Camp LEAD is a FREE three-day and two-night leadership and human relations development program for GUHSD students. It is an engaging and interactive learning environment that allows participants to gain heightened interpersonal and personal-awareness skills that are essential to improving relations with others. After attending Camp LEAD many students are inspired to live their lives in a more postive fashion, and strive to influence others in this way.


Participants are usually recommended by school staff, and represent a diverse mix of students from each campus. Young people of different races, religous beliefs, social classes, and interests are all brought together to share this very unique experience.


Students selected to participate are current campus leaders, or have been identified as potential campus leaders. Camp LEAD student participants are individuals who are usually interested in social justice issues, are definitely open to personal growth and are willing to work to improve their school’s overall climate. Many return to join their Campus' Friday Night Live Club which strives to promote healthy lifestyle choices free from alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, violence and sexual activity.


As of today we have hosted over 20 Camp LEADs, catering to over 2000 students. Of those 2000 students about 2/3 of the group has returned to get additional training as LEAD Crew members in hopes that they may return to Camp LEAD as a peer facilitator. After camp and upon return to school, we have seen students exhibit higher attendance rates, higher grades and a decrease in behavioral issues. This data and information can be made available for you upon request.

Camp benefits ALL students and we look forward to hearing from you and meeting your students.

Grossmont Union High School District’s Camp LEAD (Leadership for Equity & Access District-wide) allows students to take part in a series of activities designed to foster leadership skills and improve understanding & respect between students. Through focused dialogue, experiential learning and self-reflection, students develop skills to discuss issues that can be difficult to address in everyday life.  Camp LEAD prepares students to take on leadership roles and not only succeed, but excel across a wide range of environments.

Camp LEAD students


What students are saying...

"Camp LEAD was an experience that changed my life. It allowed me to open up to not only myself, but to others and it allowed me to understand the real me. I am forever grateful for what it did for me, and for the people I met along the way."

Alex Easland, 11th Grade (Valhalla)

May 2011


"Camp LEAD isn't your ordinary leadership camp. It is a program that not only brought awareness of the many adversities others are faced with into my life, but also taught me more about my life in one weekend, than I had learned in my 16 years. The spirit of Camp LEAD is so unique and it follows you back into your school when you return home. Seeing a friend you made at Camp, is like seeing a long lost family member, and the feeling you get from attending this Camp can only be understood by experiencing it."

Mary Gannon, 11th Grade (Valhalla)

May 2011


"Camp LEAD has taught me that we all have a story, nobody is perfect. We all need support from someone. Camp creates a safe community in which I feel comfortable talking about things I have never talked to anyone before. I love Camp LEAD."

Mayra Soto (Grossmont)

May 2011


"I used to be an Arian and hate everyone but when I shared a bunk with a black student it changed my opinion. I am now passing 1st with an A, 2nd with a B and I couldn't have done it without Camp LEAD and all your support. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to the Student Staff Training and this has changed my life for the best."

Jeremy B., 11th Grade (El Cajon Valley)

September 2009


"Being part of Camp LEAD as a regular kid was an amazing experience. I met a lot of nice people that I get along with. At the same time, I learned about -isms. In the past, I was never necessarily a person to offend others on purpose but I would joke around a lot. I was really careless about the things I said and Camp LEAD taught me this is not a good thing. Jokes can offend people even though I don't mean it and no one says anything.

I watch what I say now. I'm willing to better myself and I am trying to influence others to take the path I have chosen. I am still a fun loving guy who loves to make jokes, but I try to filter out the ones that are offensive to others. My experience at Camp LEAD changes who I am for the better!"


Raymond M., 11th Grade (Mount Miguel)

August 2009