Student Leadership Programs

We believe leadership is something that can be learned. Camp Joy’s Student Leadership Program for high school and college students fosters an environment where students develop and nurture the skills they will use to become future leaders in their schools, careers, and communities. Our facilitators will work with you to structure your trip around the best activities and experiences for your group’s goals.

The Student Leadership Program offers 5 customizable programs centered around key skills for successful teams and leaders:

  • Trust

  • Communication

  • Leadership

  • Responsibility

  • Cooperation

Camp Joy has worked with high schools in the region for the past 35 years offering unique and customized programs for students that build their leadership competency, strengthen the bonds of teams and student groups, as well as provide a beautiful natural space to have a retreat. Camp Joy’s Student Leadership Programs differ from other providers in that our own team of professional educators delivers the curriculum. This allows teachers and coaches to observe their students in a new learning environment, and pay attention to student behaviors beyond those exhibited in a classroom setting.

Camp Joy’s Student Leadership Programs Process

Average program is 20 participants for a 2.5-day program at Camp Joy at an average total cost of $4,500.

  • Talk with SLP program staff to identify desired program outcomes

  • SLP staff develop a customized experience to meet desired outcomes using a combination of classroom and outdoor experiential activities. Programs are fully customizable and can happen at Camp Joy or we can come to you.

  • Program delivered by SLP’s team of professional educators. Programs include all meals, materials and overnight accommodations.
  • Follow-up: post-program phone call(s) to ensure client expectations were met

Our program is built around unique and impactful experiences designed to enhance each student’s ability to trust, communicate, and cooperate with others.

“Challenge by Choice” empowers students to set and test their own limits.

Sequencing activities that build in difficulty to continuously strengthen and refine the desired outcomes.

Guided reflection provides depth and understanding to concepts.

A focus on teambuilding over debriefing allows students to own their participation

  1. Public and private high schools in the Cincinnati MSA, high school (HS) Athletic Directors, Band and Club leaders. College and University (C&U) Student Services departments.
  2. (HS) Team coaches
  3. (HS) Teachers (influencers), (C&U) Greek organizations, Club leaders, R.A. leaders.
  4. (HS) Principals, Assistant Principals, Superintendents

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Client Feedback

“The Summit Country Day School and Camp Joy have both benefitted from years of collaborative work. The Summit has included Camp Joy experiences in a variety of our programs since 1991. The relationship has been a good one in many ways. The outdoor experiential education and leadership development programs that define Joy have been a strong compliment to our own efforts at providing our students the experiences meant to nurture their personal efforts to become their best selves.

The staff and leadership at Joy has willingly accommodated our needs and has successfully touched the purposes of our programs. I always remind Joy that they are in no way a singleton program for our community but rather they are very much a part of our bigger picture and share with us in the values of our character-based leadership curriculum.”

– Laura Haas, Leadership & Student Activities Coordinator,
Summit Country Day School

Team Leadership & Development
Student Leadership Program
Outdoor School Programs

We went to Camp Joy to learn teamwork and to have fun learning. My favorite activity was the underground railroad reenactment because it seemed so real, and it just comes to show how bad slaves were really treated. I personally learned how to deal with people that I’m stuck with or with people that don’t like too much. Camp Joy affected my school year in a way that I would work together much better with people. Camp Joy was a lot of fun.

Noah C., Camper

Thank you for for being my trail group leader. Throughout my time at Camp Joy you helped me and led us through our groups’ difficult times. You were also really fun singing all of those songs while we were hiking. I also thought that you were really good in the Underground Railroad play through. You probably would have caught us because of the way that we had escape. Thank you for helping me throughout Camp Joy, you should always know that I will never forget Camp Joy because of you.

Morgan C, Camper

Thank you again for providing our campers with a phenomenal experience. It is always a great opportunity for them to connect with other campers who share in their same medical condition and make lasting friendships with their peers.

Social Worker, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

The excitement of learning and growing at Camp Joy all begins with our first connection with you.

We are excited to get the opportunity to meet you and show you camp! If it is easier, just give Tia a call at 513-478-9282.