Junior Leadership Program

The 2018 online application is now available. Application materials will be due on April 15.

As part of NOAA Science Camp, the Junior Leadership Program (JLP) is designed specifically for teens entering 9th–12th grades in the fall of the coming school year. The program aims to provide hands-on learning experiences in youth leadership, communication skills, team-building, and scientific research. Up to 20 teens work together with NOAA scientists and professional science educators over the course of the two-week program. The Junior Leaders participate in a variety of engaging activities that develop their skills as leaders, teachers, marine scientists, and give them unique exposure to marine-related careers.

Unlike for the middle school program, we ask prospective Junior Leaders to apply to the program. Because space is limited, we ask prospective participants to invest a little time into telling us why they think they would benefit from participating in the Junior Leadership Program. Applications require two adult recommendations and are due by the stated deadline. Applicants are notified of acceptance in mid-May, whereupon registration and payment are due.

The Junior Leadership program is directly integrated and run concurrently with our camp programming for middle schoolers. This multi-year, multi-level program is intended to prepare its Junior Leaders to potentially return as camp staff in the future or to pursue other interests in the marine sciences.


The Basics

  • Who: Teens entering 9th–12th grades in the fall of the coming school year.
  • Where: NOAA’s Sand Point facility on Lake Washington, 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle.
  • When: July 9–20, 9a.m.–4p.m. (excluding weekend). Please note: Unlike NOAA Science Camp, the Junior Leadership Program is a two week session. This is a day camp program only.
  • Cost: $400 plus online registration fee. Scholarships are available. Please submit a scholarship form with the rest of your application materials.
  • How: Interested participants should complete their application online, which is due no later than April 15, 2018. Applicants are required to submit two references; the reference form is available here or you may download the form from within the online application. These must be submitted by April 15, 2018.

Questions? Contact Maile Sullivan, 206.543.2822, noaacamp@uw.edu for more information.