The L.E.A.D. program is a 10 month Gap Year opportunity that will change the way you lead for a lifetime. Practical, real world skills and experiences are the primary teaching tools for character, spiritual and leadership development.

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The L.E.A.D program takes place at InterVarsity camps across the country and is for young adults ages 17-25 who have a demonstrated aptitude for leadership, have a genuine interest in growing spiritually, and have a desire to express an active faith. L.E.A.D. is a 10 month experience, starting at the beginning of September and going to the end of June.

L.E.A.D. has four areas of focus:

Spiritual Development
– Participants will take part in bible studies, book studies, attending church and practicing spiritual disciplines. Intentional focus will be given to spiritual development and engaging faith in life and ministry.

Leadership Development – Participants are exposed to different aspects of leadership both in theory and practice. Through practical teaching and supervised experience, each participant will grow in their understanding of ministry and leadership. During the ten months, participants will gain practical experience serving the year-round ministry of camp including working with churches and school groups.

Character Development
– A key outcome is for each participant to have strengthened character so they are able to thrive personally and relationally. Participants will be living in community. Experiential lessons in character development will occur as participants are stretched and challenged in their responsibilities, attitude and relational skills. Specific teaching and books studies will address issues of integrity, personal values, and conflict resolution. Through Bible study and teaching participants will be developing a Biblical perspective on current social and moral issues.

Competency & Skill Development
– The L.E.A.D participants will grow in practical skill development and excellence in work through hands-on experience. Participants will rotate through a variety of areas including: Outdoor Education and Retreats, working in food service, facilities (maintenance and cleaning) and administration. The primary work will be done hosting church, school and communities groups, as well as providing program activities for them. There will also be practical training provided in safety, food handling and program training.


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