Young Leader Camp Program
Youth aged 13 and 14 are eligible to return to camp as a registered camper with a special role and emphasis on gaining gradual responsibilities that support camp life.
This older camper will be asked to help a clan and the older counselor of that clan. They also help out in the kitchen and the gardens and other tasks that help camp run smoothly. They may assist with activities such as crafts, archery and the music program and they may be asked to lead a game or campfire song. The young leader will have times to enjoy camp life with their other peers.
This program is an additional camper program we’ve added and follows the same registration as the 9 to 12 year old registration. It allows the older camper to return to camp and develop skills. If they enjoy this experience, they may want to apply for the Counselor Training Program, once they are 15.
The Counselor Training Program
The Counselor Training Program is a
great opportunity to learn about yourself, practice valuable leadership skills, and make a difference in the lives of younger children.
Our program gives you opportunities to practice leadership skills in an
environment where friendships blossom. These are skills that you can
really enjoy and feel proud of in addition to building confidence for yourself in the job
The training prepares you to work successfully as a member of a camp staff.
Staffing opportunities are available at Sahale's Summer Camp, as well as at other area camps.
You will receive up to 120 volunteer
community service hours for your work at Camp.
Room, food and learning materials for the week are provided for all camp counselors.
A certificate of completion of the
training, letters of recommendation and reference are also benefits to you.
Meet Camp Director Irene Perler
As a parent and teacher of children, an outdoor nature lover and someone trained
to help children to enjoy the wonders of nature, my desire is to know your concerns for your child’s growth and welfare. As you may remember from your own
youth, an event like this can make a great difference in a child’s life. You
will be provided with a questionnaire and I will be talking with you personally
about your child. I am supported by a diverse staff of adults who enjoy working with children. Our volunteers are professional artists, musicians, teachers, and family therapists. Support
staff will help with cooking and activities, such as archery and crafts.
Our work with children makes use of our remote and beautiful site where we swim
in our river and explore our valley and hills. We teach a variety of skills including: fire
building, shelter making, food gathering and meal preparation. The structure of
our village teaches respect for elders, and the basics of good communication
with each other. We teach peaceable ways. As you can tell by reading my message
to children, we have many guided activities: archery, swimming, hiking,
gardening, and artistic expression, including a variety of crafts. Children are
also taught skills of collaboration and leadership
Irene brings experience from her work as the
Three Cedars Waldorf School gardening teacher, Manager of the GEC Family Enrichment
Network, and a 17-year member of the Goodenough Community. She is also a parent
of two young adults, 23 and 25.