Why White Stag?
We believe leadership can be learned. Through leadership training and development, young people will gain personal growth that will help them be successful throughout life by improving self-confidence, self-reliance, interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and gaining responsibility. We believe in success through the infinity principle of continuous learning and giving back.
White Stag Monterey Mission Statement
"To enhance the quality and character of individuals and empower them to
influence their communities and environment in a positive manner"
Open to all coed youth who have completed the fifth grade and are at least 10 years old, OR are age 11 but have not reached age 18 by the session start. No experience of any kind is required. Youth learn leadership skills while spending a fun, exciting, activity-based, seven-day adventure in an outdoor, overnight camping experience. Training and activities are age-appropriate. Youth get outdoors, away from the comforts of home and from the distractions of cell phones, the internet, and social media. They learn to rely on themselves and others in their small group of new friends as they progress through the week. Kids get in touch with nature. The camping facility is rustic and the participants spend the week 100% outdoors in tents and sleeping under the stars. The summer program is NOT a typical free-time, fun-only summer camp. Most participants leave with a sense of accomplishment from their experiences and gain personal growth.
Participants must possess age-appropriate core character traits such as a willingness to try, the ability to respect and work with others, and self-control. Group placement is made by age, grade, and experience for each participant's success. Full disclosure of special needs and learning differences is required during the registration process to prepare plans for a good experience. Disruptive or inappropriate behaviors may be cause for dismissal without a refund of fees.
Participants are eligible to apply for the following year's Youth Staff after successfully completing summer training
Phase 2 or 3.
Training Description and Association with Scouts BSA
The White Stag program has its roots in Scouting USA, and practices Scouting principles, the Patrol Method, and the Aims of Scouting. The training is youth-led by the members of Venturing Crew 122, as an annual Super Activity. Fees are affordable.
The program sponsor, White Stag Leadership Development Academy, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501C3 nonprofit corporation.
Training Session Details
Registering for a training session is easy! We use a 3rd party registration system. When you click on Registration link below, you will be redirected to our registration system. You may pay by credit card, debit card . Youth attending camp are asked to fill out the sections about themselves. We believe this is a valuable part of their personal growth. If you have any questions about the registration process email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration & Refund Policy
White Stag Monterey Leadership Training is a 7-day sleepover experience. The low fee covers food, curriculum, supplies, and two uniform tee shirts. We are an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization. All fees are spent months before camp with 100% of the fees supporting the training program. Fees are Non-refundable. Plan your family calendar before registering. Early or Late Arrival or Departure is not available.
If you must cancel your registration, you may request a tax-deductible donation receipt for fees you paid by emailing email@example.com.
Pre-Training Orientation "C-DAY" Location (Not required, but highly suggested)
Held the 3rd Saturday of May, at the Presidio of Monterey Scout Lodge
Monterey, Corporal Ewing Road, Monterey CA
Search Google Maps - "White Stag Monterey, CA" (Not the 33 Soledad Drive address)
Check-in 8:45 AM – Dismissal 3:00 PM, Parent Orientation: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
September INDABA Staff and Graduate Reunion
Come see your summer friends, youth staff, and past alumni!
Held the 3rd Saturday of September. Presidio of Monterey Scout Lodge
Plan your calendar before registering for the training. There are no refunds
Participants must complete the program in its entirety. As soon as the youth arrive, they begin bonding with the others of their small group. Late arrivals are not permitted. The program continues running until departure. It is detrimental to the individual and the others in the small group when someone leaves early or arrives late.
Summer Training - Drop Off and Pick Up
Drop off is Sunday
10:00 AM - No early or late arrivals after 11:00 AM
Pick up is Saturday
Arrive at 10:00 AM. The graduation ceremony starts at 10:30 AM. Dismissal following graduation between 12:00-12:30.
Families are encouraged to attend graduation. It may be very warm, for your comfort, bring a chair, hat, and water bottle.
(Pick up and Graduation is subject to changes)
Map to Piney Creek
Facilities & Treks
White Stag teaches outdoor living skills. The facility is rustic in nature, and a camping and hiking experience. Participants will sleep in the outdoors in tents they bring with them and out under the stars during overnight hikes. The backpacking trek is with light-weight packs. Youth take only their sleeping bag, pads, and change of clothes. Tents stay at camp, leaving all their extra gear and clothes inside.
Youth and Adult Staff
Adult Advisors and Youth Counselors go through a structured 9 month Staff Development training. The majority of our youth and adults have served on staff for several years. Additionally, all adults are trained in specialized Youth Protection training through Boy Scouts of America. The Youth Staff have all graduated from the program. Our staff to camper ratio is about 1 staff for every 4 campers.
What to Bring
Participants need to bring camping gear and specific clothing. For a complete list, please download the Packing and Equipment List found below. Sporting goods stores that carry backpacking equipment can help you decide what to buy. Do not purchase expensive items. Several department stores carry outdoor gear at good prices. Rental gear is also available. Items can be purchased online, however, the participant should always try on the backpack for fit before purchasing. Hiking boots must be worn for several weeks before arrival to avoid blisters and fore toes!
Everyone wears a uniform while participating in the program. It creates a feeling of belonging, reduces distractions, and also instills discipline. Participants are required to bring tan or khaki pants or shorts. For modesty, shorts must be a mid-thigh length and not be shorter than to the fingertips with the arm hanging straight down. We provide two uniform tee shirts. Extra shirts are available for purchase during registration.
We offer discounts to Scouting and other youth-oriented groups or school groups. We would love to make a presentation and offer a discount to your group members. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org