When we initially envisioned our program for older teens, we had expected to create a Counselor-in-Training program similar to ones at scout and other youth camps. After careful study by our staff and consultation with other CQ chapters, we decided that merely asking our high school students to serve as junior helpers did not do justice to their amazing capacities budding leaders and creative thinkers!
We had a great group of 10th/11th grade boys and girls in 2014 that participated in our Leadership Track program. As CQNW goes forth, we will continue to refine our program for older teens: one that capitalizes on their developmental age, allows them to have fun and explore critical thinking and science, and fosters leadership amongst their peers and our younger campers.
Overview: The LT program is for high school students interested in working with younger campers, developing their leadership skills, and having a blast at a non-sectarian summer camp designed for children of non-religious families. They will be full participants in all our activities; no missing out on the perks of being a camper! Need-based camperships are available to LTs as well as regular campers.
For immediate inquiries, contact Bridget Lombardo, LT Program Director.
Eligibility: All campers who have completed 9th grade and will be 15 years old at the start of camp. Most LTs will have attended a Camp Quest session in a previous summer. Exceptions for younger candidates will be made in consultation with camp leadership and families.
Expectations: LTs serve as role models for younger campers. They are expected to model curiosity, compassion, inquiry, and excellent behavior. They occasionally assist instructors with activities, and may live in cabins with younger campers. LTs participate in regular camp activities–and more! While LTs remain in cabins after lights out, their bedtime may be later than our younger campers. Note: serving as a Leader in Training does not guarantee a future staff position at Camp.
Things to Consider: