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Program Overview:

The Junior Leadership (JL) Program provides two weeks out of the year where teenage Christian Scientists come together and overcome the world's stereotypes and simply be themselves. As the layers fall away, their true image and likeness is expressed. From day one, we begin building our sense of family by learning to take ownership for our environment and through the process of preparing our own meals. The program also provides intentional opportunities to engage in "hard conversations".  These are often based on concerns that the world is facing.  Special emphasis is placed on discussions about diversity, inclusion, and belonging.  What better place to explore these topics than with trained CedarS staff and their resident Christian Science practitioner?  The CedarS atmosphere that campers talk about is due entirely to our application of Christian Science in all that we do.  JL has its own practitioner who lives with the group and participates as part of the family.  They support the group through morning inspirational messages, engaging in group and individual conversations, and by providing ongoing metaphysical support.  Campers appreciate having an integrated practitioner who can be asked questions at any time.

We are consistently breaking limitations through water-skiing, cable water sports, climbing on the high ropes course, zip line, a breakfast trail ride on CedarS herd of amazing horses, and by working through the low ropes challenge course.  In addition, we go on a float trip and other adventures where we grow as both a group and as individuals. There is no better place to discover your true spiritual identity than at CedarS in the Junior Leadership program.

NLC Fulfillment Opportunity: Read our guide on how participating in the Junior Leadership program can fulfill NLC requirements and earn Congressional Award hours.

Program Video:

Highlights of a JL session include:

  • JL family meals and games at your own unique campsite and "Palace"
  • JL has their own awesome CS practitioner who participates in all the activities and discussion sessions
  • Daily Bible Lesson study, practitioner talks, Wednesday Testimony Meetings (JL camper readers), Sunday School, and Hymn Sings
  • Group-bonding on the Low Ropes Team Course and fulfilling individual feats on the High Ropes Course
  • Various leadership opportunities including leading activities during the all-camp Green and White Field Night
  • Ski trip to Lake Pomme de Terre
  • Silver Dollar City and camping trip

What our campers say

“I was a part of the Junior Leadership program for the first time this summer, and I loved it. The staff was wonderful, and I especially enjoyed the practitioner that was with just our program. It taught me so much about how to be a leader and how to show God’s wonderful qualities every day. I am especially grateful because I utilize the metaphysical skills in school and in my everyday life outside of CedarS. I also keep in touch with my friends and counselors throughout the year. CedarS is the most wonderful part of my summer.”

- Camper

“This year I got to participate in Junior Leadership and the activities were so fun, but what I like most was the time I got to connect to God through Bible Lesson study and solo time.”

- Camper

“I was in Junior Leadership.  The bonding experience with other campers and counselors was the best highlight, accompanied by water skiing, horseback riding, ropes course, team building activities, zipline swimming, and so much more.”

- Camper

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