Becoming Your Best Self

The Camp Chewonki Leaders-in-Training (LIT) program is an immersive training experience for young people that aims to provide them with the necessary professional and personal skills to serve as successful leaders at Chewonki, in their own communities, and beyond.



Ages: 17, 18
Program Type: Leaders-in-Training
Grades: 10-11
Length: 3 Weeks
Tuition: $5,400


Session 1: June 25 – July 17

Leadership is a Team Effort

This program will teach participants effective communication skills, an awareness of group dynamics and facilitation, and best practices in risk management and youth development. As the program advances, participants will be expected to make use of the skills they have learned by assuming progressively greater levels of responsibility on the trail and in camp.

Prepared to Lead the Way

Leaders-in-Training will take part in a 3-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, a 3-day American Canoe Association Canoe skills course, learn to work with young participants, and plan, prepare and lead their own multi-day remote trip. Upon completion of the program, successful LITs will have earned a certification in WFA, demonstrated advanced canoe skills and teaching ability, and will display competence across a broad range of leadership and outdoor skills.

Ideal LIT candidates will have a clear understanding of Chewonki’s mission and purpose and a desire to make the transition from participant to staff member. They will have participated in leadership and community building skill development on a Chewonki leadership expedition or similar experience. They are also committed to understanding and living out the values outlined in Chewonki’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework. (While the LIT program is designed to prepare individuals to be successful future employees at Chewonki, the program does not guarantee future employment.)


Meet the Director

Jen Adams

Director of Outdoor Programs
1 (207) 656-5836

Deposit Information:

A fully completed registration form, director approval, and a deposit is required to hold a program space. Deposits are non-refundable.

  • $950 per child – Full Session and Leadership Expeditions 
  • $600 per child – Puffin Program 
  • $100 per child for families applying for financial aid 


We reserve the right to cancel, delay, substitute, or revise any program itinerary due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If we are forced to cancel camp programming due to COVID-19, families will be given a full refund, including their deposit.

Ready, Set, Summer!