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Outdoor Living Skills Academy (OLSA) -  Rock Climbing in Minnesota

9th - 12th Grades
$600/Camper   June 4 - June 17
OLSA is an intensive two-week program where participants will live, sleep, and eat in the outdoors! During the first week, campers will learn from our staff all they need to know for outdoor living through lessons geared to enhance leadership and outdoor living skills. During the second week, campers will take a week-long trip to Minnesota to learn the basics of rock climbing, and practice all of their new camping skills in the field! 

Leadership Challenge & Buckaroo

9th & 10th Grades 

$590/Camper   June 18 - July 1

During this two-week overnight program, campers begin to define themselves as leaders at camp and in life. Activities include team challenges, studying mentoring styles, developing citizenship through service learning, and interacting as role models with younger campers. Buckaroos spend half their time at Herman’s Ranch and the barn developing their teaching abilities and horse knowledge, as well as increasing their own riding skills.

​*Campers go home each Saturday and return the following Sunday.

Apprentice & Wrangler

11th & 12th Grades 

$615/Camper   July 5 - July 29

The Apprentice and Wrangler program at Camp Hantesa is a service-oriented, four-week program that readies high school students for leadership roles both in and outside of camp. Every Apprenticeship includes a week-long outpost trip, this year backpacking in Shawnee National Forest, and a week-long live-in experience. The remaining weeks focus on developing leadership, communication, and program delivery skills by observing and assisting our seasonal staff and through formal lessons and activities. The Wranglers will spend half of their time working in our equestrian programs while Apprentices will spend their time learning about our day camp and traditional resident camp programs.

**There is no camp on July 4th

Optional Overnight

$70/Camper    July 15, July 22

If you're lucky enough to be joining us for multiple weeks in a row, you can select an optional Saturday to Sunday overnight in your registration. Campers utilizing the optional overnight will stay on site with qualified staff members and continue the camp fun until sign-in on Sunday. 

Teen Leadership