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Camp LEAD - Leadership | Empowerment | Advocacy | Development

Camp LEAD is a week long, immersive leadership camp that employs and empowers youth with disabilities. Campers develop self-advocacy and social skills while gaining work experience and career exposure in the natural resources industry. This camp is made possible through our partnership with Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services (OVRS) and Oregon State Parks, with support from the US Forest Service and Oregon Department of Education.

COVID-19 Update: Thank you for your interest in Camp LEAD. We regret to inform you that due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, all sessions of Camp LEAD are cancelled for 2020. Heart of Oregon Corps is currently exploring options to possibly offer a remote learning program in the late summer or fall that captures some of the magic of LEAD.  Please expect an announcement about possible remote programming opportunities in mid-July, which will be sent to all applicants and referral partners. Thank you for all the effort you have put in to applying and preparing for this summer.

Camp Information

  • Young people ages 16-22 may apply.
  • Applicants should be able to complete light physical labor for approximately 6 hours per day with some accommodations.
  • Camping gear is provided.
  • Every youth gets their OWN tent.
  • The campsites are structured to protect everyone's privacy.
  • Bathroom facilities are available at camp sites (toilets, showers, sinks). Sometimes, youth will have to use porta-potties.
  • All meals are provided.
  • Camp LEAD doesn't cost anything to attend. This is a job training experience and youth are paid $12/hour!
  • Each group of youth will be supervised by at least 3 counselors and the Head Counselor.
  • Youth will be working approximately 21 hours over the course of the week on projects around the park (light trail maintenance, tree trimming/fire fuels reduction, facilities maintenance, painting, etc.).
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