Earn the 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.

Here's how to register

  1. Select [click on the link] for the Leadership Camp you are interested in.
  2. Click 'Register on Campwise' link and login to Campwsie. Create an account if you don't have one.
  3. Select your camp from the list of available camps; see details below if you're not sure. Not all camps are offered every year, so if your camp is not listed on Campwise registration, that camp is not available.
  4. Staff use Academy Staff signup (Ask you pastor to cpmplete and submit online Pastoral Reference; only one is REQUIRED for the entire year)


1. Start by completing both these leadership camps

Academy starts with JTC


Junior Training Camp (JTC) 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 (AJTC) 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


JLDA/FCF Frontier Adventure Camp

For JTC graduates. This 1800's Frontiersman Adventure Camp (FAC) is required for men or boys to join the Frontiersman Camping Fellowship (FCF). Primitive fire starting, tomahawk and knife throwing included.


Winter Survival Adventure Camp

For AJTC graduates. Winter Survival Adventure Camp (WSAC) provides instruction in outdoor survival where you and your patrol will construct an emergency shelter or igloo to sleep in.


Canoeing Adventure Camp

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.


Backpacking Adventure Camp

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.


Shooting Sports Adventure Camp

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).


Survival Adventure Camp

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

Congratulations you have completed the requirements to earn your Academy saber! We want to recognize your accomplishments at All-Boys Camp; and at a special banquet dinner in conjunction with the RR WNMD Leaders Conference where you will be awarded your saber.

Parents and families are invited to attend the dinner and ceremony. The Leaders Conference is held every two years; a special invite will be sent for those graduates that will be awarded their saber at this event.

There is an additional charge of $50 for uniform supplies (beret, gloves, belt, sash and saber frog)


Academy Graduates - Junior Academy


Elite Junior Academy

For Academy graduates to complete their leadership training, candidates assist in running the Academy and help mentor younger academy campers.