Youth Learn by Doing
White Stag Camp is an intensive, challenging, week-long summer camp that challenges youth to learn and apply leadership skills. We use the outdoors—hiking, camping, cooking, climbing, swimming, rowing—because youth learn best when they’re doing, not sitting. Youth who attend White Stag camp enjoy a fun camp in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains. They learn more because they’re having a good time!
White Stag Camp Phases
Depending on your age, maturity, readiness to learn, experience, physical ability, and grade level, you can choose from three White Stag programs.
Camp is about learning, not teaching
When you get trained, you know there is a time and day when it will end. Training is the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and competencies as a result of the teaching of vocational or practical skills. You look forward to acquiring a specific skill. You expect to get a certificate. Read about why learning is more important than teaching.
The “aha” moment
Everyone can remember a time when you made a personal break-through, had a sudden, heightened insight or understanding, an epiphany that instantly moved you forward in a quantum leap. And if you think about that moment, you’ll remember that it likely occurred because you had been under a lot of pressure. You were stressed and probably anxious about whether you would be able to complete the task before you. White Stag Camp is about “aha” moments.
A winning attitude
At White Stag Camp, no one knows your background or history. Even if you come to camp with friends, you’re purposefully put in separate groups. You have the gift of being among strangers who do not prejudge you in any way. Any assumptions others have developed about you based on your past are forgotten. Find out why failure is part of success.
White Stag Camp spirit and traditions
When you’re at White Stag camp, you’t can’t eat a meal without a yell, a song, and a cheer. No campfire can start without competing cheers, or finish without a closing song or two. No White Stag camp is complete without a opening campfire and a closing campfire. Every candidate attends a candidate neckerchief ceremony and a graduate neckerchief ceremony.
White Stag camp is incomplete with the White Stag legend. Phase 1 uses patrol names derived from local birds; Phase 1 patrol names are extracted from the White Stag legend; and Phase 3 patrol names are based on trees found in the area. Every phase has a unique neckerchief. Learn more about traditions at White Stag Camp.
We develop servant leaders
At White Stag Camp, we help youth develop the innate skills they possess. We don’t train youth how to lead, we develop their capacity and competency to serve. Find out why White Stag develops servant leadership.