Key Leader

What is Key Leader?

Key Leader is a weekend experiential leadership program for today’s young leaders. This life-changing event focuses on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience. A Key Leader will learn the most important lesson of leadership—it comes from helping others succeed.

Participants begin by attending a Key Leader conference, which is a weekend retreat. Large and small group workshops, discussions and team-building activities take place over the course of the weekend. Students have opportunities to learn leadership skills that will help them to change their schools, communities, and world for the better. While exploring leadership in a whole new way, participants will make amazing new friends and have experiences they will never forget. Positive, ongoing interaction with other Key Leader graduates offers continuing reinforcement, encouragement and growth of leadership skills.

For more information, please contact District Chair Danielle Cook at [email protected]

Key Leader 2024

October 18-20, 2024
Camp Sunshine
35 Acadia Rd.
Casco, ME 04015

Registration is now open! Deadline: September 27, 2024.

Who may attend?
Key Leader is open to all students in grade 9-12.  You do not need to be a Key Club member to attend.  We do not limit the number of students per school unless the camp is at capacity.

Schools are strongly encouraged to send a chaperone with their students when attending Key Leader.

What is included?
The cost includes Dinner on Friday night; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Saturday; and Breakfast on Sunday, as well as all other necessary materials (book, pens, markers, and etc.), lodging for two nights (Friday and Saturday), the Lead Facilitator, and team building activities.  Snacks and water are also provided for the participants.

What should I expect?
Students should arrive between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM on Friday.  Dinner will be at 6:00 PM.

Housing at Camp Sunshine consists of suites with five beds and a shared bathroom. Students may indicate preferred roommates on the registration form below. Male students and female students will be housed separately.

​The weekend includes:

  • Team Building Activities
  • Seeing friends you know and making new friends
  • Learning a lot about yourself
  • Learning a lot about Service Leadership
  • Having a lot of fun while learning
  • Lessons in the five core values of Key Leader
    • Personal Integrity
    • Respect
    • Personal Growth
    • Building Community
    • Pursuit of Excellence

Registration is now open!

  1. Register below
  2. Registration will close on September 27 unless we hit capacity before then.
  3. All participants will receive an email with required forms and a supply list in September. **If you do not receive an email confirmation of your registration, please try registering again or email [email protected].
  4. Students who attend all sessions will receive a certificate of completion.
    (A suggestion: Have your students give a copy of their Key Leader Certificate to their Guidance Counselor. Ask to have this Certificate added to their school record.)