All of One Heartland’s programs seek to provide youth with opportunities to develop the skills that will help them grow into strong leaders. For participants ages 16 and 17 interested in more intentionally developing their leadership skills, job skills, or the skills needed to work at camp in the future, One Heartland offers a two-year progressive leadership program, with the second year building upon the year before for participants who complete both years.
Step 1: Leaders-In-Training (LIT)
Leaders in Training (LIT) is for participants ages 16 or 17. As an LIT, you’ll gain valuable leadership skills that will prepare you to work at camp or in another future career. Go behind-the-scenes and see what it takes to keep camp running smoothly, learn interview and job skills, and spend your second week showcasing what you’ve learned while shadowing a staff member and helping lead their cabin. Our LIT program is open to participants who are eligible for Camp True Colors or Camp Heartland, as well as past One Heartland campers from other populations. To be accepted into the LIT program, there is an application that must be completed by the participant as part of the regular registration process.
Step 2: Junior Counselors (JC)
Junior Counselors (JC) is for participants age 17, who have completed LIT. (Applicants with One Heartland experience who have completed a LIT/CIT program with another camp will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
JCs build on their LIT experience as they take the next step in their camp leadership journey! As a JC you’ll go through a mini version of our staff training, and then continue to develop your skills by being fully immersed working alongside One Heartland’s summer staff in your choice of area(s). JCs receive a stipend for participating in the program.
Participants interested in JC must complete this application and an interview. If accepted to the program, they will then receive information on how to register for camp.
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