of arts and crafts, flash mobs, evening activities, and a unique staff and camper show. This week is one of a kind unique, campers will have a blast with a soundtrack for every event. Campers will have a tailored immersive experience with all genres of music and show. Improvisation is encouraged this week! Campers may feel free to bring a creative approach.

SDP Adventure Week 4: July 17-23
“Survivor Week”- Outwit, and outplay the other cabins during Adventure Week 4! Take your camp experience to the next level as you and your cabin mates complete challenges in the quest to come out as the top “tribe” of our Survivor week!

SDP Adventure Week 5: July 24-30
“Shenanigans Week”- Shenanigans, Opposite Day, breakfast for dinner, Green Eggs and Ham. This week we will all be thrown for a loop. No bets are off, you and your cabin will compete to be the wackiest cabin on camp this week. This is our last week, so you better bring all your creativity. Counselors have a lot planned for this week, get ready to have fun.

Price: $100 Members, $125 Non Members

*Discount Applied by the Camp Director after registration.

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