Leadership Camp

McCallie's Leadership Camp offers rising 8th and 9th grade boys an opportunity to live on the McCallie campus and be part of a select group of talented, intellectually curious peers who want to make the most of their abilities and learn to use those abilities to influence others in a positive way. Post campers and alumni who attended leadership camp have come to know it as CLC (Character, Leadership, and Community).

What is Leadership Camp? “Think Outward Bound meets nightly TED Talks,” says Duke Richey ’86, Howard Baker Chair of American History. Over the past 11 summers, Leadership camp has turned into a program that, “Boys and parents describe as life changing,” said Dr. Richey, who has served as camp director for the past seven years. Read more about the program here.

If you are selected to be part of the program, you can expect to deal with issues that are important to our future. You will collaborate with leaders in fields that shape our environment and our communities. You will combine high-level classroom challenges with hands-on, real-world experiences.

2024 Leadership Camp Dates:

Sunday, June 9 – Friday, June 21


Grades: Rising 8th – 9th; boys

The value of the Leadership Camp is $3,000; however, all accepted participants will receive full merit scholarships.

Camp check-in:
Check-in: Check-In at the Rotunda between 12:30PM - 1:30PM

  • The Infirmary Staff will help with check-in on Sunday, June 9th. 

Drop-off Location Sunday:  Sports and Activities Center Rotunda

Camp check-out:
Founders Dorm, Friday 10:00 AM

(All times are Eastern.)

What if you could be part of a summer program that would challenge you to make the most of your gifts and talents — that would stretch your mind, engage your heart, and spark your imagination?

What if you could experience living in a residential community of highly talented, highly motivated young men?

And what if you could have this experience at no cost?

For more information about the selection process, please complete our inquiry form or contact David Hughes at 423-493-5628 or dhughes@mccallie.org.

The Application Process

The McCallie Character Leadership Community program is for boys who have exhibited academic excellence, extraordinary character and demonstrated leadership. Admission is selective and competitive.

To apply, you’ll need the following:

  • A recent photo of the applicant
  • A short video of the applicant – less than a minute, please – letting us know why he’s interested in camp, what he’s most interested in or passionate about, and something he’s done lately that he’s especially proud of.
  • Two teacher recommendations
  • Copy of academic transcript from the two most recent academic years
  • Standardized Testing information – Current results from one of the following: ACT, SAT, SSAT, ISEE, ERB-CTP, PSAT, or PLAN

When you click the link below, you’ll be taken to the application page, where you can provide the names and email addresses of both your nominator and recommender. You will also be able to upload school transcripts and standardized test results.

We consider completed applications on a rolling basis. There is not a deadline for application, but we encourage you to submit an application as early as possible to ensure adequate time for review.

Click here to Apply!