What is Key Leader?

Key Leader is an annual service leadership education program hosted by Kiwanis International and offered to all high school students (this includes Key Clubbers, KIWIN’S, and even any high schooler not a part of Key Club). Key Leader is a once in a lifetime experience, and ALL Key Clubbers are invited to attend, whether you are an officer or a general member!


[South] Camp Cedar Glen

Where? Julian, CA

When? October 14th-16th

Contact: Geoff Tobias and Valerie Hofheins-Crawford

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Registration: OPEN NOW! Go HERE

You must be registered and fully paid by October 1st

Requests for refunds must be made by October 4th.


[North] Camp Jones Gulch

Where? La Honda, CA

When? November 18th-20th

Contact: Russ Williams

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Registration: OPEN NOW! Go HERE.

You must be registered and fully paid by November 1st (or before spots run out).

Requests for refunds must be made by November 4th.


What do you do at Key Leader? 

Activities may include archery, rock climbing, hiking, a field day, team-building activities, leadership talks, and general sessions. Downtime is scheduled into the weekend where attendees can play board games, write friendship notes and sneak them into other’s mailboxes, and most importantly, bond with members from Key Club, KIWIN’S, and Kiwanis!!

For more details, take a look at a past agenda


Why Key Leader?

Key Leader is just as exciting and beneficial as DCON, RTC, OTC, and even Fall Rally! There are so many reasons to attend: 

  • Out of CNH’s main District events, Key Leader is the only event where you can meet and bond with KIWIN’S for an entire weekend. It also allows for deeper interactions with Kiwanis.

  • Key Leader takes place in the middle of the mountains, so you have the opportunity to experience outdoor activities unlike any other Key Club event (think 6th grade camp)!

  • Key Leader combines the social and educational aspects of a Key Club event where you can grow as a leader AND build lasting friendships

  • By attending, you will gain recognition for District event attendance for the Member Recognition Program.

  • Key Leader builds upon core values such as personal integrity, personal growth, respect, community building, and the pursuit of excellence. These skills will benefit you beyond Key Club and beyond high school!

  • You don’t need to worry about missing school! Attendees are not expected to arrive until 4-6pm on Friday. 


How Can You Pay for Key Leader?

Key Leader costs $250 to attend Camp Cedar Glen, and $275 to attend Camp Jones Gulch. This includes all meals, lodging, and other materials offered at the camp. It is important to start saving now, but there are also many other options to pay without taking money out of your own pocket! 

  • Contact your home club President for financial aid/fundraising opportunities

  • Ask for a sponsorship from your sponsoring Kiwanis Club

  • Pick up household chores, wash the car, mow the lawn! 




Other Resources

Flyers: to distribute to your club members virtually or physically

Graphics: to repost on your Division or Club Instagram

Key Leader RTC Presentation: HERE