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.
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.
Length: 3 Weeks
Eligible Grades: 11th
Group Size: 8 LITs and 2 trip leaders
Starting Location: Wiscasset Maine
Leaders-in-Training starts off on Chewonki Neck with a 3-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course while camping out on the Neck. Following the WFA course, they’ll get first hand experience in packing gear and food in our Packout facility in preparation for a canoe and backpacking combo trip that they will embark on shortly afterward. The trip itinerary will include paddling whitewater and summiting some of Maine’s highest peaks. As part of the trip, participants will take on more of a leadership role than ever before on a Chewonki trip as they dive deep into decision making, risk management and group management.
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.)
It’s hard to pack all the excitement of a Chewonki experience into a short webpage, so we encourage you to reach out to our team for a phone call, or to schedule a tour in the off season.
We hope to see you at camp next summer!
Providing safe, equitable, and inclusive education programs is our purpose and mission. While we do not specialize in programming for people with disabilities, we welcome a diverse community of participants and we will seek safe, reasonable accommodations whenever possible.