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Program organization


Our program is structured into three distinct phases, tailored to accommodate participants aged 10.5 to 18 years, each phase catering to different levels of maturity and skill development needs. Here's an overview of each phase:


Phase 1: Group Member Development (Patrol Member Development)

  • Aimed at youth aged 10.5 to 13, rising grades 6th to 7th.

  • Focuses on experiencing the dynamics of a close-knit group, understanding the responsibilities of group membership, and basic leadership skills.

  • Includes an overnight backpacking trip.


Phase 2: Group Leadership Development (Patrol Leader Development)

  • Designed for youth aged 13 to 15, rising grades 7th to 9th (or 12 years with approval).

  • Emphasizes small group leadership skills, advanced leadership competencies, and guided opportunities to lead.

  • Involves a 1-2 night backpacking trip.


Phase 3: Large Group Leadership Development (Troop Leader Development)

  • Geared towards youth aged 15 to 17, rising grades 9th to 12th (or 14 years with approval).

  • Covers large-group and small group leadership skills, offering high-level leadership practice.

  • Includes a multi-night backpacking trip.


Participants may need to repeat a phase due to their age/grade, providing them with the opportunity to further mature.  Repeating a phase can be highly beneficial for individuals. It offers them the opportunity to reinforce and apply the leadership skills they have acquired in a supportive environment. By revisiting a phase, participants can deepen their understanding, hone their abilities, and gain confidence in their leadership capabilities. This extended practice ensures that they are well-prepared to transition to the next level with a solid foundation of skills and experience.


Final placement into a phase is determined by the White Stag Directors, with age exceptions possible but not guaranteed.

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 responsibility.

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