Leaders In Training (L.I.T)



The Leaders in Training (LIT) Program is a special opportunity for 13-15 years old to learn skills needed to work with children in a YMCA camp setting. LIT's are mentored by camp counselors and assist in providing activities to campers in a safe & well-supervised environment.

Unlike counselors, LIT's are always supervised by staff when working with campers. Time is also put aside for LIT's to learn and practice new leadership skills and in-service training will be held during the session. Training will cover concerns that LIT's encounter in camp life such as:

  • Discipline & group control
  • Safety & awareness
  • Being a role model
  • Creative planning

L.I.T. Responsibilities -

Participants in the L.I.T program work under the same ground rules as all staff members. L.I.T. participants are responsible for the following:

  • Arrive at camp at least 15 minutes before camp starts to sign in.
  • They provide meaningful assistance while they are in camp.
  • They are well-groomed.
  • They act in line with YMCA ethics, values and standards.
  • They use only appropriate language or gestures.
  • They do not criticize the camp, campers or staff openly - but share constructive criticism during evaluation sessions with staff and follow the proper chain of command.
  • They always treat children well.
  • They refrain from having personal visits or making personal phone calls during camp hours.

Registration in the program is on an application basis only. Once applications and references are reviewed, applicants may be called for an interview. Registration materials will be forwarded only upon acceptance into the program.

How to apply:

Applications for the Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) program are available for anyone age 13-15. The LIT program requires an application, interview and a $50 registration fee. Once accepted, the LIT will undergo the same training as our camp counselors for $50 per week. Pick up an application at the front desk at the Child Development Center. Deadline is May 4.

Leaders In Training (LIT) Program -
Ages: 13-15
Fees: $50.00/week (Financial Assistance is available)

To apply for the L.I.T. program, contact Abby Lowe abby.lowe@decaturymca.org or call 217.872.9922 ext. 120

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