Leadership Project

The Details

Leadership Project (LP) is a summer investment designed to help students grow in their personal relationship with God and learn how to impact others for Christ. The purpose of the Leadership Project is to deepen their relationship with Christ, get equipped to share the Gospel and to build relationships with their peers. Students from The College of Charleston, The Citadel, Charleston Southern, and Coastal Carolina are all welcome! 

Interested in joining us or learning more about this opportunity? Apply below.

For Parents

At Campus Outreach, it is our desire to come alongside you in your student's spiritual growth and development. We love college students, specifically your student, and we aim to create a summer option that enables your son or daughter to develop not only spiritually but relationally, financially, and in all other walks of life. We want you to be excited your student is attending the Leadership Project, so if you have any questions, thoughts, or feedback we would love to hear from you!

We thank you for your commitment to your student. We believe that the Bible is clear that a son or daughter is to honor his or her parents; therefore, we ask all students to have a discussion over the Leadership Project with his or her parents.


The Leadership Project (LP) is living, playing, working, and learning with other college students for nine weeks in Orlando, FL. Each student works a full-time job and participates in evangelistic outreaches, Bible studies, discipleship groups, ministry training, and other activities throughout the week. This challenging schedule creates an environment for students to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as well as develop ministry skills and leadership qualities.

Campus Outreach Charleston is a ministry to college students in the Charleston area. Campus Outreach Charleston was founded under the supervision of East Cooper Baptist Church with the vision to build laborers on the campus for the lost world to the glory of God. Through evangelism and discipleship, we passionately reach students with the Gospel and train them to be mature followers of Christ with a commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. Our desire is to see students leave college passionate about Christ and equipped to labor in the harvest fields for a lifetime!

Students from The College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, The Citadel, Charleston Southern, and Trident Tech.

Originally called the Summer Training Project, Leadership Project has been in the Myrtle Beach area since 1997, and the first summer project sponsored by Campus Outreach was in 1983. Each Campus Outreach region, including Charleston, hosts a summer project for students in different cities across the country as well as short-term projects internationally.

The Campus Outreach staff take the safety of your son or daughter seriously. LP has several policies designed to safeguard participants. There is also a curfew each night to ensure students are not out too late: 11pm during the week and 12am on weekends.

Campus Outreach staff work with each student to coordinate traveling accommodations. Each student is welcome to bring his or her car if they would like. Students with cars will carpool to work and other desired destinations. Because of this courtesy, we ask the students without cars to help with gas throughout the summer.

Campus Outreach rents a hotel that acts as our project grounds each summer. Students will live at the hotel. There are typically 4 students sharing a room. Each room has a bed space for each student to sleep, a shared bathroom, and other accommodations necessary for living.

The Leadership Project incorporates a job into its design because of the invaluable learning experience that teaches students responsibility, dependability, and exposes them to the real world through a job.

We do not require students to have a job before arriving at LP. Prior to the summer, staff secure jobs for most students. Nevertheless, students are ultimately responsible for securing those jobs once they arrive at the Project, but we are there to help them through this process.

Support raising is asking individuals, families, and churches to invest in a student for their summer experience of growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Support raising helps offset the expenses of the project. Raising support can be a great way to cover the costs of the project as well as a great way to let others participate in your student’s summer experience of growing in their walk with the Lord.

The cost of LP is $2,500. This price includes rent, one meal per week, social events, and other program costs for the project. Wages earned from working can be used to pay for project, for personal savings, or to help pay for college expenses after project is over.

Money a student earns while working during LP can cover the costs of the project and more to help towards the upcoming school year. Most students will earn $12-15/hr working during the summer. We strongly recommend that students raise tax-deductible donations that go toward the cost of LP, enabling them to save more for the fall term.

The Leadership Project is the most intentional opportunity Campus Outreach Charleston provides for students who are interested in growing deeply in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We intentionally train students in how to study the Bible; how to talk about their faith with friends, family, and peers; how to be a leader; and how to create and manage a personal budget, along with other practical skills. There is no other time in a student’s life where they get to live, work, and invest in peer relationships like spending 8 weeks at the project.

Yes, parents are always welcome to visit their students, assuming it does not interfere with the goals of the project. There is a special weekend during the LP where families are invited and encouraged to visit. Once your student has committed to LP look for an email regarding parents weekend where we host different programs catered to parents so that they can get to experience a small portion of LP.

Most importantly, you can pray for them.

  • For a sincere love for Christ. (Ephesians 3:14-19, Philippians 1:9-11)
  • That they would grow as Christ’s disciple and shine as a light in the world. (Romans 12:2, 1 John 2:15-16)
  • That they would grow in Christ’s likeness in love, faith, and good works. (John 13:34-35, Romans 4:20-21)

Please email the staff member closest to your student, or contact a Campus Outreach staff at the school they attend. If you have an urgent question for our office, call (843)856-3222 or email Shannon Sweatt at shannon.sweatt@campusoutreach.org

How can you help? Support a Student

Help support a student by giving! We desire for everyone to have the opportunity to go on Leadership Project and through your giving, it makes it possible for them to attend!