For those of you who have been following along as we began to unveil our plans for the future Leaders-In-Training Program, we thought we’d provide an update on where things are.
And if you aren’t familiar with Leaders-In-Training, basically it’s a program we have in the works that would be a more intensive, multi-week program for our 16-year-olds that is designed to leave them with a certified skill (such as Lifeguarding, etc.), special classes in leadership, and unique opportunities for service during the summer. I wrote several blog posts about it:
- Leadership-In-Training Evolving FAQ
- Leadership-In-Training Listening Tour
- Coming in 2018: The Leadership-In-Training Program
Our hopes with the above linked blogs was that we would be able to inform existing parents of our plans to change from our usual 16s Upstart program of recent years and introduce the Leaders-In-Training model instead.
Our blogs covered the essential point that we are actually just at the beginning of developing the program, as well as what we learned from getting input and feedback from staff and campers, how the program idea is in line with other camps like ours and trends in the industry overall, as well as what we hoped campers and their families would gain (benefit from) with this program.
In a nutshell, that’s where we’ve been on this idea so far. But already we have updates.
What’s New with Leadership-In-Training
Update #1: Probably the biggest update references the third blog above where we say that LIT is coming in the Summer of 2018. Scratch that!
LIT is now scheduled to roll-out for the summer of 2019, instead.
The main reason for this is that our communication outreach didn’t go entirely as intended. Last summer, when we were doing our LIT Listening Tour, we unfortunately weren’t able to solicit feedback from First Term campers because the term was shortened due to the historic West Virginia flood.
We truly wanted everyone to feel sufficiently informed about LIT before proceeding, so we feel it’s the most fair to wait another year.
While Casey was actually excited and ready to take his part of LIT development on right away, and forge ahead with the original plan, we all see the merits of him getting an extra year of ‘Ghany experience under his belt before proceeding.
Additionally, he has so much experience that goes right along with the program goals and style of LIT, that more time will allow him to do a lot of research, test things out along the way during Summers 2017 & 18, and get the program perfectly ready to start in 2019!
Update #3: In the above blog posts we wrote a fair amount about the length of this program, originally aiming for a 6-week only program. We’re still looking at a 6-week program, but the first 4-5 weeks will be paid programming (tuition), while the final leg will be where the LITs actually take what they have learned and put it to work.
During those 1-2 weeks, there is no tuition, but LIT participants need to stay and begin working like counselors. It’s the summer where they get that true Counselor-In-Training (often times called CIT) and Leaders-In-Training on the ground experience, that will best position them to apply to be Junior Counselors the following summer.
Update #4: We’ve not yet set our tuition pricing, but we do know that the paid portion will be 4 or 5 weeks, not a full 6 weeks, and we’re working on scholarships as well. That means that for 4-5 weeks they will:
- Take LIT classes
- Take some kind of certification program, like Lifeguarding
- Take special field trips, including hopefully a multi-day backpacking trip
- Learn about deeper approaches to service/charitable work
- Complete an LIT on-site project as a group
- Learn and practice public speaking, specialized writing, and aspects of modern life (such as social media responsibility)
- Learn how to do event planning and execute an LIT-led evening activity
- Live in their own special tent unit
- And more…
Since there are a few changes, and for the benefit of those who have been following along since we announced the emerging LIT program, we want to clarify some age-related program-related details relative to the new projected date of 2019 and how it affects your camper during the 2017 summer only:
This summer’s 16s: No change in your program for Summer 2017.
This summer’s 15s: No change in your program for Summer 2017, but you will be sharing your 2017 Upstart summer with this summer’s 14s.
This summer’s 14s: You’ll be in a hybrid/transition year for Summer 2017! Maybe the Midstarts? Upways? You’ll live in a tent with a counselor, but you’ll have Upstart class every other day like the 15s (not with them, separate from them), you’ll get to be a Hopper if you choose (more info coming). You’ll get to go to the play in Lewisburg, and you’ll essentially enjoy all there is to being a 15, only as a 14! Then next summer, 2018, will be your final summer as a camper before the LIT program, so as 15s next summer (2018) you’ll have your traditional “Sixteen Summer” – alongside next summer’s 16s – will all the special traditions that a 16 experiences.
This summer’s 13s: Summer 2017 is your ONE Midway summer! Next summer, in 2018, you’ll be an Upstart, and in 2019 you’ll be an Upstart as well.
We remain very excited about and committed to the Leaders-In-Training Program and are hard at work even as we speak generating ideas, studying possibilities, working out details, making plans, and basically doing all in our power to create a compelling new program of which ever ‘Ghany Girl can be proud.
You’ll hear more from us from time-to-time, so stay tuned to the blog!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls