Teen Self-Leadership & Pre-Teen Camp


JULY 21 - 28, 2024 
(3:00 pm SUNDAY 7/21 to 12:00 PM Sunday 7/28)


this year's theme:

connect to yourself, connect to others!



Are you ready to challenge your Emotional Intelligence, aka "EQ"?

Take a fun EQ Test here, and join

BYA Signature Youth Camp 2024 to help improve your EQ score!

The BYA Teen Camp is a week-long, overnight camp for youths aged 13 through 17. The goal of this camp is to help teens build mindful self-leadership skills and strengthen their emotional intelligence (EQ) through various activities including community compassion projects, challenge courses, leadership workshops, and problem-solving games, as well as lessons about life-balancing choices, stress-coping skills, and time management techniques.

This specially designed camp prepares teens for the future, offering them the opportunity to explore their own emotions, understand the emotions of others, and develop healthy relationship skills. The BYA Teen Camp will help your children build meaningful relationships with others and become stronger individuals, preparing them for the future.


Canoeing * Archery * Rock Climbing * Rope Courses * Fun Hiking * Cooking * Survival Games * Leadership Workshops * Communication Seminars * Multi-Cultural Activities * Music * Drama * Arts & Crafts * Painting * Stress Coping Skills * New Techniques of Relaxation * Time Management * Yoga * Integral Taichi * Meditation * Mindfulness



During the same week as the BYA Teen Camp, additional sessions will be available for preteens and young teens aged 12 through 14 to help them deal with their specific and age-appropriate emotional, mental, and physical concerns. 

Preteens at the age of 12 may choose to register for the Cool Kids Camp or participate in this special Pre-teen Camp session depending on their interests, mentality, and/or physical maturity. This is a very unique stage of youth development in which we recognize that they need specific attention and care, so youths aged 12 have this freedom of choice.


"Mindfulness practice as a path of self-compassion, inclusivity, and community."

What we plan to deliver & what we hope you gain from this BYA Teen Camp:

  • Learn proper self-care and self-leadership skills, such as:

    • When to say YES and how to say NO to peer pressure

    • How to stay in control of your emotions instead of letting them control you

    • How to use mindfulness practice to develop EQ, improve our inner strength, and keep cool!

  • Learn how to care for others to create a peaceful community, such as:

    • Why/when EQ matters more than IQ in terms of life happiness

    • How to cope with stress related to school, family/friend interactions, and social expectations

    • How to discover your unique potential and develop self-confidence, empathy, motivation, and effective social skills

According to Dr. Marc Brackett at Yale Center for EQ, "feelings are a form of information," like "news reports" from our bodies.  Through EQ, we can learn how to access that insider information, so we can make the most informed decisions and nourish happiness!



General Camper Fee: $450 - includes cabin accommodation, food, t-shirt, prizes - all soft skill training and program activities are inclusive and offered as a free service from our volunteer staff, wellness professionals, and Dharma teachers.

Memorial Day Special Youth Camper Registration by May 31, 2024: $400

Returning Youth Camper Special: $400

Financial Assistance may also be provided to families in need: from $50 to $400 max per camper (apply during registration by June 30, 2024)

Scholarships may be available for qualified individuals with outstanding academic performance and community engagement/contribution, also first-timer.  Click here for info.

We're working hard to find ways to raise money to cover the camp fees, so that as many families as possible can afford to send their children here. Our core staff, camp counselors, wellness professionals, and Dharma teachers are all volunteering their time and effort, so that we can provide this valuable resource at a reasonable price. We're hoping that through our hard work and generosity, we can help to nurture the children's emotional needs and help create a future generation of good individuals.

Homestay Option for Out-of-state Campers: if you need help with local transportation for your children to attend the camp, we do have a limited number of local BYA parents who have offered to pick up your children at the airport, house overnight if needed, drop off at camp, and take them back to the airport at the end for a nominal fee. Please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.


Registration is available NOW!


 Once you have completed registration and submitted the required deposits, you may use Zelle to send the remainder of your camp fees to us and save on the additional processing fees.  Our Zelle email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.