Future Leader Camp is a military style leadership-adventure program designed for high school students and accepted applicants to Norwich University. Students participating in athletics, community service, church, the workplace, scout troop, Junior ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, Sea Cadets or other youth leadership organizations will benefit from FLC. The program especially benefits those who are considering attendance at a Federal Academy, Senior Military College, or those applying for an ROTC Scholarship. Norwich University is the nation’s first senior military college and is situated in the heart of ski-country. The 1200-acre campus is located in the village of Northfield, 10-miles south of Montpelier our state capital and one-hour from the Burlington International Airport (BTV). The goal of FLC is to instill the basic principles of teamwork, leadership, and effective communications while enhancing in each a sense of self-confidence, self-respect, and self-discipline. This is accomplished using a combination of adventure, wilderness & survival training, group discussions, team challenges, physical fitness training and revolving leadership positions. Training concludes with a 3-day “in the woods” overnight exercise where the team’s individual and collective skills are put to the test during the Bushmaster Survival Course. After a Drill Competition, Olympic Challenge Course and Skit Night, participants spend the day before graduation relaxing at Lake Elmore. On the final day, families are invited to attend graduation in recognition of an exceptional group of young people.
Counselor Instructors are Cadets or students at Norwich University. All staff members are First Aid certified and trained to teach the camp curriculum. They are paired with Assistant Instructors (AI’s) who are previous attendees of FLC and have been selected to serve in these positions by the Program Staff. The Senior Staff include experienced professionals with a background in leadership, logistics, administration, and training in both the military and private sectors. Certified Instructors are hired to teach and oversee training in their respective field of expertise.
FLC participants are issued uniforms to facilitate a safe training environment and create an air of camaraderie and discipline. The Green Mountain Medical Clinic is located across the street from Norwich and provides sick-call services during normal business hours. Central Vermont Hospital is located fifteen minutes from campus and provides medical care after hours and on weekends. All Staff carry first aid kits and are Basic 1st Aid, CPR and AED Certified.
Requirements: High school students, both male and female, who will enter the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade after the completion of camp and accepted applicants to Norwich University may apply. Applicants should possess a 2.5 GPA or above. To be considered students must complete the application process, which includes:
- Application w/ a $25 non-refundable fee
- Letter of Recommendation
- HS Transcript
- Medical Release & Waiver Form
- Health Acknowledgement Form
- Copy of Insurance Card
Complete applications are reviewed when received and a decision will be made within five business days. Prospective participants will be notified by email.
When considering Future Leader Camp please know this program is not a Military Boot Camp for disciplinary problems.