Leadership Development Center is an annual four-day overnight summer camp in San Mateo County. Over 130 youth delegates gain hands-on experience and training in team-building, leadership roles, CPR and first aid, disaster and emergency preparedness, and other valuable life skills. The cost is very reasonable, and scholarships are available.
Our 2019 event was a fun-filled success, with 123 campers from all four chapters within the Northern California Coastal Region in attendance! Click here to read a full recap of this year's LDC on our blog. Thank you to everyone who made this special event possible, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2020.
“If I were to describe LDC in one word, it would be ‘community’ because everyone is so involved and we’re just like a family.”
Miraal Haq - LDC Delegate
“I decided to participate in LDC because I’m part of the Red Cross club at my school, and I thought this would be a great way to meet Red Crossers outside of my school so that in the future we could do events with each other.”
Gina Fang - LDC Delegate
“I liked the part where we did Search and Rescue because I learned a lot about how to do CPR, first-aid, and how to react when there is an emergency.”
Kalvin Lam - LDC Staffer
“The connections are the things you remember. No matter where the camp is, and no matter what activities are there, you remember the friendships and conversations, and those things really last.”
Robin Fu - LDC Staffer
“Learning about different people in this kind of environment where everyone is close really brings out a new perspective and you start to look at other people differently.”
Joanna Hu - LDC Staffer
“I think I’ll take away a lot of different skills from LDC; communication skills, social, skills, and leadership skills most definitely.”
Photos from LDC 2019
I have questions about...
What is LDC?
The Leadership Development Center (LDC) is a four-day overnight conference designed by youth for youth that provides learning experiences focused on leadership development, community involvement, and disaster preparedness. Delegates will become trained community disaster educators and learn how to start and effectively run a Red Cross Club. Additionally, delegates will gain invaluable experience in activities such as team-building, public speaking, diversity training, CPR/First Aid, disaster and emergency preparedness, and international humanitarian law.
Who is eligible to apply for LDC?
LDC is open to persons 13 years of age and older and entering or enrolled in grades 9-12. If interested in coming back as staff in following years, there will be a minimum requirement of 5 volunteer hours served after camp ends.
Do I need any experience to apply?
No, you do not need to have any Red Cross experience. However, a desire to gain experience is a plus.
Delegates are selected on the basis of their application questions with preference given to first-time/new applicants to LDC.
What is the cost to attend LDC?
The total cost to attend is $250. The full cost includes a non-refundable deposit fee of $50 dollars and $200 dollar camp fee. The $200 fee accounts for delegates' meals, lodging, t-shirt, and camp materials. Need-based scholarships are available.
Where is LDC held?
At a beautiful camp ground in the hills of San Mateo County.