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This program is designed for 15 and 16 year olds who are looking to broaden their leadership skills and become a member of the camp staff family.

Our program engages youth in a recreational environment while challenging them to further develop their own leadership skills, learn the operations of running a camp program, gain experience working with children in a mentorship environment and heighten their own personal growth while at camp.

Camp life

Located at the site of Camp Douwanna on the shore of Southwest Pond, the Leadership Development Program has ample space for field sports and more. Featuring 10 cabins that can house 10 campers each, there is also a main lodge for dining and indoor programs, and a scenic waterfront that hosts our swimming and canoeing programs.

Participants will stay in cabins nestled together in a half circle facing the main lodge. All of the cabins have electricity and are equipped with bathrooms and showers.


Location Details

Camp Douwanna
Salmonier Line
Holyrood, NL
A0A 2R0

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About the Camp



LDP participants will cover topics related to working at camp as well as general leadership techniques they can use in their home community. Topics include: conflict resolution, managing behaviour, team building and empowerment.


The participants attend Camp Douwanna (plus one additional training day) for their summer of training. The few days are lesson-orientated sessions and the remainder of the week is a practicum-style session to gain hands-on experience working with campers.

Campers & Staff


This program is geared towards participants ages 15 to 16 by May 30th.

As part of the registration and selection process, all candidates to D-Camps Leadership Development Programs (LDP) will be required to submit a written application. This application consists of a 400-word essay which answers the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to be a part of the LDP?

  2. What do you think you can bring to the group and the camp community?

  3. What do you want to learn from the program? How will you apply it away from camp?

Please apply by March 31st, 2019. Late or incomplete applications may not be considered.

Our staff

The LDP is headed up by a dedicated pair of leadership directors who complement the existing program and medical staff at Camp Douwanna.


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