Camp Lionheart – Summer Camp For Teens

Create Lasting Memories at Our Unforgettable Summer Camp for Teens

Camp Lionheart is more than just a summer camp for teens; it’s also a journey of transformation and inspiration. Set amidst a serene natural backdrop, this week-long adventure is carefully designed to foster self-awareness and resilience. It fosters a sense of belonging among teens, which is most important. Activities are carefully chosen to encompass various facets of personal development, from nonviolent communication to self-forgiveness. Beyond simply fun and games, Camp Lionheart offers a nurturing space for self-reflection, personal growth, and the creation of meaningful bonds.

Our dedicated counselors and facilitators are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive environment, where every participant feels valued and empowered. Through a combination of interactive activities, group discussions, and reflective exercises, teens are encouraged to explore their own strengths and challenges. In doing so, they develop new skills, and build lasting relationships with their peers.

Embark on a memorable journey of self-discovery, skill development, and the formation of lifelong friendships. At Camp Lionheart, we believe in the potential of every teen to become a confident, compassionate, and courageous individual. Join us for an experience that will fuel your inner drive, foster a sense of community, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Camp Highlights

  1. Personal Development: Engage in activities designed to foster self-awareness, resilience, and self-forgiveness, encouraging teens to explore their own strengths and challenges.
  2. Skill Building: Develop valuable life skills such as nonviolent communication, teamwork, and leadership that will serve teens well beyond the camp experience.
  3. Meaningful Connections: Create lasting relationships with peers while engaging in group discussions, interactive activities, and shared experiences.
  4. Supportive Environment: Benefit from a nurturing and inclusive space, where every participant feels valued and empowered by our dedicated team of counselors and facilitators.
  5. Nature Immersion: Enjoy the tranquil natural backdrop of this teen summer camp, promoting a sense of peace and well-being, and offering a break from the digital world.
  6. Lasting Memories: Create memories that will last a lifetime through a combination of fun activities, self-reflection, and the formation of lifelong friendships.

Key Benefits

Diverse Peer Interaction

Camp Lionheart offers teens the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of peers from various backgrounds and cultures. This exposure broadens their horizons, fosters mutual respect, and helps them develop essential interpersonal skills.

Nature Immersion

Being situated in a scenic location, the camp provides teens with a chance to reconnect with nature. This immersion has therapeutic benefits, reducing stress and enhancing mental well-being.

Skill Development

Beyond the core curriculum, Camp Lionheart offers a range of activities that help teens acquire new skills, from outdoor survival techniques to creative arts, ensuring they leave with a richer skill set.

Independence and Responsibility

Living away from home, even for a short while, teaches teens to be more independent and responsible. Our unique summer camp for teens teaches them to manage their time, take care of their belongings, and make decisions, preparing them for future challenges.

July 21-27, 2024

What Makes this Summer Camp for Teens Different?

Emotional Development

During this unique camp experience at Camp Lionheart, campers will dive into activities that promote mindfulness, encouraging them to immerse themselves in the present moment and nurture a sense of tranquility. Through self-awareness exercises, participants will embark on a journey of self-discovery, understanding their core values, passions, and potential barriers, setting the stage for profound personal development. Goal-setting sessions will motivate campers to pinpoint their dreams and devise a comprehensive and actionable roadmap to realize them. Furthermore, Camp Lionheart emphasizes enhancing emotional intelligence, equipping teens with the skills to comprehend and regulate their emotions adeptly, and fostering a deeper empathy for the emotions of their peers.

Emotional Agility and Regulation

The camp emphasizes the importance of emotional agility, allowing teens to navigate their feelings without being overwhelmed by them. They are equipped with tools and techniques to regulate their emotions, ensuring they respond to situations in a balanced and healthy manner.

Self-Acceptance and Esteem as Foundations for Compassion

At Camp Lionheart, we firmly believe that true compassion and inclusivity stem from a place of self-acceptance and robust self-esteem. When teens learn to embrace and love themselves for who they are, they naturally extend that same acceptance and understanding to others. By fostering a strong sense of self-worth, our summer camp for teens empowers them to confidently show up in the world, not as individuals seeking validation, but as confident beings ready to offer love, understanding, and support. This self-assuredness and inner peace enable them to approach others without judgment, celebrating differences and promoting a culture of inclusivity. In a world that often emphasizes conformity, we at Camp Lionheart champion the idea that every individual, with their unique strengths, quirks, and experiences, brings immense value. By nurturing self-acceptance and self-esteem, we are not just building confident individuals but also shaping compassionate, inclusive, and loving humans ready to make a positive impact in their communities and the world at large.

