Summer Leadership Development Program


June 6th – July 29th, 2016

Cameron House’s Summer Leadership Development Program is geared towards all 9th graders or older who want to receive training in youth work and leadership development, and take the opportunity to practice their skills in a safe and nurturing environment. This program is designed to help young people develop a sense of self and confidence in leadership, as they participate in and contribute to our summer community. Summer Leaders will work daily in planning and leading activities, including games, songs, and crafts for 1st-8th grade youth. Participation in this program is great to include on college applications, job resumes and for fulfilling school service hour requirements!

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Minimum Requirements

  • Entering the 9th Grade in Fall 2016
  • Completed submission of Summer Leadership Development Program Application Packet by Friday, April 29, 2016 [pdf]
    • Summer Leader Registration Form
    • Youth Ministries Information Form for June 2016 – May 2017 with authorized signatures
    • Brief typed letter of introduction (max one page) describing 1) Who you are, 2) What strengths, skills, and talents you would bring, and 3) Your goal for a summer at Cameron House
    • Reference letter from someone other than a parent, guardian, relative, or friend (This requirement is only for first time applicants)
    • Application & program fees
      • $150 for first year applicants
      • $100 for second year Summer Leaders
      • $50 for third year and over applicants
      • If for any reason you are not accepted into the program, or choose not to be a summer leader, this fee is refundable minus a $35 Application Fee
        • A $10 late fee applies if completed Summer Leadership Development Program Application Packet is not received by April 29th
        • We will not turn away anyone for lack of funds, so please contact us should this fee be a hardship.

Important Dates

Friday, March 25th – Summer Leader Application Orientation at Cameron House (CH), 920 Sacramento Street, SF, CA, 94108, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Come and learn about the different volunteer opportunities. This optional gathering is beneficial for incoming 9th graders, and all new and interested youth and/or their parents.



Saturday, May 14th – Summer Leader Orientation at Cameron House, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This is a mandatory event for all interested applicants.  During the leader orientation, applicants will get an idea of our program as well as meet our summer staff.  Applicants will go through a series of activities that will assist staff in determining acceptance and placement of applicants in our program.


Monday, June 6th through Friday, June 10th, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Training week in Programs and Departments

Sunday, June 12th – Summer Commissioning at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, 925 Stockton St., San Francisco, 94108, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Monday, June 13th – First day of Summer Programs!

Tuesday Planning Nights: MANDATORY planning sessions at Cameron House until 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday Night Fellowships: OPTIONAL activities at Cameron House; 6:30 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

Monday, July 4th – Independence Day Holiday Observed.  NO PROGRAM.

Monday, July 18th – BYP Family Night; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20th – Ventures Family Night; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27th – Solid Ground Program Family Night; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, July 29th – Last day of summer programming

TBD – Mass Clean-Up

Sunday, July 31st – Youth Worship at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown at 10:45 a.m.; End of Summer Service Party (place and time to be determined)

Leader Preferences

Three areas of summer leader opportunities are available. All programs run for seven weeks from June 15 – July 31, with important events before and after.   We will take your preferences into account, but we will need to consider the needs of each program and our ministries as a whole. All the programs will typically operate under the same daily schedule.

Offering academic support and recreational activities to recent immigrant youth from the Chinatown area, BYP Leaders will work in teams (Departments) with a Coordinator. They will spend the first half of the day at Cameron House assisting their Coordinator in leading academic enrichment in English, Math, Science and other subjects that are engaging and fun.  During the other half of the program, leaders will lead outdoor recreation, songs, crafts, and devotions in our yards and nearby parks. BYP Leaders will also assist in supervising weekly field trips around the City, cookouts and other activities.  Hours of service are 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, planning meetings on Tuesday evenings until 6:30 p.m., and optional Dinner and Fellowship from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. BYP Leaders report only to the Cameron House site.  You do NOT need to be bilingual to apply, but it is an asset to be able to speak Cantonese or Mandarin to better relate with some of the youth!

The Cameron Ventures program has offered outdoor fun for over 50 years, giving kids the opportunity to get outside and appreciate the things San Francisco has to offer. The Ventures program has an emphasis on helping youth build community and lifelong friendships. Ventures leaders will be responsible for planning and implementing outdoor activities that help promote growth physically, mentally, spiritually and socially. They will also supervise on field trips throughout San Francisco.  Hours of service are 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, planning meetings on Tuessday evenings until 6:30 p.m., and optional Dinner and Fellowship from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 pm.

SOLID GROUND (Grades 6 – 8)
A unique blend of our other programs, this middle school program offers youth an opportunity to grow through community service projects, leadership development activities, and academic enrichment.  Solid Ground leaders will help plan and implement mostly outdoor activities that are engaging, educational, and encouraging of youth to become well-rounded citizens. Leaders will also supervise field trips, cook-outs, specious events, and overnight camping trips. Hours of service are 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, planning meetings on Tuesday evenings until 6:30 p.m., and optional Dinner and Fellowship from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


The application period for the Summer Leadership Development Program 2016 has closed.


Contact Information

Kelcie Wong – OST Programs Director
(415) 781-0401 x104

Pam Wang – Registration and Financial Assistance
(415) 781-0401 x124

Casey Chow – Youth  Leadership Development Coordinator
(415) 781-0401 x228

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 5:30pm

Community, Soul, & Elegance

South San Francisco Conference Center

Join us in reconnecting with old friends, meeting new people who share our beliefs, and learning about our program highlights.  Find out more about our event!

Online registration is now available!