LIT – A 2-week intensive training program for rising 8th, 9th, and 10th grades.
CIT – A “pre-job” experience for LIT graduates or rising 9th and 10th graders with equivilent training and experience working with groups of children. Jump to CIT program information.
Leadership-in-Training (LIT) Program
The LIT program at Camp Shelanu is a leadership development program designed to empower teens to effectively lead on youth group boards, in classrooms at religious schools, at Camp Shelanu, and in other roles around the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.
Teens entering 8th-10th grades in the fall are eligible to apply for the LIT program, a 2-week session that includes games, activities, team-building exercises, real experience with campers, and workshops on various topics focusing on leadership skills. Teens are accepted based on their ability to interact with younger children at Camp Shelanu and on leadership potential and maturity.
LIT Minimum Qualifications Have an interest in working with younger children and have a desire to be in leadership roles. The LIT program is a great opportunity for teens to learn new skills and help them prepare for future employment. Participation in the LIT program will qualify teens for the Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program. Teens may apply to be a Camp Shelanu junior counselor when they are 16 and entering 11th grade or above. It is possible to get Community Service Hours for portions of the program.
- Applicants must be entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade in the fall.
- Applicants must submit a completed LIT application by May 1.
- Applicants must provide one reference from an adult who is not related.
- Applicants are required to attend an interview.
- Attend all program dates.
- Actively and positively participate in all activities and lessons with the group.
- Show responsibility and maturity, and communicate with the group during the program.
- Enjoy working with children, have a problem-solving mindset, and be willing to learn.
- Be a positive ambassador of the Levin JCC at all times.
- Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
- Challenge him/herself to try new activities, songs, games, and public speaking.
It is important to understand that LIT applicants need to be mature and responsible to take on the application process and the 2-week session. It is not the parents’ role to take on the responsibilities of the LIT; however, parents provide essential support for the teens’ success in the LIT program.
Dates and Costs:
Mon-Fri 8:30-3:30, plus 1-2 extended-day field trips or overnights
Dates: July 31 -Aug 11 (note date change from previous publications)
Tuition: $500/$450 All Inclusive Members
Participants who successfully complete the program may serve as CITs later in the summer.
Apply Now (Should be completed by the LIT applicant, not a parent.)
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program
CITs will plan and implement weekly programs for younger campers, get hands-on experience working with the younger age groups, and receive coaching and feedback. This program is not only excellent preparation to apply as a Camp Shelanu counselor, but also a valuable “pre-job” experience for any teen looking to gain leadership, responsibility, communication and job skills. Community Service Hours are available!
Pre-requisites: We prefer that CITs be LIT program graduates. For teens who have experience and training working with groups of children in another setting, we will work with you to complete remaining requirements equivalent to the LIT program.
Download the checklist of pre-requisites. Please complete the checklist documenting experience and training and bring it with you to your interview.
Grades: Rising 9th-10th grades
Dates: Any dates June 12-Aug 25. CITs also invited to staff training week June 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. CIT schedules are arranged with Camp Manager. Priority given to those committing to 4+ weeks.
Cost: $50/$40 All Inclusive Members
Applications Due May 1!
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