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Leadership Development Program


At Homegrown Lacrosse, we believe that leadership goes beyond giving directions; it’s about one life positively influencing another. Leadership skills are essential for success on and off the field. Whether it’s leading a team through adversity, setting a positive example, or rallying individuals around a cause, these skills are crucial for developing well-rounded leaders.

Our Leadership Development Program (L.D.P.) provides high school and college-aged volunteers with a unique opportunity to coach alongside our Senior Staff and local coaches at various events throughout the year, with a major focus on our summer camps. During these camps, counselors lead groups of 6-10 youth players, gaining practical coaching experience and confidence. This hands-on experience helps counselors develop a deeper understanding of lacrosse and essential life skills such as relationship-building, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

Our Senior Staff provide ongoing mentorship, guiding L.D.P. counselors through their development of character, confidence, and community as leaders and coaches. One of the most rewarding aspects of the program is the lasting relationships formed, not only with campers but also with fellow peers and coaches. 

We are dedicated to shaping leaders through experience, mentorship, and a commitment to continuous personal growth. In the Leadership Development Program participants not only enhance their lacrosse IQ, but are prepared for success in all aspects of life. Those who participate are equipped with the skills to make a positive impact on players, peers, and their local communities. Join us in making a difference.

Candidate Qualifications

To qualify for the program, applicants must: 

  • Age 15+ (during Summer Camp in July)
  • Have prior experience playing lacrosse
  • Have a passion for working with youth athletes
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive environment

Responsibilities & Program Requirements

  • Complete all necessary training before the start of camp
  • Be on campus during all hours of camp operation during the selected week (*see dates below)
  • Provide individualized instruction and support to athletes under their supervision
  • Cultivate positive relationships between campers on and off the field using numerous relationship-building techniques 
  • Lead progressive warm-ups, skill sessions, games, and off-field reflections within the expectations and guidance of Homegrown Senior Staff 
  • Communicate effectively with Homegrown Senior Staff & Camp Staff
  • Complete Final Leadership Exit Questionnaire

Potential Outcomes

  • Greater confidence coaching and mentoring youth 
  • Enhanced creative leadership
  • Improved communication and relationship building with players, coaches, and peers
  • Refined critical thinking and problem solving
  • More efficient time-management
  • Increased lacrosse I.Q. 

2024 Summer Camp Dates

  • Youth Day Camp (July 8 - 11)
  • Middle School Overnight Camp (July 15 - 18)
  • High School Overnight Camp (July 22 - 25)

Location: University of St. Thomas

2024 Training

Training attendance is required for all LDP Counselors. If counselors are not able to attend, they are responsible for learning the covered material on their own time.

Date/Time: June 25, 2024, 9 am - 1 pm
Location: O'Shaughnessy Education Center (OEC) @ the University of St. Thomas

Center for Healing and Justice through Sport (CHJS) training: 

  • Content: Sports-based youth development, socioemotional learning, promoting peer bonds, creating a growth environment, and more

On-campus logistics training:

  • Content: Schedule review, campus tour, logistics of camp, tips & tricks of being a camp counselor

2024 Application Is Open! Application Deadline: May 31, 2024

2024 Stipends

We are excited to offer volunteer counselors a stipend for their service at camp. To receive the stipend, the counselor must meet all the requirements listed above.

Training Chart - Per Week

Years of LDP Service 0-2 years 3-4 years 5+ years
Rising College Senior $350 Senior Staff* Senior Staff*
Rising College Junior $350 $350  Senior Staff*
Rising College Sophomore $300 $350 Senior Staff*
Rising College Freshman $250 $300 N/A
High School $200 $250 N/A

*Pending Homegrown Staff member approval

Kyle Fuller

Kyle Fuller

Head Program Director

Phone: 651-955-1704

Testimonials From Past L.D.P. Counselors

"My favorite part of the leadership development program is being able to play and coach the sport that I love all day, every day. There isn't really anything else like it, where boys and girls from literally all ages get to be together for a week and eat, sleep, breathe, lacrosse. The community and atmosphere is so great and that's why I come back!" - Annie Dorelien (2023 L.D.P.)

"Being a part of the L.D.P. program has helped me not only with my social and leadership skills, but also my problem solving skills on and off the field. And of course it was lots of fun." - Christopher Tornell (2021 - 2023  L.D.P.)

"Being an LDP Counselor taught me different ways to motivate others. Throughout the summer I was able to learn about different types of leadership and practice these skills with the help of the Homegrown Senior Staff." - Thijs Larson (2017 - 2019 L.D.P.)

"I was given more responsibility which allowed me to grow into the role of a more active leader." - Sam Hauser (2016 - 2019 L.D.P.)