Bend Headquarters



Leadership | Empowerment | Advocacy | Development

LEAD is a week-long camp experience where young people experiencing disabilities explore outdoor-related jobs during the day, getting paid to work with outdoor professionals, and then have summer camp afternoons and evenings. Campers cook meals together, set up their own sleeping quarters and tents, and participate in Camp LEAD games and curriculum. 2024 will be the 9th year of this life-changing opportunity to refine skills, set goals, have a ton of fun, learn employment skills, and build camaraderie.




Camp Tamarack, Oregon (15 miles west of Sisters, Oregon)



2024 Camp Dates

Week One: Monday July 8th- Friday July 12th 

Week Two: Monday July 15th- Friday July 19th

Week Three: Monday July 22nd- Friday July 26th

Application Deadline

Applications for 2024 are closed as of June 17th, 2024

Additional Camp Information

  • A t-shirt, work-shirt, personal protective equipment (PPE), and all tools, camping equipment, and food are provided!
  • Each group of up to 10 youth will be supervised by at least 4 counselors.
  • Bathroom facilities are available at the camp site (porta-potties)
  • Youth will be working 21 hours over the course of the week on projects including light trail maintenance, tree trimming/fire fuels reduction, facilities maintenance, painting, etc.
  • Participants will work on projects, learn job skills, and participate in LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, Development) curriculum and team-building.
  • Applicants should be able to complete light physical labor for approximately 6 hours per day with some accommodations.
  • Campers will need to be dropped off and picked up from the camping area near Suttle Lake.
  • We will again be offering the COYCC bridge program for up to 8 LEAD participants: youth interested in the program can work M-Th for an additional 3 weeks with COYCC crews (see COYCC description under our apply for a program page) starting the week of August 1.