LEAD Camp Academy

Train-the-Trainer Program for Camp Professionals

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Become a LEAD-credentialed instructor and certify camp counselors and staff in 4-hour Camp Mental Health, in your camp or outdoor recreation community.

LEAD’s Camp Mental Health Certification (CampMHC) introduces camp counselors and staff to the risk factors, warning signs, and prevalence of mental illness in adolescent campers. CampMHC is the nation’s first early intervention certification tailored to summer camp and outdoor recreation settings.

Through interactive discussion, role-play activities, and an ABC action plan, LEAD empowers camp professionals to respond to signs and symptoms of mental illness in non-crisis situations and to connect campers to appropriate professional support in crisis situations.

After being certified in Camp MHC, participants are empowered to:

  • Recognize the difference and relationship between mental health and mental illness at camp.
  • Promote camper mental health and model proactive self-care strategies for campers.
  • Apply a three-step action plan to both crisis and non-crisis mental health situations.
  • Connect campers and camp professionals to camp-based, self-help, and professional resources.

Participants do not learn to diagnose or provide therapy or counseling.

How is it Different Than Youth Mental Health First Aid? Topics related to mental illness and unique to the camp community, such as medication vacations, homesickness, and social media withdrawal, are also introduced to participants in a 4-hour, rather than 8-hour format. By the end of the course, each participant leaves with a personal toolkit featuring tangible self-care strategies to promote mental health in their own lives and in the lives of other campers and staff. This means that LEAD will empower participants to maximize their camp’s existing mental and physical health resources, many of which are likely being paid for and grossly underutilized.

Additional Information for Camp Directors:
  • LEAD-credentialed instructors can extend the length of CampMHC to five or six hours to provide extra time to practice applying the ABC Action Plan to crisis and non-crisis situations and to emotionally debrief with participants.
  • If 75% of staff are present at the Camp Mental Health certification (CampMHC), both the participants and the camp receive certification. Moreover, the camp receives a framed certificate to display in their office, as well as a digital CampMHC Badge to display on their website and marketing materials. If less than 75% of staff are present, each participant receives individual certification.

LEAD’s Camp Academy provides instructors-in-training with free and unlimited access to LEAD’s three Allyship e-certifications to ensure CampMHC is taught in a culturally-competent, trauma-informed, and inclusive way (30+ Hours of FREE PD).

LEAD’s Allyship E-Certifications include:

  1. Tip of the Iceberg: BIPOC Mental Health, Cultural Humility, Anti-Racism, & Allyship
  2. Love is Love: LGBTQIA2S+ Mental Health, Inclusion & Allyship
  3. Triggered: Trauma-Aware, Sensitive, Responsive & Informed Care

After completing the Camp Academy, at least one Allyship E-Certification per year, and one virtual MHC Instructor Practice Session, instructors-in-training receive their CampMHC teaching materials, a comprehensive Instructor Manual, a framed certificate, and free continuing education from LEAD HQ.

Learn more about the LEAD Academy and our instructor credentialing process.

Your Instructor

Kyrah Altman
Kyrah Altman

Kyrah J. Altman's story of social entrepreneurship began at nine years old. As a result of growing up in a broken home, she began experiencing severe post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in middle school. While mental illness followed her throughout adolescence, she channeled her struggle into the founding of a social enterprise called Let's Empower, Advocate, and Do (LEAD), Inc.

In 2016, Kyrah won $32,500 of seed funding in the George Washington University New Venture Competition as the only competing college female and freshman student. Since 2012, Kyrah has been featured in the New York Times, on three national television stations, and was named the nation's 3rd best student entrepreneur by the EO Global Student Entrepreneurs Award.

Today, Kyrah is the CEO and co-founder of LEAD, Inc. Since its founding, LEAD has transformed into the industry leader in mental health education in the United States. Altman resides in her home state of Massachusetts to be near her younger siblings. She travels the world, speaking about the impact of social entrepreneurship on trauma survivors, the importance of proactive mental health education in schools, and the idea that "while not everyone has a mental illness, everyone can improve their mental health."

Why wait? #LEADnow!

Investing in your camp counselors' mental health, well-being, and coping skills is the most critical and rewarding investment your camp will make in its lifetime.

Want even more? Visit LEAD’s Camp Resource Page for exclusive, FREE access to previously-recorded live mental health & DEI-related webinars, guides, blogs, and tools for summer camp professionals.

Course Curriculum

  Introduction to Your LEAD Camp Academy
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  Camp Mental Health Certification (CampMHC)
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  Closing to Your LEAD Camp Academy
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Courses Included with Purchase

Tip of the Iceberg: Racism, Mental Health Disparities & Cultural Competency
10-Hour, Self-Paced Course for Youth-Serving Adults
Kyrah Altman
Love is Love: LGBTQIA2S+ Mental Health, Inclusion, & Allyship
15-Hour, Self-Paced E-Certification
LEAD, Inc.
Triggered: Trauma-Informed, Sensitive & Responsive Care
10-Hour Self-Paced E-Course
Kyrah Altman

Original Price: $2,074

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

DISCLAIMER: By registering for this course, you understand and agree that LEAD, Inc.’s courses are supplementary only and in no way replace present workplace training processes. LEAD, Inc. assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for fully and completely teaching you, which obligation rests solely with you or your employer. You will indemnify LEAD, Inc. from any action, suit, or proceeding based upon any allegation that you have not been properly or adequately trained.

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