High School Summer Leadership Camp

Preparing student leaders for a successful school year

Every summer over 3,000 students participate in one of the many leadership camps offered by the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL). For high school students, summer leadership camp provides an amazing opportunity to learn valuable skills, create lasting friendships and prepare for the upcoming school year. Some of the topics include:

  • Communication skills

  • Positive teamwork

  • Problem solving

  • Decision making

  • School climate

The Association of Washington Student Leaders offers a total of six traditional leadership camps for high school students. Summer Leadership camps take place at the Cispus Learning Center in Randle (three hours south of Seattle) or at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center in Chewelah (one hour north of Spokane).

Camp Dates

Download the current schedule of all leadership camp sessions here (updated in January for upcoming camp season). 


For more information, including a registration packet, please visit our Registration Forms page. Registrations for summer camps are posted on February 1st.

Scholarship Opportunity

PEMCO Emerging Leaders Scholarship
Each year, through a generous donation from PEMCO and Inspirus Credit Union (formerly School Employees Credit Union of Washington), scholarships to high school leadership camp are available. The intent of the scholarship is to provide leadership training to students from under-represented populations within a school, which could include socio-economic, ethnicity, bilingual or strong informal leadership. Visit the Emerging Leaders Scholarship page for eligibility, information and application.

US Senate Youth Program and Scholarship

Attendance at AWSL high school summer leadership camps are the only way for Washington students to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program and Scholarship. Each AWSL camp chooses two finalists and two alternates to be forwarded to the state nominating panel, and that panel will choose two nominees and two alternates for the Senate Youth Program the following spring. Please visit the individual camp pages for their application and nomination procedures.