Leadership System

A Culver summer is an opportunity for fun, friendship, and a chance to learn about leadership skills that build confidence for a lifetime. Unlike ordinary summer camps, Culver provides a strong focus on the development of leadership skills – an approach that instills courtesy, personal organization, and the ability to make well-thought-out choices.

The leadership system, for both boys and girls, explores the core values of effective leadership – good communication and listening skills, group dynamics, decision-making, and consideration for others. The system is designed to provide leadership opportunities and experiences that develop campers into both self-confident, capable leaders and knowledgeable, involved followers. The leadership system teaches campers to first to first lead themselves before they lead others. 

What will you experience during a summer at Culver?


What happens when more than 1,400 young people from all over the world gather to
explore their interests and expand their talents? A summer of unbridled transformation
and growth.

Students discover:
• Personal passions and a greater sense of self
• Independence and self-trust
• How to build successful community


With more than 80 classes to choose from, each Culver camper is able to craft a summer experience that mixes meaningful coursework with freedom and fun.

Students learn:
• An appreciation for cultures and traditions
• The importance of followership before leadership
• New and unique skills through competitions, electives and activities.


By summer’s end, campers have gained independence, leadership skills, increased self-confidence – and a great sense of pride in their accomplishments. The experience, and its impact, is often profound and life changing.
• Gains in independence
• Increased self-confidence
• Success in being part of something greater than themselves.
• Awareness of leadership skills in themselves and its impact on others.

Shared Values of the Culver Summer Schools & Camps

Tell the truth, be genuine, overcome the temptation to steal or cheat.

learn when to follow and when to lead, have concern for the welfare of team members.
Be patient, slow to anger, avoid impulsive behavior, consider the consequences.

Avoid offensive behavior or language, clean up after yourself.

Listen to others, work together and compromise.