The experience of a  lifetime experienced by over 35,000 students since 2005!

Leadership Development

Life-Changing Experiences

Lifetime Friends

Find us on Facebook at  Key Leader Indiana District


What is Key Leader?

Key Leader is Kiwanis International’s leadership education program for students ages 14-18.  The Key Leader mission is to provide a life-changing experience that inspires young people to achieve their personal best through service leadership. This youth leadership program is gold-seal sanctioned by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.


Register here

The Key Leader program is built on five essential principles:

  • Personal Integrity:Doing the right thing
  • Personal Growth:Developing in mind, body, and spirit
  • Respect:Showing consideration for self, others, and property
  • Building Community:Developing relationships to achieve positive goals
  • Pursuit of Excellence:Expecting and achieving the best


Who can attend a Key Leader Event?

Events are open to all students ages 14 to 18, regardless of whether or not they are already part of a Kiwanis service leadership program. There is no limit on the number of participants from the same school; however we do have an overall limit of 70 registrants.

What is the schedule for the weekend?

Students will arrive for registration from 4 pm to 6 pm Friday and depart after 11:30 am on Sunday.   Please note that attendance is REQUIRED for the entire event – Friday through Sunday.  All lodging, meals, and activities are at the event site during that time and are included in the Registration fee.  Check out the Key Leader sample weekend agenda here.

What happens at a Key Leader weekend?

Students engage in large and small group activities, with a combination of lectures, videos, discussion, low ropes course, team building, and interactive activities. The weekend will offer a lot of fun with new friends!

Which adults will be present during the weekend?

A professional Key Leader facilitator will lead the event. This facilitator brings to the program excellent experience working with young people and has successfully completed a nationally recognized training course on the curriculum. In addition to our lead facilitator, Kiwanis provides trained adult volunteers to coordinate the logistics and supervise students.  Kiwanis requires a comprehensive background check for all of the adults who will be present for the weekend. Additional chaperones may attend at the cost of $150 per adult. Kiwanis background checks can take up to 4 weeks to complete, so all adults should register by October 3, if there is not a Kiwanis background check on file within the last 2 years.  If you register as an adult and do not have a current background check on file, you will receive an email from Tammy Minor, Indiana District Secretary, with instructions on getting a Kiwanis background check completed.


Are there student leadership opportunities during the event?
Students who have attended a Key Leader event previously may apply to be student facilitators.  If you register as a Student Facilitator, you will receive an application via email from Rebecca Mapes, Site Coordinator. The fee for student facilitators is $75 upon approved application.  Students will be notified within one week of completing the application. If a student is not selected to participate as a student facilitator, they are still welcome and able to register for the camp at the approved rate for the time when they submitted their facilitator application. Please do not complete a standard registration form as a Student Participant until after you have been notified of your status.


How much does it cost?

Regular Rate                        $125
Student Facilitator                $  75

Note: You can often get help with financial support and transportation from your local Kiwanis Club &/or Key Club


Where can I find more information about Key Leader?

Go to to learn more about the program and see videos from events held around the world.

Send questions and comments to Steve Ingram, Key Leader Chair, at or Rebecca Mapes, Site Coordinator at


                    Register here


What happens after I register?
You will immediately receive a confirmation of registration email at the email address provided.  A few weeks before the camp, you will receive a detailed packing list, a community values form, and medical release form.  The community values forms and medical release forms must be completed and BROUGHT WITH YOU TO CAMP TECUMSEH on Friday.