Earn the coveted Academy Saber
If you are eleven or older complete five of these camps to earn an Academy Saber to be worn as part of your uniform.
The Junior Leadership Development Academy (JLDA) is designed to assist a boy in his leadership journey. It consists of several events that are held annually that will give boys fun-filled, intentional leadership training, along with powerful spiritual development opportunities. This training experience is designed to be a catalyst and springboard of spiritual encouragement.
All Academy camps run on the same weekend in August except Winter Survival, which is held in January and the Frontiersman adventure, which is in May, allowing you to do more than one camp per year.
Not all camps are offered every year, so if your camp is not listed on Campwise registration, that camp is not available.
Did you know an Academy scholarship is available?
1. Start by completing both these leadership camps
Academy starts with JTC
Junior Training Camp is the first required camp where you learn how to build relationships and do effective ministry in your church, community and missions so that you can be a trained helper for your pastor.
Discover your talents at AJTC
For JTC graduates, Advanced Junior Training Camp is the second required camp where you will discover your role in leadership of your church, community and missions. You will also earn the Rock Climbing merit.
2. Then pick three of these adventures
For JTC grads and Commanders with Ready and Safety Advancement Levels. This 1800's Frontiersman Adventure Camp is required for men or boys to join the Frontiersman Camping Fellowship (FCF). Primitive fire starting, tomahawk and knife throwing included.
NEW You have to come back to FCF Fall Trace for this camp to count for your Saber.
For AJTC graduates. Winter Survival Action Camp (WSAC) provides instruction in outdoor survival where you and your patrol will construct an emergency shelter or igloo to sleep in.
For AJTC graduates. At Canoe Adventure Camp (CAC) you'll experience the freedom of gliding across the open waters with a buddy in your canoe packed with food and supplies for three days.
For AJTC graduates. Hit the nine-mile trail for a two-day Backpacking Adventure Camp (BAC) in the woods as you learn the essentials of hiking – including equipment, first aid, cooking, navigation and how to properly pack a backpack.
For AJTC graduates and those who have completed Hunter Safety before camp. Compete in various shooting sports disciplines with your peers at Shooting Sports Adventure Camp (SSAC).
For AJTC graduates. Enjoy the challenge of living off the land for three days as you and buddy build your own shelter, trap your own food and filter your water. The Survival Adventure Camp (SAC) not for the faint-hearted and should only be tackled as one of your last camps.
3. Receive your Saber at the next All-Boys Camp
You and your parents have invested time and effort to reach this milestone. To publicly proclaim your achievement, we would like to present you with a Saber during the Saturday evening service at All-Boys Camp.
- Families are welcome to be day guests at camp and can arrange to have dinner with their outposts before the ceremony.
- Stay for celebration dessert after service!
- Graduates, let us know how many guests you're bringing when you register.
- Graduates and families/guests must register and pay online.
Graduates pay $50 for uniform supplies (beret, gloves, belt, sash and saber frog).
Guests: Free, but have to be registered with a graduate.
You can come back as Elite
If you're not 11 yet, you can still attend
Ranger Training Camp
Ranger Training Camp is an optional camp for 5th Graders training to be Patrol Leaders in their outposts. Graduates earn the right to add an RTC tassel to their Saber. This camp runs during the August Academy camp.