Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy

Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy


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Just as Marines must develop their leadership skills through a commitment to training and education, future leaders must do the same. Attending the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy (SLCDA) sponsored by the United States Marine Corps exposes students with leadership potential to a variety of speakers, training exercises and Marine Corps character and leadership-based fundamentals that can contribute to their future success.

Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy Details:

Students selected will be chosen from a wide variety of backgrounds and invited to attend the week-long Academy held in Quantico, VA. Over the course of the week, they will be challenged to step outside of their comfort zone and to strengthen their confidence and leadership skills. They will hear from notable leaders from around the country, such as entrepreneurs, Holocaust survivors and Marine Corps Officers. They will be surrounded by a diverse range of students from around the country. Physical fitness will also be emphasized through physical training and scenario-based reaction courses. While those who complete all the events successfully will graduate, this is just the beginning. The goal of SLCDA is to return students back to their communities more confident, selfless and better equipped to improve the lives of those around them.

Program Requirements:
  • Have completed your sophomore year in high school and be 16-18 years of age by the program start date (July 16, 2017)
  • Have strong academic achievement
  • Perform well on the Initial Strength Test
  • Be active in community service
  • Possess leadership traits
  • Must be in excellent overall health
  • Possess strong moral and ethical standards

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