Leaders in Training Program: Ages 13 – 14

LIT @ MKDC – Perth’s ORIGINAL Camp Leadership Program!

Maple Key’s LIT program is designed to help young teens develop into responsible, caring young adults, while providing the campers with positive role models to assist them in their personal growth at camp. This is not cheap childcare for your older child – it is a progressive, exclusive program that requires a serious commitment – but the rewards are unmeasurable.

The Role Of An LIT Is to:

  • take part in daily hands-on training in a variety of leadership skills, including public speaking, conflict management, communication skills, and team building
  • learn skills specifically related to working with children, including behavior management, age group characteristics, and activity planning
  • “shadow” counselors and begin to experience leadership firsthand
  • work as part of a team to make camp a happy & safe place for kids

Benefits of Being An LIT:

  • have fun and learn important life skills in an exciting camp atmosphere
  • enjoy all of MKDC’s awesome camp activities
  • 4 hours per week (for a total of 32 hours) of formal classroom training in job related skills
  • experience in a job-like environment
  • a “foot in the door” to possibly becoming a future counselor at Maple Key
  • learn valuable skills that are applicable to home, school, and future employment
  • gain work experience for your first resume
  • receive a detailed final evaluation that can also be used as a letter of reference

Due to the progressive nature of the program, Leaders In Training must commit to attending a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks. (Studies show you can’t really learn something unless you practice it – no one becomes a leader in a week!) Successful LITs will receive an invitation to return as LIT II, CIT or Jr Counselor (depending on age and performance) for the following summer. A limited number of LIT positions are accepted each summer and applications must be approved by the camp director.

Preference will be given to applications from those who…

  • Have attended Maple Key consistently as campers
  • Are able to commit for the full summer season
  • Took advantage of leadership opportunities at camp during their final camper year
  • Have demonstrated leadership in other areas of their life (school, church, extracurricular, etc)

Please note: LITs are still considered campers in every way, other than in the nature of their programming. They do not perform the duties of staff, but will assist staff during their “shadowing” time.

LITs are our future leaders and serve as role models to our younger campers, and we take that responsibility very seriously. Appropriate behavior is extremely important at all times. Any LIT who, in the opinion of camp staff, does not behave in a manner that becomes a future staff member, will be asked not to continue in the program.

Note: To be eligible to start the LIT program you must be 13 years old by the start of camp.

To register as an LIT, please send both the LIT Application and the Registration Form. Successful applicants will be asked to pay the LIT fee, which covers staff, training, insurance and materials (binder, t-shirt, etc).