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Lifelong Friends. Memories. Traditions.

A Culver summer is an opportunity for fun, friendship, and a chance to learn about leadership skills that build confidence for a lifetime. 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.

Our Mission

Culver Summer Schools & Camps educates campers for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual - mind, spirit and body - through an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the cultivation of character.

Character Is Made In Every Moment

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 happens when 1,500 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 a great sense of pride in their accomplishments. The experience, and its impact, is often profound and life changing.

Students Achieve:
• Gains in independence and increased self-confidence.
• Success in being part of something greater than themselves.
• Awareness of leadership skills in themselves and its impact on others.

Facts & Traditions

Founded in 1902, The Culver Summer Schools and Camps' rich history is full of time-honored traditions. From Opening Ceremony to Final Ball, today’s campers are eager to continue Culver’s legacy while creating new traditions of their own.

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