Jr Leaders Training Academy

Earn the much respected Academy Saber
Leadership merits are taught at the Outpost, but it is only through practical application with their peers that boys truly grasp these concepts. That is why the District offers various camping and outdoor adventures throughout the year to challenge the boys to learn self-worth and the benefits of teamwork.

If you are eleven and older you are encouraged to join the Junior Leadership Training Academy. Once you have competed two Leadership camps plus three elective Adventure camps, you will be awarded an Academy Saber and inducted into the Ranger Elite.

The leadership camps as well as the Outdoor Survival, Backpacking and Canoeing Adventure Camps are all held on the same weekend in August. The Winter Survival adventure is held in January and the Frontiersman adventure is in May

Below, we have split these camps into sections to guide you.

Leadership training camps


Ranger Training Camp

Discovery Ranger patrol leader training
Use the Patrol System effectively and apply what your learn in your outpost. This camp is not required to earn the Saber.

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Jr Training Camp

First level required camp
Learn group junior leadership roles in a boy-led, adult-facilitated environment.

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Advanced Jr Training Camp

Second level required camp
Discover your role in leadership of your outpost, church and community.

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Elective Adventure Camps


Winter Survival Camp

Optional elective for AJTC graduates
Arrive dressed for winter outdoor fun. After instruction on outdoor survival you and your patrol will begin construction an outdoor shelter or igloo. You will sleep in the training center on Friday night, but you will spend the night in your shelter on Saturday.

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Backpacking Adventure Camp

Optional elective for AJTC graduates
Backpacking is a challenging yet highly rewarding experience. Essentials of hiking – including equipment, first aid, cooking, navigation and how to pack a backpack are covered before you hit the nine-mile trail for a two-day backpacking adventure. You will carry all your gear in backpacks, filter all your drinking water and cook freeze-dried food over backpacking stoves.

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Survival Adventure Camp

Optional elective for AJTC graduates
This adventure is not for the feint-hearted. In fact, most guys complete this camp last to be sure they are fully prepared for the challenge of living off the land for three days. we will teach you to build your own shelter, trap your own food and filter your water as you experience survival in the wilderness.

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Canoe Adventure Camp

Optional elective for AJTC graduates
There's nothing like the freedom of gliding across the open waters in your canoe packed with food and supplies to last you for the two days it will take to complete this adventure.

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Frontiersman Camping

FCF entry level for boys and men
The Frontier Adventure camp also counts toward earning the saber, and is required for men or boys to join the Frontiersman Camping Fellowship.

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Elite Jr Training

Academy staff training
This camp is for Academy graduates to continue their education in leadership. In this basic level of “staff in training,” each trainee will be assisting the staff with various camp projects, completing leadership training, and participating in leadership and mentoring of younger academy participants. You must be an academy graduate to attend.

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Academy Banquet

Saber graduation ceremony
Once you have completed all the requirements for your Saber, you and your family will receive an invitation to attend the annual Academy Banquet.
Event Details & Registration

Academy FAQ

All campers are expected to find their own way to and from camp. We suggest parents car pool or arrange to use their church van.

You have to start with Jr Training Camp (JTC) and then one year later attend Advanced Jr Training Camp (AJTC). From there you can elect three more adventure camps to earn your saber.

Ranger Training Camp is recommended for 5th graders. Once you are 11 or older you can attend any of our Academy camps, but the Survival camp is really challenging so do that camp last if you can.

Camp Wilderness has modern flush toilet and private hot shower facilities available to all campers, including Frontiersman Campers. Bring your own towel and toiletries.

Ask your parents to:

  • Purchase a handbook for you and review it with you.
  • Set goals with you and celebrate with you when you earn awards and merits
  • Help you complete any missed lessons and assignments
  • Ask you what he learned in Rangers and practice with you
  • Add all events to your family calendar and ensure you are  signed up in a timely fashion. The easiest may be to ENROL for camps you're interested in, and then REGISTER and pay closer to the event.
  • Challenge you to pray and read the Bible every day and incorporate any memory verses and required reading into your quiet time
  • Always be ready to help Ranger leaders at events and camp-outs. Leader’s are not experts in every merit, ask them to volunteer to help teach a merit they know a lot about.

Due to low demand, GPH no longer carries the dress uniform or the formal uniform blazer. Alternative sources for these items are available upon request from the National Office. Call 417-862-2781 Extension 4181. 

Registering for any district camp just got a whole lot easier!

  • Set up an account for your family. All your camp info and forms are saved in one convenient place!
  • Fill out your medical forms once, and you're set. Of course, you can go back and edit your information at any time.
  • Enroll in the camps your family members plan to attend and we'll hold a space for you. Pay for events individually or all at once whenever you're ready. (Of course, we require at least partial payment before you're considered registered for camp).
  • When you enroll, your Outpost is notified. Contact Doris if you need registration reports emailed to your outpost.
  • Leaders, if you're serving on staff at a camp, get with the comp coordinator. He may have a discount code for you.