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Leaders in Training

Future Leaders

Grades 8 - 9

This hands-on program is specifically designed for rising 8th and 9th graders to provide leadership training that is targeted for future camp counselors.

This program serves as a bridge between camper and counselor. Leaders in Training (LIT) will work alongside counselors and campers to learn important skills needed to be successful as future camp staff members.

Individuals who participate in this program will benefit from direct one on one mentor feedback to help grow specific leadership skills, such as building relationships with campers, time management, problem-solving, crisis management, behavior modifications and interventions, group ice breakers, time management, and the importance of a growth mindset in the work environment.  LITs will learn to receive feedback and reflect on how to make improvements.

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Program Details

Rising 8th and 9th Graders

Two Week Programs:

Session 1: July 8 - 19

Session 2: July 22 - August 2

Candidates will apply for this program beginning Feb. 1st. Applicants with outstanding applications will be offered an interview.

Up to 8 candidates will be selected per session to allow for smaller cohorts. LITs MUST be able to attend all 10 days of the program in order to be considered.

 

LITs will only be selected for 1 of the 2 sessions.

Cost: $450 for 2 weeks

(2 Week Coupon does not apply)

Application opens:

Feb. 1st

Rolling interviews and Offers

Are you the right match for the LIT Program?

  

Successful LITs have the following skills and qualities:​

  • LITs have a growth mindset and use feedback to learn and build their skill set to be future camp counselors.

  • LITs are mature and able to take initiative.

  • LITs are independent and willing to work hard to support both campers and staff.

  • LITs are able to successfully communicate with both campers and staff.

  • LITs have strong interpersonal skills that they will use to build relationships with both campers and staff.

  • LITs are eager to enhance the camper experience by being a positive role model.

  • LITs are able to take direction from staff and complete tasks with focus and attention to detail.

  • LITs understand they need to put camper and program needs before their own in order to best represent the camp mission.

Application opens:

Feb. 1st

Rolling interviews and Offers

Program Schedule

  • LITs will spend half the day assisting and shadowing staff, while the other parts of the day will be targeted training with our LIT Director.

  • LITs will be instructed on specific leadership skills and then spend time practicing those skills in activities with campers.

  • Mentors and staff will give feedback specific to skills being practiced.

  • LITs will return to their cohort group to reflect on their practice and discuss how they will make modifications the next day.

  • During the 10 days, leadership training will occur less frequently.  As LITs learn and practice skills, they will gradually be released to spend more time assisting staff and campers.  The goal is to move the LITs from guided practice to independence by the end of the 10 days.

  • LITs are observed throughout the program by all staff they interact with during the 10 days.

  • Ultimately we want all LITs to be successful. We set a very high bar for performance and only those LITs with positive attitudes, maturity, and growth mindsets will be invited to return as CITs the next year.

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