The purpose of Camp Echo’s teen leadership programs is to provide leadership development to teens in a setting that promotes respect and caring for people. These programs provide specific opportunities for teens to discover their leadership style and practice sound judgment. In addition, all of our teen programs are designed to prepare the participant for future staffing opportunities at Echo.
Leaders-in-Training (Grade 10)
This program is designed to teach participants the foundations of being a leader at Camp Echo. Living together in a cabin, LITs share team-building activities that solidify the group and enhance their personal skills. LITs take part in the “Bridge Builders” curriculum, reflecting on their own identity and how to create a community that is inclusive all identities at camp. They will work together to build communication skills as well as becoming more confident leaders. Problem-solving activities, service projects and group discussions guide the experience. Campers in this program will have the opportunity to engage in more teen-specific activities like high-ropes, overnights, and teen parties.
Counselors-in-Training (Grade 11)
The CIT program focuses on the transition from campers to potential staff members. The participants live together in traditional cabins build leadership abilities, strengthen their understanding of and ability to take on responsibility, and gain skills to contribute to a high-functioning staff team. Participants and follow a dynamic curriculum designed to teach them about values, inclusion, relationships, communication, developing others, decision-making and emotional maturity through the lens of child development and behavior management. Campers in this program will have the opportunity to engage in more teen-specific activities like high-ropes, overnights, and teen parties.