The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Leadership Development Camp (LDC) is an annual youth camp that gathers more than a hundred delegates in in the San Bernardino mountains for a week each August. Summer of 2019 marked the 71st anniversary of the Leadership Development Camp, demonstrating the firm and lasting commitment of the Red Cross to train and empower future humanitarian leaders in communities around Los Angeles.
For five days, high school and college students build confidence and cultivate core leadership skills such as teamwork, public speaking, and diversity/cultural understanding. These skills can be applied on school campuses and later in life.
Throughout the week, Red Cross youth volunteers and staff members create sessions and activities that reinforce delegates’ individual and team leadership skills. The youth come back from camp each year as stronger individuals. Delegates form friendships that can last a lifetime, and moreover, they will become leaders who make a difference in their schools and communities.
2020 camp will be August 3 - 7. Applications for LDC 2020 will be available March 1 - July 10.
I don’t think I’ve ever met so many people who were so loving, encouraging, and just willing to open their hearts to each other.
LDC programs focus on actively teaching valuable skills for delegates to use in their educational and professional careers. The programs, which are updated each year in regards to contemporary issues and trends, are designed and implemented by alumni and students from across the LA Region.
LDC delegates learn fundraising, marketing, and time management/planning skills. Core leadership skills are a focus in an active environment – sessions and activities are about doing. There are no lectures! That’s an LDC standard.
Expect to expand your world by sharing experiences with youth from all over Southern California. Be prepared to open your mind and learn something new about yourself and about what’s going on in the world. Discover what you can do to make a positive impact in your life and in your community.
What sets LDC apart from other youth camps, is that it is completely planned and staffed by high school and college youth. Past delegates are invited to apply and return as staffers, and past staffers, are invited to apply to become a part of the LDC advisory board. This model allows camp traditions to continue from cohort to cohort, as well as provide a space for youth to build on multiple layers of involvement and leadership lessons.
LDC advisory board members are the most senior camp participants, and the application for this position is only open to youth who have previously served as an LDC camp staffer. Advisory board members mentor and train staff to help them successfully organize the camp. The advisory board for this year has been chosen and applications for the 2021 advisory board will open in November 2020.
LDC staff are appointed in February through a screening process. To organize camp activities, staffers participate in at least three training sessions, a weekend retreat, and camp planning weekend organized by the advisory board between March and July.
All past LDC delegates are welcome to apply for a staff position.
Applications for LDC 2020 Staff are now closed.
Leadership Development Camp 2020
Applications are open to all youth residing in the Red Cross LA Region enrolled in 10th to 12th grade. Incoming freshmen may apply, but they will be required to complete an additional interview before acceptance to camp. This is an overnight camp. Camp price includes all lodging, meals, materials and activities.
1. Apply online
2. Complete Camp Payment
Once your application is received, you will be contacted for payment instructions.
Please ensure that your contact information is accurate and reliable. $400 payment must be made by close of business, Friday, July 10. However, we will not take payments once we have reached our capacity and applicants will be put on a wait list.
3. Parent/Guardian Consent Form
Download both consent forms and bring forms to registration on Monday, August 3rd. Your child will not be able to attend camp without these forms