"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams
Exploring what it means to be a leader
What does it mean to be a "leader"? To have power so you can boss others around? Or to be a role model who encourages others to do their best? To exploit privileges or to help with the tough jobs? To come and go as you please or to be dependable? To lecture or to converse?
Campers will have the opportunity to explore these questions and more in the Camp's Campers-In-Leadership-Training (CILT) program. This program is available only to returning campers 14 and older who attend sessions of two-weeks or longer. The application will become available in the Spring through your online camp account.
As a CILT, you'll be paired with a younger bunk group and will be mentored by that bunk's counselor, spending time with that bunk one meal per day and during several evenings when younger campers are processing the day's events and discussing tomorrow. You'll also be given significant responsibility in an activity area (which you'll help choose). You'll assist program staff most days, starting with camper orientation and clinics, program set-up, facilitation, and clean-up.
Your training will begin Friday two days before the Sunday start of your session. During these two days, you'll head into the backcountry with our staff for several training sessions where we'll also work on team building among all the CILTs. Then, you'll regularly meet with staff during the session to discuss your challenges, successes, and the insights you've gained.
When not participating in CILT-specific activities, you can choose activities as you would normally, keeping in mind that you're expected to be a continuing role model by displaying a positive attitude and behavior that's consistent with the expectations of all CILT members, using positive language, fully participating, and contributing to an atmosphere of physical and emotional safety at all times for other campers and staff.