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: July 18-24, July 25-31

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.

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.

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.

Price: $100 Members, $125 Non Members

*Discount Applied by the Camp Director after registration.