2018 LEADS Summer Program

The Third Annual (LEADS) Program 

Join us for the second annual Leadership Experiences in Agricultural Development & Sciences (LEADS) Program. This is a USDA grant funded program that provides leadership and experiential learning activities for high school students (junior & seniors) and community college students. Participants are engaged in a 5-day camp, where they will participate in exciting hands-on educational activities, field trips to agribusinesses, field and lab activities, campus tours and much more!

Lunch will be provided daily for camp participants. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from campus. 

Download 2018 LEADS flyer.

Special Attractions:

  • Early registration is $25 before April 27, 2018
  • Registration fee will be $35 after April 27, 2018
  • Scholarships are available
  • Daily prizes are available
  • Explore the world of agricultural science  
  • Satisfy your community service or work experience requirements


High School Students: June 11-15, 2018. Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Community College Students: June 18-22, 2018. Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, CA


Register for the 2018 LEADS Camp

Camp Form:

Download and complete the release form and bring it on first day of camp:


Please contact us with any questions


Comments from LEADS Summer Program Participants:

Alexandria Tyler, Modesto Junior College (2017): "Summer LEADs Camp was a great experience! They covered a wide range of interests in the Ag department. From people that are interested in the animal sector all the way to people that want to fly drones for agricultural purposes. I feel that this is a great opportunity for people that want to work in  agriculture but are not quite sure what sector they want to work in yet."

Dakota Browning, Merced College (2017): "It was much fun meeting new people and being able to see what Stan State Agriculture has to offer. I recommend exploring the Agriculture Industry through the LEADS program within Central Valley, as well as memories that will last a lifetime."

Garrett Wade, Pitman High School (2016):"This program was truly an amazing experience that opened my eyes to more career opportunities. It was a great networking opportunity and I would definitely recommend this camp to other students."

Ryan Brewer, Pitman High School (2016): “Overall, it was a very informative experience. I learned a bunch about the industry and opportunities that are available through Ag. I would definitely recommend it to others.” 

Sarah Baskins, Merced College (2016): “At first, when I heard about the LEADS program, I was hesitant to want to take that much time off to attend a small summer conference. But looking back now, I am very glad I did. If you have the opportunity and time, I highly suggest taking the week to participate in this fun learning conference. You'll gain so much from it”