Leader in Training – Camp Backcountry

Does your high school student want to spend the summer and/or their school breaks adventuring outdoors, teaching and playing with kids? Our Leader-in-Training program gives high school students training, mentorship, and real-life experiences to sharpen their organization, social, and responsibility skills. LITs earn volunteer hours along with first-hand professional experience.

Key Leaders In Training Information

  • Ages 14-17, entering 9th – 12th grade
  • 8:50 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.
  • Slots are competitive: a letter of interest must be submitted prior to registering
  • LITs must commit to a minimum of two weeks in the program
  • All of our LITs walk away with 70+ hours of community service 
  • The Camp Director will write a personalized letter of recommendation for 17 year-old LITs, if requested
  • Sleep under the stars at the LIT-only Campout!
  • Before & After Care and Camp Shuttle available

Apply for Leader In Training

  • How to Apply: Each interested LIT is required to write a letter of interest to the Camp Director prior to registering. The letter of interest must include the following in order for an LIT to be considered for the program: why you want to spend your summer/break as an LIT, what and how you will contribute to our LIT program, what unique traits you will bring to your peer team, and how you think the LIT program will be beneficial to you. LITs must be formally accepted into the program before they may register. Slots are competitive and will be filled on a rolling basis. 
  • Off-Season 2020-2021 LIT Program: LITs that participated in our summer 2020 program may register for any of our off-season sessions during the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • Summer 2021 LIT Program: Letters of interest for the summer of 2021 will be accepted starting December 1, 2020, and letters will be reviewed starting in January. The program closes and letters will not be accepted after April 30, 2021. Slots are filled on a rolling basis and may fill prior to April 30.  

Submit Letter of Interest

Upcoming Leader in Training Camps

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