Camp Challenge: Summer Leadership Program

Camp Challenge, the Academy’s summer leadership development program, was established in 2010. Open to both middle and high school students, Camp Challenge develops campers' confidence, teamwork, and integrity, among other leadership skills.

A unique aspect of Camp Challenge is that it is the only Summer Leadership Camp west of the Mississippi River where students can be awarded a full high school elective credit.

Who Attends Camp Challenge?

Camp Challenge is open to young men and women from all over the world. The camp experience has gained attention both in the U.S. and abroad, giving campers the opportunity to make friends with students from throughout the U.S. and world. 

Middle School Campers attend Camp Challenge Jr., a non-credit producing camp. These campers have a leadership experience very similar to the upper-level camp, including team-building activities, a community service project, and development of leadership skills.

Program Features:

  • Development of leadership skills including self-confidence, team-building, 
  • Military structure to develop accountability, discipline, and respect.
  • Enhancement of high school transcripts and college applications.
  • 24-hour on-campus security and supervision.
  • Full access tour oceanfront campus facilities, including a state-of-the-art gymnasium, cafeteria, library, media center, recreation center, swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic field, and private beach.

What to Expect:

  • Development of leadership skills
  • Team-building exercises
  • Increased self-confidence
  • New friendships

Looking for more? See these photos from last summer.

Ready to Apply?

Contact Michael Basista, Camp Challenge Admission Counselor, by email or at 760.547.5288.

Session Details

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A Day at Camp Challenge

Curious what your days will look like as a Camp Challenge camper? Here's what you can expect:

  • Team-building activities
  • Leadership education and training class
  • Physical training
  • Drill and ceremony practice
  • Recreation time
Camp Challenge and ANA

Are you considering applying to Army and Navy Academy? Camp Challenge offers a glimpse into life at ANA. 

In addition to getting to know our facilities and instructors, campers who complete Camp Challenge have several advantages:

  • Official cadet record attesting to the successful completion of JROTC course
  • Promotion to Private First Class for completion of LET I; or, the next-higher rank for completion of LET II.
  • New Cadet Orientation credit (for Cadets in grades 10-12 who will attend the Academy in the fall)
  • 180 hours of Leadership Education and Training credit
  • Physical and Health Education credits for Cadets who complete LET II
  • Community service credit

To learn more about the transition from Camp Challenge to ANA Cadet, please contact the Office of Admission.