Older Teens: Leadership Track

 

LT-girls

2014 LT girls and cabin counselors

LT-boys

2014 LT boys and cabin counselors

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:

 

Do I have a desire to work with children?

Do I have a desire to work with children?

Do I have a desire to develop and improve my leadership skills?

Do I have a desire to develop and improve my leadership skills?

Am I ready to be a role model?

Am I ready to be a role model?

Am I trustworthy and responsible?

Am I trustworthy and responsible?

Am I enthusiastic?

Am I enthusiastic?

 

2 Responses to Older Teens: Leadership Track

  1. Chandler says:

    Are LT’s for sure supposed to be 15 and have completed 9th grade? I have been there all three years and at least I think I would be a good candidate, but I am turning 14 soon and will be 14 at next year’s camp, as well as only going into 9th grade the following fall. I ask because you said “Eligibility: Generally, LT campers should have completed 9th grade”.

  2. Cam says:

    I had the pleasure of being an LT at the June 2017 camp session. I’ve attended CQNW since the first camp, but never before had I observed the amount of fun the LTs must’ve been having all that time! Getting this wonderful opportunity was really once in a lifetime and I haven’t shut up about my camp experience since. LTs got to run other cabin’s skit practices and meet up with other LTs and counselors for a couple hours every day to team build. I won’t spoil anything, but the LT group was like my week-long family and my takeaway from CQNW has payed off more than I could’ve imagined. I’ve always felt CQNW is somewhere where I can be and the LT program proved to me that I did in fact have leadership skills. Don’t let anything discourage you, leadership track will be an incredible experience for you!

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