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C5 Leaders Summer Sessions

C5 Flint and Lantern Year

Located in Ashby, MA, Camp Lapham is home for the first and second year of the Crossroads C5 Leaders Program. Beginning as rising 8th-graders, youth attend Camp Lapham for 25 days during the summer. While there, C5 Leaders develop and practice their leadership skills through various experiential activities and workshops designed to support participants in learning how to lead both themselves and others in their communities. We work to continuously challenge participants to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and find their voices as changemakers for the future.

Camp Lapham offers a variety of traditional camp activities, such as sports and games, a climbing wall, boating, and art, while also providing various experiential activities and workshops that support participants to develop their leadership skills and voices.

Enrollment for the C5 Leaders Program at Camp Lapham is completed through a competitive nomination and application process. Beginning the summer prior to the start of their 8th grade year and culminating at the end of their senior year, the C5 Leaders Program requires a five year commitment.

2023 Session Dates
Session A
Sunday, June 25 – Wednesday, July 19
Session B
Sunday, July 23 – Wednesday, August 16

C5 Hammer Year

Hammers (Grade 10) in our C5 Leaders program test their leadership skills on a 7-day wilderness trek hiking, rock climbing, cooking over campfires, and more. The trip provides real challenges and real consequences as teens make decisions, solve problems and learn to work together effectively.  The session begins and ends at Camp Lapham where Hammers have an opportunity to prepare for and debrief from their Trek experience.

2023 Session Dates
Session A
Wednesday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 19
Session B
Thursday, July 20 – Thursday, August 3
Trek with NOLS: Monday, July 10-Sunday, July 16 Trek with NOLS: Tuesday, July 25-Monday, July 31

C5 Compass Year

Each summer, our Compasses (Grade 11) participate in a weeklong Road to College Tour, which they help plan during the school year. On the tour, they get a feel for college life and the application/financial aid process. Our teens get to participate in classes, meet current students and professors, and check out campus life in dorms and dining halls!

2023 Session Dates
College Tour A
Sunday, July 9 – Friday, July 14
College Tour B
Sunday, July 16 – Friday, July 21

C5 Medallion Year

Our Medallion (Grade 12) Class 12th participates in the  A.C.T. Now Summit (Actively Change Tomorrow) each summer, consisting of workshops and training around community action in their own communities. Teens meet people who are making a difference, explore solutions to the unique problems faced by their communities, and plan their class’ year-long Medallion projects.

2023 Session Dates
ACT Now Summit
Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30