Clovis West Instrumental Music Leadership Camp

Leadership Camp is one of the most amazing experiences you can be a part of while in the Clovis West Instrumental Music Program. This is an annual tradition for selected CWHS Band, Orchestra & Colorguard students. It is a life-changing three days!  

Camp is open to all current 9th-11th grade CWHS Band, Colorguard and Orchestra, students. Applications to attend Leadership Camp will be made available in May of each school year. Selection will be based on student's attitude, character, written application and leadership potential as observed by directors and staff during the school year. 

Camp is also open to PARENTS! While the parents will serve in a chaperone role, they will also be full participants in the camp experience as well. Space is limited. Please indicate on the student's application if you are interested in joining us at camp. 

Hope you can be a part of this amazing experience! 

• What is Leadership Camp?

The Clovis West High School Instrumental Music Department Leadership Camp is a team building & character skills camp with an emphasis on building trusting, lasting relationships with fellow students, directors and staff. Students go through a series of carefully planned activities that challenge them both physically and emotionally. Campers work through a very busy schedule of activities over the course of the three days.  Some activities included are a ropes (challenge) course, counsel group activities, mini-sessions, hikes, skits, and of course...lots of knockout! 

• Who can go to camp?

Leadership camp is open to all Clovis West Band, Colorguard, and Orchestra students after their freshman year. It is recommended that each student in our program consider attending camp sometime during their high school career. Which year to go is best decided by the student and parent based on that students needs.  It is our hope that leadership camp is one of the most rewarding experiences a student can have while in the band program.

• When is camp?

Camp is the first weekend after Labor Day in September. 

• What kind of supervision is there at camp?

Students are chaperoned by six to eight (or more) directors, parents and staff while at camp. 

• Where does camp take place at?

Leadership Camp is held at Sierra Outdoor School in Sonora, California. It is a CUSD-owned property located approximately 3 hours north of Fresno. 

• Where do the campers sleep?

Students are housed in cabins at the Sierra Outdoor School.  Girls and Boys are housed in separate buildings located at different places on campus. 

• Who prepares the food while the students are at camp?

The Sierra Outdoor School is fully staffed with a first class kitchen crew preparing well balanced meals to the campers. They serve some of the finest food to be found at a camp. Special foods can be prepared for diabetic or vegetarian campers.

• What does it cost to attend camp?

The cost of the trip is $225 per student and includes all transportation, meals, lodging, and instruction. Inability to pay for the trip does not exclude you from being able to go to camp and will have no bearing on whether or not you are selected to attend. We will work with any student/family who has a financial hardship.

• What rules apply to the students while at camp?

Students will adhere to the Clovis West High School Code of Conduct. While the students are at camp they fall under all the expectations that apply when they are at any Clovis West High School function. All Clovis West Instrumental Music Guidelines and Policies are also in effect. 

Students Taking Medication

Students need to bring their medications the morning of departure in the original pharmacy container, all collected in a plastic bag and be given to the assigned Med-Parent. They will keep all medication and make sure they are given at the appropriate times. If a student has a change in their medication status, the white medication form needs to be updated and a new form signed by their physician! 

Leadership Camp Donations

Thank you for your generous donations to help make this camp experience possible!


Plan to arrive at the CWHS Bandroom at 7:30am on Saturday of camp with all of your luggage. We will depart shortly thereafter. We will be back to CWHS/Fresno approximately 4:30pm on Monday of camp. 

Release Forms

A release form that must be signed by everyone going to camp, including the adults. This is what will allow you to participate in the ropes course activities. I have no way of collecting them before you come for camp, so please make sure you bring them with you! You only need to bring the signed page. 

Lunch on the way home

We’ll be stopping in Merced for lunch on the way home, please make sure you bring ($) for food!

About Sierra Outdoor School

Visit their website:

Take a look if you'd like to learn more! There is also a link above to see more pictures. 

Packing List

From the Sierra Outdoor School Website: The following is a list of clothing and equipment that will insure your personal comfort while you are at Sierra Outdoor School. We suggest that you plan to bring either a bedroll or a sleeping bag, and one suitcase or a duffel bag. Be certain to bring these with you on the day you come to Sierra Outdoor School. All clothing and property should be labeled with the owner's name and school. Please bring your older clothing that you don't mind getting dirty.


• Sleeping bag  

• Pillow  

  •  Jeans or long pants (recommended for both boys and girls) 
  • Shorts - it will be hot out! 

• Shirts (one with long sleeves)  

• Underwear  

• Socks  

• Pajamas  

• Shoes (tennis shoes or light hiking boots - open toed shoes are not allowed

outside, only in the dorms)  

• 1 jacket or heavy sweater with hood  

• Raincoat, poncho, umbrellas or large plastic garbage bag for rain protection  

• Gloves and hat in cold weather  

• Toiletries to include: comb, soap (there is no hand soap in the dorms) in

plastic container or plastic bag, shampoo, 1 bath towel, 1 hand towel (no

paper towels in the dorms), 1 wash cloth, toothbrush and toothpaste, small

box of facial tissue, chap stick  

• 2 or more pencils  

• 1 plastic garbage bag for wet or dirty clothes  

• Canteen or water bottle (any refillable bottle will do)  


($) for lunch on the way home 



• Battery operated alarm clock (there is no wake-up call)  

• Camera  

• Postcards, stamps, paper, envelopes  

• 1 pair flip flops (for shower)  

• Baseball cap or straw hat (for sun protection)