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. 

Applications for Summer 2023 open on October 1st!

2023 Session Dates

LIT Session 1: June 25 – July 21

LIT Session 2: July 23 – August 18

Program Cost: $3450

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.

Values-based scholarships

Check back in December for information on summer 2023 LIT/CIT values-based scholarships! Looking for financial aid? Click here

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.

If awarded the scholarship, participant/parent/guardian will be required to pay a $75 registration fee (Program value $1880-$3450).


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.