Leadership in Training (LIT) Program


Due to the inability to permit the mixing of campers and staff together, there will be no LIT Program in 2020. Campers entering grades 7 through 9 are still eligible to participate in the Park-Based Radnor Day Camp and/or Virtual Radnor Day Camp programs. Click here to learn more about both of these summer camp options. 

The Leadership in Training (LIT) Program is for registrants who are rising 7th, 8th or 9th graders in the following September.  This program provides the opportunity to be mentored by the LIT Director and camp staff in order to gain a basic understanding for summer camp operations and the leadership skills that are necessary to supervise campers.  LITs will assist in the supervision of and interaction with Radnor Day Campers and help enhance the camp experience by offering creative ideas and activities.

Experience.  Participants will have the opportunity to experience a team approach to supervising campers, planning activities, and solving difficult situations as they arise. Throughout the summer, LITs will practice communication, conflict management, decision making, and group management skills, benefiting their development outside of the camp setting. Their experiences will help to increase interpersonal skills and enhance leadership skills for application in future situations. 

Role Model.  This is a great opportunity for teens to mature and act as role models for younger campers.  In order to track their progress throughout the summer, LITs are encouraged to set short- and long-term goals that they would like to achieve during the summer and keep a journal about their experiences.  Participants will periodically meet with the LIT Director for interactive, educational sessions and to discuss their development.

Accountability.  LITs will be accountable to the LIT Director and the RDC Director.  Weekly educational sessions will take place within the LIT program where LITs will reflect upon their progress towards personal goals as illustrated by their involvement throughout the week.  These weekly meetings are designed as small group forums where LITs learn new leadership strategies and help one another to solve difficult problems presented throughout the week.  LITs will be expected to apply the skills they learn in the program to the RDC setting as they shadow our Leaders and provide additional support while developing leadership skills for their future.

Register!    LITs must be enrolled in Radnor Day Camp and comply with the requirements listed above in order to participate, and will not be compensated for their time spent in the program. 

Campers entering grades 7-9 for in the upcoming school year, who are interested in the LIT Program must:

  1. Provide a letter of recommendation from someone unrelated to the camper (i.e., a coach, a teacher)*
  2. Provide a letter of interest written by the camper*
  3. Attend a brief presentation at Back to Camp Night (Date TBD)

* The letter of recommendation and the letter of interest must be submitted to our department immediately upon registration. If not submitted within two weeks of the date on which you have registered, your child's spot will not be guaranteed.*

Campers entering grades 7-9 who are NOT interested in the LIT Program will not be eligible for Radnor Day Camp.