Editor’s Note: All this week and through the middle of the next we’re focusing on a series of blogs about the emerging Leaders-In-Training Program slated to begin in the summer of 2019. These blogs (and a Facebook Live event on February 7, 2018) are mostly geared toward parents looking into the program and addressing some of your questions. We encourage you to share the information with your campers so you are all on the same page. Please keep in mind that the program is still 18 months off and not all aspects of the program have been finalized. In addition to today’s blog, others include:
- LIT Update 2018: Why Be an LIT?
- What an LIT Summer Looks Like (Details Still Developing)
- Beyond LIT — What Comes Next? (Tuesday, Feb. 6)
- Facebook Live Q & A With Elizabeth and Casey (Wednesday, Feb 7, 8pm)
Also, please note that this blog (and in some places on the other blogs in this series), we use a lot of “Ghany lingo” — terms campers and alum will be familiar with, but folks new to us, or parents/guardians who never came to camp, might wonder what certain things mean. If you’re at all confused, just ask your camper. If she can’t answer, e-mail me. And finally, in an upcoming series we’ll be looking at our programming across different age cohorts, to explain in more detail what those groups doing during that summer, eg., “Midway summer,” etc.
LIT 2018 Update: What Does Summer 2018 Look Like?
At the time, I mentioned that while it is definite that the program is coming, and that it has a mission and set objectives, I also wrote that it was an evolving program and that, at the time, we were in an initial planning stage that was far from specifics.
Later I offered an update to that initial announcement, and an “evolving FAQ” about the program, and then this week, the most recent update: What an LIT Summer Looks Like (Details Still Developing). I hope this information has been helpful and that learning about it as we go has offered you some insight (and participation) on our development process.
And here we are today — after the results of our parent surveys and much feedback from potential participants and their families, along with other stakeholders — ready to share with you the next concrete steps of our planning.
The program is still a full year and a half from launch, but since its first year will affect campers this summer — summer 2018 — we wanted to offer more insight into how that will look. On February 7, 2018 at 8pm ET we’ll host a Facebook Live Event for parents and campers to listen in, ask questions, and learn more.
But your first stop — really a mandatory stop before tuning into the Facebook Live Event, is to read our new blog series linked above.
By the time of the Facebook Live we will have written four informational and easy-to-digest blog posts giving you more details about what’s going on. This should help shape your questions, concerns, suggestions and, we hope, even some praise. Actually, we’ve already gotten some very positive feedback and we thank you for that.
So, what will this summer look like?
What’s Happening for 14s, 15s, & 16s During Summer 2018?
Unlike most future summers, Summer 2018 will be the final camper summer for both 15s and 16s. In the future, it will just be the final camper summer for 15s who will then have the opportunity to go on to LIT the next summer where they won’t really be campers anymore (even though they’ll still live within the heart of the camp experience), they’ll be Leaders-In-Training!
This summer, our 16s will experience no major change from what’s been done in the past – you’ll get/do everything you’ve come to expect from a 16 summer, with one minor exception that you’ll be a Hopper for two weeks instead of three (details below).
However, Summer 2018 15s will experience a change in that you’ll jump right over to having what is essentially a 16s summer this summer.
And what about 14s? You will be bridging the gap from Midway to Upstart all in one summer!
Is There an Upstart Class?
Yes, 16s will have Upstarts every day at 4:10, 15s will have Upstarts every day at 3:10, and 14s will have Upstarts every other day with the Midway Mom at a time to be determined.
Do we get to Hop?
Yes, campers who choose to be Hoppers (our version of Dining Hall wait staff) do get to do so with the one exception being that 16s will Hop this summer for two weeks instead of three! The Summer 2018 Hopping schedule will look like this:
- Week 1: 16s and 15s (who want to hop)
- Week 2: 15s and 14s (who want to hop)
- Week 3: 14s and 16s (who want to hop)
Do 16s get our Day Off?
Yes, as usual 16s will have their 16s Day Off, and this summer 15s will have a 15s Day Off, too! These will be on separate days.
Will Upstarts go to the In-Town Play?
Yes, 15s and 16s will go to the Play together, as usual. Fourteens will have a separate night out — and we’re still planning that fun event!
Evening Activity (aka “16s’ Surprise”)
Both the 16s and the 15s, separately, will plan their own Evening Activities for all of camp to enjoy. This is still in the works, but it could be planning any type of Alleghany evening activity, including a Campfire! One will be led by 16s, the other will be led by 15s, and both ages will participate in each other’s Evening Activity as a part of the whole camp.
We Love Our Tee Shirts!
As in past years, this summer’s 16s will have their red SIXTEENS tee shirt with a nickname and number on the back. The 15s will also have have a red tee shirt, but it’s a FIFTEENS tee with a nickname and number on the back. During our FB Live event we will show you a real life version of the new FIFTEENS tee, so stay tuned for that.
Babies Boats and Candlelight Campfire
Unlike in past years, this summer both 15s AND 16s will sit around the inner ring of the fire wearing all white for these two events, 15s on one side and 16s on the other. Both groups will also line the road at the end of each of those events.
Each color team will vote on their captains from a pool of both the 16s and the 15s. There will be the same total of two Senior captains for each team for Summer 2018.
Tea with Bonnie
Both 15s and 16s will have their own separate teas with Bonnie, held, as usual, during an Upstart class session on the Cottage porch.
A Word about 14s
Just like last summer, this summer’s 14s will continue to bridge the gap between Midway and Upstart in 2018, and then in 2019 will have their final summer as a camper.
In this sense, the 14s of 2018 will really have most of the same opportunities and events that a traditional 15 would have, since 2018 is their second-to-last summer as a camper. This includes, as mentioned above, a night out, a leadership class every other day, a chance to Hop, and more!
Leadership Dinner at Camp Greenbrier
Customarily this is just for 16s. So for Summer 2018 this will still be just the 16s, but in the future it will be part of the LIT program. This means that the following summer, Summer 2019, our inaugural LIT class will have the Leadership Dinner at Camp Greenbrier. In other words, this summer’s Fifteens will do it during Summer 2019 when they’re LITs and all future LITs will do it their LIT summer.
We hope this gives you a better idea of how this upcoming summer will look for our 14s, 15s, and 16s.
In the final blog in this series, we’ll look at the piece of the LIT Program that speaks specifically to the development of skills for applying to and being a Junior Counselor as well as ways the LIT Program will help its “graduates” in multiple facets of life beyond camp counseling.
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls