The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Academy

The West Virginia Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Academy is an annual, 6-day residential summer program for teenage citizens from throughout the State.  The Academy seeks to deter risk-taking behavior patterns by introducing the participants to recreation alternatives and educating them on the negative consequences of drugs, alcohol, and violence.  The Academy provides our youth with the leadership skills necessary for them to go back to their home communities and help others deal with these challenges.  The Academy also encourages participation in citizenship activities and teaches responsibility. The Academy does require a certain amount of physical activity during the week. However…The Academy is for mainstream youth and is NOT a juvenile “boot camp”.

The Academy offers a challenging, educational, and fun summer camp experience!!

Academy Staff

The Academy staff consists of Sheriffs, Deputies, community volunteers, the WVSA Executive Director, registered nurses and medical staff.  The staff includes both women and men.  Emergency medical personnel are also at the Academy throughout the week.  Each first time participant, or cadet, becomes part of a “district” under the guidance and leadership of junior and senior counselors who have previously attended the Academy.  Boys and girls stay in separate cottages with other cadets, counselors & staff.

Dates & Location

The 2018 WV Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Academy is scheduled for July 15-20, 2018 and will be held at Camp Ona, Ona (Cabell County) West Virginia.  Once set, participants arrive after lunch on Sunday, July 15th, and depart for home in the evening on Friday, July 20.  A graduation ceremony ends the Academy week on Friday.

Eligibility & Fees

All applicants must be enrolled in either a West Virginia public or private school.  First time applicants, or cadets, must be completing the 8th grade and expected to be entering the 9th grade in the Fall of 2018.  The Academy is open to both male and female students who qualify in accordance with the WV State Board of Education Extracurricular Activities Participation Rule.  Cadets must have attained at least a 2.0 on their most recent grade card.  The fee, which covers the entire week of activities, food, lodging and t-shirts is $75.00 for each camper.  Please note the change in camp fee to $75.00.


The application to attend the 2018 WV Sheriffs’ Youth Leadership Academy can be found here, by clicking the “Camp Application 2018” and the application period is now active.  DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS IS MAY 15, 2018!  Applications postmarked after that date will not be accepted.

Click below link for the 2018 Camp Application.

Camp Application 2017