Teen Leadership

Teen Staff Leadership Program

Members of our Teen Staff Leadership Program act as integral community members and staff-in-training, supporting campers, events, and camp life throughout the summer. Older youth of camp take on leadership roles within the community, working with peers to build performance and circus arts skills. Assisting in classes and throughout camp life, Teen Staff provide extra support to staff and campers, offering teens an early sense of professionalism, while helping to create camp “magic.”

The Camp Winnarainbow Teen Staff Leadership Program ensures that youth leaders have a fun, experiential, creative environment to learn and practice the skills needed in our increasingly complex world. The TSLP is a three-year program, however, your teen can apply at age 15, 16, or 17, whether or not they have been to Camp Winnarainbow before. Each teen leader is part of a tipi community, providing support and caring for Campers, under the supervision of adult staff. Teens gain real life experience through daily jobs, and the opportunity to assist teachers in skills classes.

All young people ages 15-17 who are seeking leadership and life skills are welcome to apply to the Teen Staff Leadership Program. Please click on the sections below for more details and directions.

Application Process

Every Teen Leader age 15 – 17 is welcome to apply. Participation is not based on previous participation in Camp Winnarainbow. We feel that the experience of Camp should be for everyone.

Who Should Apply

Youth who are interested in being changemakers in their community, who like working with children, who like (or want to experience) living outdoors, who are leaders in their own communities, who are artists, who have a desire to learn and be a part of something that is bigger than themselves. 

For consideration, your application must include past experience in leadership, as well goals you hope to obtain through the program. This will not look the same for every teen. We value your unique story and are seeking a diverse community. If you have any questions about what qualifies as leadership experience we encourage you to contact us. We are here to help you succeed!

To Apply

Fill out the Request for Application below and we will email you the application link.


Teens can also be referred to the Leadership Program through someone who has an established relationship with Camp Winnarainbow. To refer a future Teen Leader, email osayande@campwinnarainbow.org with the information requested below and some detail about why you believe they would benefit from our program. We will then notify the youth and their responsible adult via email or phone to offer an opportunity to apply.


The first application review and interviews begin in early March each year. There are limited spots in each session and applications are first come, first reviewed. We look forward to working with you!

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