Annual Student Leadership Camp gives students tools they can take to their schools

(Ryan Casey/

FORT COLLINS — More than 400 students are in attendance at the annual CHSAA Student Leadership Camp this week, which seeks to equip them with leadership skills they can take back to their schools.

This year's camp, held on campus at Colorado State University, is the 54th in the history of the Association, and it officially marks the start of the 2018-19 school year for CHSAA activities.

The camp seeks to give its attendees skills they can use throughout the school year, and touches on topics like diversity, self-evaluation, team-building, technology and how to build leadership programs. The campers also share ideas and best practices on things like school dances, pep rallies, school spirit, and more.

On Tuesday, the CHSAA administrative staff visited the camp and met the the 18 student representatives who have been elected by their peers to provide leadership across the state. These representatives will serve on a variety of CHSAA committees, and volunteer at state championship events, among other duties.

CHSAA assistant commissioner Ernie Derrera is the camp’s coordinator and director, and Rashaan Davis, the advisor at Eaglecrest High School, is the curriculum director.

This year's Fall Conference for student leadership will be held at Arvada West High School from Oct. 12-13.