Leader-in-Training (LIT) Program

(COMPLETED 10th Grade)

Recognizing that high school students can get more out of a summer camp program, YMCA Camp Tockwogh’s Leader-in-Training program is centered on building skills for teens. Teens learn through daily leadership workshops, a hiking trip, and shadowing staff while working together on a variety of projects. Our staff and LIT participants form a mentoring relationship; providing feedback and insight into their efforts on the different tasks they take on. 

2022 Session Dates

LIT Session 1: June 26 – July 22

LIT Session 2: July 24 – August 19

Program Cost: $3440

About LIT

Every year, former LIT’s highlight their experience in college essays and interviews. High school performance is obviously important in the college application process; so are the intangibles and programs outside the school environment. This program provides our campers the chance to learn real interpersonal and leadership skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. 

The program is centered on teamwork and interaction, building relationships between new and returning campers. Our LIT’s find themselves a welcomed part of the group within the first few days! What will follow is a month of some of the most memorable and formative experiences in their life.

In addition to the skills learned, LIT participants will participate in some traditional camp activities as well- including arts and crafts, sailing, high ropes, campfires, and athletic activities.

LIT applications are accepted throughout the year, though it is highly recommended that they are sent in early as spaces are limited. The application process consists of a written application, 2 written references, and an interview.

Merit-based scholarships

We are offering a merit-based scholarship for the LIT program (Long Session 2).

If you have any questions, please email Krista at kdelone@ymcade.org 

What we are looking for in a scholarship recipient:

  • Someone who is a positive impact on those around them 
  • Displays our values of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and inclusion 
  • Has an interest in being a leader and working with kids
  • Could benefit from 3-4 weeks away at camp in our leadership programs gaining new skills, confidence, and independence!

HOW TO APPLY: Teens can submit a video of themselves telling us about who you are and what this experience would mean to them OR answer the application questions in essay form.

To apply for the merit-based LIT scholarship: CLICK HERE

To nominate a teen you know for a scholarship: CLICK HERE

If awarded the scholarship, participant/parent/guardian will be required to pay a $75 registration fee (Program value $1880-$3440).

Nominations close April 15th. Scholarship recipients will be notified April 18th! If an individual does not receive the scholarship, they are still eligible to register for the program and/or apply for financial scholarship. 


Need to add references? Click here

Need to complete a reference for an applicant? Click here

For registered LITs:

LIT Welcome Packet 2022

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In addition to Leadership Camps and training programs, Tockwogh offers Camp Counselor Training here.