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CTD Academic Summer Camps at Northwestern University

Summer Leadership Intensive at Northwestern

Grades 6 - 8

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Residential and Day Camp Options at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

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Week 1: July 14 to July 19, 2024
Week 2: July 21 to 26, 2024
Week 3: July 28 to August 2, 2024

Tuition Summer 2024
Residential Camp: $1,650
Day Camp: $910

Financial aid available for qualified students.

Learn. Grow. Lead.

In the Leadership Intensive series, students examine traits and practices of leadership, assess their personal strengths and style, and learn from leaders across professional fields. Courses promote skill-building and socially responsible leadership where students put their strengths into action.

Summer Leadership Intensive at Northwestern University is a one-week course available through CTD's 6-12 Academic Summer Residential and Day Camps. See here for details on application, eligibility and tuition.

Why Choose a Summer Leadership Intensive at Northwestern Course?

Collaborate with classmates, engage in experiential hands-on activities, and build habits as an independent learner and leader. Explore diverse topics and vibrant communities as you reflect on applying your strengths and talents to consider new ideas in your leadership development.

Benefits Include:

  • A pre-college level asset-based curriculum that promotes self-reflection and goal-setting
  • Opportunities to develop communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills through in-person facilitated team building activities
  • 1-week Summer sessions to fit your schedule on Northwestern University's campus

In addition to Summer Leadership Intensive at Northwestern, the Civic Education Projects offers a diverse range of Online Leadership Intensive courses year-round; learn more here.

Curriculum Overview

Courses in the Leadership Intensive series focus on skill-building, exploring concepts within the practice and study of leadership, and a deep dive into subject-area specific topics. View sample syllabi to learn more. 

Leadership Intensive Curriculum Components

Class Meetings
Examine course themes and concepts through academic research and topic-focused activities designed to build your skills. Dialogue with peers to identify diverse viewpoints and consider new ideas in your leadership development.

Speakers & Meetings with Community Partners
Meet with government, business, and nonprofit leaders at the top of their fields to hear their experiences and paths to socially responsible leadership as you explore surrounding communities.
*Off-campus meetings are specific to course topics. All in-person meetings will adhere to CTD and Northwestern University COVID-19 safety protocols, in support of CDC guidelines; see details here.

Build communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills with classmates through instructor-led activities.

Our Leadership Intensive courses draw from a diverse student body, and our inclusive class communities honor multiple perspectives and interpretations of leadership. Courses are appropriate for students at various comfort and skill levels, and instruction will be tailored to meet students of diverse backgrounds and talents.

Campus Life and Community

For details regarding living on campus, daily schedules, and Covid-19 health and safety practices please visit here.


All students receive a detailed narrative evaluation after completion of the course. The evaluation provides feedback on the student’s achievements in the course and outlines areas for further growth. Evaluations are sent via e-mail and able to be accessed via MyCTD.

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"I grew so much and I think students who take these courses will help define the next generation of leaders."
– Leadership Intensive Student

Get Started on Your Leadership Journey.

If you have found the program and course for you, we’d love for you to apply.

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