Summer Camp Program Teaches Teens Leadership Skills

Meeting time: LIT participants gather around the conference table.

SUMMIT, NJ - One of myriad camp offerings at the Summit Area YMCA this summer, the innovative Leaders in Training (LIT) program provides rising 9th graders, ages 14 - 16, an opportunity to obtain the tools they need to enter the working world and become leaders in their community.

Teens are provided with weekly leadership and job professionalism training including resume building, CPR / First Aid training, and preparing for an interview. They are also placed in several camps throughout the week to learn from -- and work with -- experienced Y counselors, and participate in weekly field trips with other campers as part of their counselor training.

The LIT program teaches participants the important skills required to work with children in an accredited YMCA camp setting. Participants meet for two-week sessions and are mentored and supervised by camp counselors, who they assist in leading activities for campers.

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The training provided addresses any concerns and situations that an LIT participant may encounter in camp life, including discipline and group control, safety and awareness, being a role model, and creative planning.

Evaluations are conducted and feedback provided at the conclusion of each session. 

For more information on the Leaders in Training teen camp, visit, or contact Julie Wagenblast at 908-273-3330, ext 1140.

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