Open Communication

At Camp Lionheart, we firmly believe that effective communication is the cornerstone of any strong relationship, including the one between teens and their parents. Recognizing the evolving dynamics of parent-teen relationships in today’s world, our camp has developed special sessions and activities aimed at bridging communication gaps. These sessions not only equip teens with the tools to express themselves openly and honestly but also provide insights into understanding and respecting the perspectives of their parents.

However, the learning doesn’t stop with the teens. We’ve observed that the impact of these communication tools is magnified when parents are also familiar with them. To this end, our flagship program, P3, was originally tailored specifically for parents. By attending these retreats, adults can gain firsthand experience of the communication techniques and strategies we teach their teens. This shared understanding and vocabulary can exponentially enhance the parent-teen relationship post-camp. Imagine a home where both the teen and the parent are equipped with effective communication tools, leading to deeper understanding, mutual respect, and a strengthened bond. That’s the environment we aim to cultivate through our comprehensive programs at Camp Lionheart.

Leadership and Personal Growth

Beyond merely addressing emotional well-being, Camp Lionheart provides a comprehensive platform for holistic development. The camp’s curriculum is designed to guide teens on a journey of self-discovery, where they not only understand themselves better but also recognize their potential and the impact they can make in the world. The leadership development modules are playful – while instilling essential leadership qualities, such as decision-making, team collaboration, and effective communication. These sessions aim to mold participants into proactive leaders who can inspire and influence with integrity. Furthermore, the camp emphasizes the importance of personal growth, encouraging teens to step out of their comfort zones, face challenges head-on, and learn from every experience. By the end of their time at Camp Lionheart, teens are not just well-rounded individuals but also compassionate leaders of tomorrow, fully equipped with emotional intelligence, resilience, and a deep sense of empathy, to become the leaders we need tomorrow.

Safe and Nurturing Environment

Camp Lionheart provides a safe and supportive environment where teens can explore, grow, and connect with like-minded peers. The scenic beauty of Kelly Park further enhances the experience, allowing participants to immerse themselves in nature while embarking on their personal journeys.

What to Expect

What’s Included

Accommodations & Meals

At Camp Lionheart, we understand the importance of a nourishing meal and a comfortable place to rest after a day filled with activities and learning. Our meals are thoughtfully curated to provide the right balance of nutrition, taste, and variety, ensuring that our campers are energized and ready for each day’s adventures. As for accommodations, safety and comfort are our top priorities. Teens are housed in well-maintained bunk rooms, organized by gender, ensuring a secure environment where they can relax and bond with their peers. These rooms are designed to foster camaraderie and provide a space where campers can share their experiences, reflect on their learnings, and build lasting friendships.

Transportation to Activities

Camp Lionheart believes in offering a seamless experience for our campers. While many of our activities are conducted within the camp premises, there might be occasions when we venture off-site to explore new environments or partake in special activities. In such cases, we ensure that transportation is organized efficiently and safely. Parents can rest assured that their teens are in good hands, and we maintain open communication, advising parents in advance of any off-site activities. This transparency ensures that parents are always in the loop and can feel confident about their teen’s whereabouts and safety.

What’s Not Included

Flights/Travel Arrangements

While Camp Lionheart provides an all-encompassing experience once the campers arrive, it’s important to note that flights or other travel arrangements to and from the camp are not included in our package. Parents are responsible for organizing their teen’s travel to ensure they arrive at the camp on the designated start date and depart on the concluding day. We recommend booking flights well in advance to secure the best rates and schedules. Our team is always available to provide any necessary information or guidance to assist in making these arrangements.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend that all campers have travel insurance for the duration of their stay at Camp Lionheart. While we take every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our campers, travel insurance provides an added layer of protection against unforeseen circumstances, such as travel delays, lost baggage, or medical emergencies. Please note that travel insurance is not included in the camp fees and must be arranged separately by parents or guardians. It’s a small investment that can offer peace of mind, ensuring that your teen’s adventure is as smooth and worry-free as possible.

Unable to Join Us This Time?

We understand that sometimes schedules don’t align, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the transformative experience we offer. We have a variety of retreats scheduled throughout the year, so you can find one that fits your calendar. Whether it’s the next Wayfinders Wilderness Retreat or any of our other unique retreat offerings, we have plenty of options for you to choose from. We look forward to welcoming you on a journey of self-discovery and growth at a time that works best for you!