Camp Wapsie Leadership Program

The YMCA Camp Wapsie Leadership Development program fosters leadership growth in high school students and prepares them for future life experiences. The program is divided into two positions, each with an emphasis on building different sets of leadership skills.

Overall Program Goals:
  • Increase leadership skills so participants are prepared to assume community and camp leadership roles.
  • Expand human relation skills between the young leaders, campers, adults (staff), and peers.
  • Grow a sense of responsibility and service to others.
  • Create a better sense of self-worth.
  • Develop appreciation for the natural world around us.
  • Improve teaching skills in program areas relevant to YMCA Camp Wapsie and the mission of the YMCA.
  • Experience living and working cooperatively in a larger community.  

While prior Camp Wapsie experience is very helpful it is not a requirement to be considered for the Leadership Development Programs. Contact the camp for more information.

Leadership Program Responsibilities
  • Attend all training sessions (usually one each morning and afternoon) with a desire
    to learn.
  • Promote group unity and participate in all group activities.
  • Help with the cleanliness of all areas of camp.
  • Promote good conduct at meal times.
  • Assist in assigned program activities. (Ex: morning activities, Day Camp, TP village)
  • Participate in general camp activities when assigned. (Ex: fire building/cooking, facilitating games)
  • Assist counselors and other staff members when assigned to them. (Ex: night watch, telling TAPS,
  • Assist in the lodge as needed (Ex: LIT/CIT do dishes 2-4 times per week, LITs hop tables 1 meal a day)
  • Complete other projects as assigned. (Ex: service projects, trip planning)
  • Cooperate with all camp personnel for the welfare of campers and the camp.
  • CITs participate in lifeguard training.
  • CITs are responsible for assisting in a cabin during part of their stay.
  • Follow all policies of the Leadership Development Program and Camp Wapsie.

Leader In Training (aka, LIT)

Geared toward high school students entering the 10th or 11th grade, LIT’s spend three weeks at YMCA Camp Wapsie developing their leadership skills through a focus on group dynamics.  Working alongside 15 other program participants, LITs focus on general leadership skills, interpersonal interaction, and have introduction to problem solving, communication, camp mission/goals, and camp work projects.  The LITs spend time working with younger campers while assisting and being mentored by veteran camp counselors.  Because of the limited number of spaces in the program, spots are filled on an application basis only.

Counselor In Training (aka, CIT)

For students entering 11th and 12th grades, CIT’s attend camp for a four-week session to further their experience in leadership, counseling and group collaboration.  Training sessions coupled with mentoring by counselors and hands-on interactive sessions allow the CIT to begin assisting in cabins and with program activities.  Participants also attend lifeguard training and plan/implement a multi-day camping trip as part of their experience. The four week session is capped off with a week-long counseling experience where the CIT’s work in a cabin with the Wapsie counselors. 

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