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Cabin Leader Development Program (CLDP)

Our Cabin Leader Development Program (CLDP), a 3-week residential experience designed to teach leadership, community service and program specific skills to participants through group living, learning and service at camp. 

The Cabin Leader Development Program is defined by the following criteria:

  • CLDP session one will include a two days on the Wenatchee River.  Day one on the river will be a float trip along the upper Wenatchee River from camp to Plain.  Day two on the river will be a whitewater rafting trip from Leavenworth to Cashmere.  CLDPs will push themselves physically and mentally while taking in beautiful views, bonding with other participants and discovering their own capabilities. 
  • CLDP session two will include a three day/two night backcountry adventure into the Wenatchee National Forrest that focuses on leadership and teamwork, as well as offering a worthwhile personal challenge.
  • Training in individual and group communication and leadership styles.
  • Program specific training such as wilderness first aid, food handling, archery, waterfront, large and small group games and arts and crafts.
  • Training in youth development programming and best practices, basic child development, behavior management and environmental stewardship.
  • Recognition and acknowledgement of up to 100 community service hours to camp. 

CLDP participants will have opportunities to practice and develop these skills by creating, supporting and leading various camp activities and assisting the counselors in working with campers.  Participants will come away from this program with valuable leadership skills that will serve them well at home, in school, and in their own community.  A successful CLDP participant will have consistently demonstrated that they are enthusiastic, dedicated, hard-working and devoted to the camp’s mission. 



The Cabin Leader Development Program is open to youth who are currently in their sophomore or junior years in high school (as of May 2019) and will not yet be 18 years of age by the start of the 2019 CLDP program.  All applicants must complete the CLDP application before being considered for the program. Entry into the program is competitive and is based upon the completed application and an interview with the camp director. Please note that a camper is required to attend the full 3-week CLDP session to complete the program.



Once accepted into the CLDP program participants will be required to register and put down a $150 non-refundable deposit.  The balance of the fees is due by May 31, 2019.  Space is limited to five female and five male participants in each session. 

The cost of the Cabin Leader Development Program is:


$1350 for YMCA Members              $1500 for Community Members



There will be two sessions of the Cabin Leader Development Program in 2019.  The first session will run the first three weeks of the summer, June 30 - July 19.  The second session will run the last three weeks of the summer, July 21 - August 9.  


To Apply

CLDP candidates must fill out a CLDP application and go through an interview process to determine if the CLDP program will be a good for them and for the YMCA.   Because the program is competitive and spaces are limited the application deadline is February 15, 2019. Any applications received after the deadline will still be reviewed, however availability and/or likelihood of acceptance may be significantly reduced. An application to the CLDP program does not guarantee acceptance into the program.   A phone and/or in person interview will also be required and will be scheduled after the application has been received by the YMCA.



Need more information? 

CLICK HERE for a detailed outline of the program or contact Tim McElravy, Camp Director at (509) 763-9622 or email at