I’m excited to announce the coming of a new Program beginning in Summer 2018 that will both bring our camp into alignment with what a great many of our peer camps already offer as well as strengthen our commitment to the positive growth and development of all of our campers at each of their stages in camp.
The new program is called Leaders-In-Training (LIT), and it will be the new program for our 16-year-olds beginning in 2018.
The Administrative Team has been discussing this new program for a while, and we’re thrilled about what it means for our future Leaders-In-Training themselves — not only the extra fun they’ll have in their already fabulous final summer before counselorhood approaches, but the new opportunities they’ll enjoy with this program, and the advantages being in such a program will mean for the whole of their lives — not just at camp, but in school, their families, in jobs, groups, relationships, and more.
We’re confident that our camp parents will also see the great benefits that Leaders-In-Training affords their daughters at a critical stage of their development.
We’re so excited!
Going forward, I’ll describe this new program as it comes into more shape and form, including how it will offer wonderful new opportunities for our Upstarts and Midways. Currently Upstarts are 15s and 16s. But with the 16s getting their very own program, now our Upstarts will be our 14s and 15s. That also means that the Midway Program will just be for 13s, a bridge summer to the greater responsibilities and opportunities of the Upstarts such as being a Hopper and “Upstarting,” which is taking care of the Junior Campers while their counselors are on time off.
You can rest assured that I’ll explain more about all of this in two upcoming blogs later this week.
But as you can imagine, even with many models of Leaders-In-Training already out there, since our program is not set to launch until 2018, we’re in the very beginning stage of fleshing it out and so only have light details to provide at this time. Please bear with us — and send your uplifting and positive vibes — as we work on its finer points over the coming months and year!
We’re sure you’re eager to learn more about what we’re exploring for the LIT Program (and how it will re-focus other camp programs) and so we thought we’d begin a new blog series on it that will keep you up-to-date as we move along.
Generally speaking, since it takes time to develop a meaningful and well-considered program with the depth and breadth of an LIT program, we’ll probably only blog specifically on it about once every three months or so. If a new details unfolds, like a new building for the LIT Lodge, or we’ve nailed down what we’re looking for in the LIT Staff Leader, or maybe something about a proposed volunteer component, then we’ll blog about it to give you a taste of the emerging plan.
But we do have a few details right away so we thought we’d kick off this blog series with three blogs in a row (all this week) that will give you a little peek behind the curtain about how we got here, and what our thoughts are so far.
Today’s introduction is the first of those three blogs. Now you know LIT is coming in 2018!
So what else?
What You’ll Learn Now
In blog #2, tomorrow, we’ll write up an initial FAQ on the program so far.
Nothing is set in stone, but based on guidance from other LIT programs in the camp industry, certain aspects of our existing programs, and the unique culture at ‘Ghany, we have some early ideas and a good direction on this that we’re eager to start to share.
The final blog in the initial 3-part series, coming this THursday, will offer some insight from our ongoing “listening tour.”
We were fortunate, even amidst the craziness of the flood and all its extra demands on coordination and conditions, to squeeze in a tiny bit of time with some groups to feel out their thoughts and consider the program from different camper and staff perspectives. We’ll share what we learned, including some wonderful questions and input from our current 14-year-olds, the very campers who will be our first LIT group!
We wish we could have had even more focus groups, but the shortened Mud-Flood First Term really put a dent in time, lessening our opportunities to get feedback from as many folks as we would have liked. I’m sure you can understand! We hope to create an avenue for other feedback as we move forward.
So that’s the exciting news. YAY — Leaders-In-Training is coming to Camp Alleghany for Girls! This is such a wonderful thing.
Now tune in later this week for that FAQ, and a little bit from our listening tour. It will be a ‘Ghany good time that you won’t want to miss!*
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls
*PS. All of these blogs will be tagged with a hotlink at the bottom called Leadership in Training. If you bookmark this, you’ll always be able to find the latest on this emerging program. We’ll also have a permanent page for this program on the website in the future.