Teen Adventures to Leadership
Just the Challenge your Teen Needs!
Give your teenager the experience that develops social and leadership skills, builds confidence, and offers an awesome, transformative adventure.
Teen Adventure Program
Two – week trip for campers entering grades 9 – 11
Adventure campers learn planning, safety and first aide, and cooperative living skills in a rustic adventure village on Lake Nichecronk before embarking on two 3- or 4-day trips canoeing the Delaware River and hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Two – week sessions for campers entering grade 10
The LIT program is the first step in Camp Speers YMCA’s progressive Counselor In Training program. In addition to participating in our unique outdoor recreation program, LIT campers will experience a number of camp related responsibilities, including working alongside Camp Discovery staff, assisting in running an all camp program, and working as a group to complete an on-site service project. LIT campers will develop a better understanding of themselves and their own individual leadership style and be provided with the skill-set and opportunities to discover what it takes to be a great camp counselor.
Four – week sessions for campers entering grade 11
The counselors at Camp Speers are our greatest asset to help us achieve our mission. The Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program helps campers to assume more responsibility and maturity in beginning to develop the skills necessary to become a counselor. Each participant undergoes a mock interview process, requiring references, in order to participate. This interview and application process is designed solely to prepare and familiarize each CIT with the traditional hiring process.
Once CITs arrive at Camp, they receive leadership training and seminars, American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, in-cabin teaching experiences with younger overnight and day campers, community service projects, and some amazing off-camp trips.
CITs can expect to leave camp with experience leading groups, more self-confidence and independence, and a chance to be selected as a junior counselor for the following summer.