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 keyleader@newenglandkiwanis.org


Key Leader 2023

Date and Location TBA.

Registration is now closed.

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.

What is included?
The cost includes Dinner on Friday night; Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on Saturday; and Breakfast and Lunch 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 a low-ropes course with trained staff from the camp.  Snack and water at 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.

​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
  • Low-ropes course
  • Lessons in the five core values of Key Leader
    • Personal Integrity
    • Respect
    • Personal Growth
    • Building Community
    • Pursuit of Excellence

Registration will open in summer 2023.

  1. Register below
  2. Registration will close on [deadline TBD] unless we hit capacity before then.
  3. All participants will receive an email with needed forms and a supply list.
    (Please note there is a special place on the Medical Form giving parental permission for their child to participate in the Low Ropes Course – this part needs to be signed by the parent. Two places need parental signature on this form.)
  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.)

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