Teen Leadership Programs
You’re never too old for Camp Sloane!
Our leadership development programs give teens both a theoretical and practical foundation in leadership, which will serve them well in staff roles at camp and in outside pursuits. The highlights of these complementary programs are leadership workshops, hands-on apprenticeships, service projects, outdoor adventure-based learning, and all the friendships and fun that mark a Camp Sloane experience!
LEAD - Learn, Experience, Act and Develop
L.E.A.D. is a TWO-WEEK EXPERIENCE that involves a significant amount of individual and group leadership programming for teenage campers, as well as the fun of traditional camp. LEADs learn about topics such as time-fillers, on-the-spot games, lesson planning, giving directions, and public speaking. On the practical end, they’ll put their knowledge to the test in an apprenticeship, where they’ll assist a staff member in leading an activity. LEADs are revered in the camp community. It’s the last year to enjoy some of our programs as campers while starting to make the transition toward greater responsibility.
There are no prerequisites for the LEAD program, campers must be at least rising 11th grade and you can register for this program online. There are a limited amount of spots for LEAD, so make sure to register early! See our Dates and Rates page for more information.
C.I.T. - Counselor In Training
C.I.T. is a FOUR-WEEK EXPERIENCE aimed at preparing teens for the responsibility of working with youth. CITs will learn about managing a tent group though both leadership workshops and practical experience working with younger campers. CITs learn about working with children of different ages and abilities, how to create and manage positive group dynamics, and how to assist campers with behavior or adjustment issues. CITs train to become certified through the American Red Cross in CPR, First Aid, and Lifeguarding. They also spend a week on a Cultural Immersion Experience trip to South Dakota, working with the Sioux YMCA. Finally, they serve a 4-day apprenticeship as an assistant to an experienced counselor, living in a tent with campers and assisting in two activity areas that they could see themselves teaching in. Countless Sloanies tell us that CIT was their best year of camp — a great culmination of the Camp Sloane experience that led to incredible growth.
CIT is an application-based program and applicants must be at least rising 12th graders to apply. Only graduates of the CIT program are eligible to apply for a Junior Counselor position. You do not have to have completed the LEAD specialty camp to be eligible for CIT, however, applicants who have will be considered above applicants who have not.
How to Apply:
Unlike traditional summer camp, the CIT program is not “first-come, first-served”. The program requires an application and acceptance is competitive. While we take into consideration the written application and reference forms, the applicant’s behavior during their time at Camp Sloane is the most heavily weighted factor in the selection process. Ultimately, we select the applicants who will best serve as role models to younger campers and age peers alike. In particular, we look for maturity, judgment, positive attitude, emotional intelligence, good character/values, interpersonal skills, and an embodiment of our “Others” motto.
The priority deadline for applications and references is January 1. Applicants will then be emailed to set up an interview. Applicants are notified of the acceptance decision by the end of February, to allow for interviews to happen at the Teen Leader Reunion. At that time, applicants who are accepted into the CIT program will have two weeks to secure their spot with a deposit.
If you’re interested in the CIT program, please submit the online application below using your own email address to create an account. DO NOT USE YOUR PARENT/GUARDIAN’S ACCOUNT. You’ll be prompted to fill in information for a reference who can attest to your character and work ethic. (e.g. teachers, coaches, pastors, employers). Your application is not complete until we receive the reference form back. If you have questions, please email email@example.com
W.I.L.D. Camp (rising 9th, 10th and 11th graders)
Get ready to be wild! Join us for this action-packed two-week session of high adventure and lifelong friendships. We've taken Wilderness, Inclusion, Leadership, and Development to the max to help shape more confident and capable teenagers. Campers will experience our popular adventure activities with a whole new spin as we bike, climb, paddle and hike our way around the Berkshire Mountains. W.I.L.D. camp culminates in a 4-night backpacking trip where campers will hike, camp and grow together as they bond over campfire meals and starry nights. There are only 8 spots, so don't miss out!
*This program can be joined with a LEAD session.
TEEN LEADER REUNION - 2021, Dates TBD
Miss your camp friends so much that you can't wait to see them again!? This is your chance! Reunite, relax and come to camp's ONLY winter program this February. If you participated in WILD, LEAD or CIT last summer, then you are eligible to register for this exciting teen leadership weekend.
We will be staying in heated lodges at camp, enjoying the wintery weather and enjoying the great company. We do some professional development workshops, drink hot cocoa and it's also a chance to do your CIT or JC interview in-person with the Camp Director.
Arrival begins anytime after 5:00 PM on Friday and pick-up is at 2:00 PM on Sunday. There is flexibility with times and campers will have access to the office should they have homework that needs doing.
Register online through your camper account. The fee for the weekend is $250 and includes lodging, food, and activities.