Developing teens into leaders since 1938!

Building Future Leaders

Recognizing that high school students can get more out of a summer camp program, YMCA Camp Tockwogh offers a Leader-in-Training (LIT) program for current 10th graders and a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program for current 11th graders. These programs are centered on building leadership skills and confidence for teens.

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About LIT

Leaders In Training provides our campers with the chance to learn real interpersonal and leadership skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. The program is centered on teamwork and interaction, and building relationships between new and returning campers. Our LIT’s find themselves a welcomed part of the group within the first few days! What follows is a month of some of the most memorable and formative experiences of their lives.

In addition to the skills learned, LITs will participate in traditional camp activities including arts and crafts, sailing, high ropes, campfires, and athletic activities.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Space is limited so we highly recommend submitting early. The application process consists of a written application, two written references, and an interview.

(All LIT Session 1 girl spots have been filled for 2024, but there is still available space for girls in Session 2! Boy slots available for both sessions still)

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About CIT

CITs are assigned to a cabin where they will assist the counselors and campers. 3-week and 4-week sessions are available. The 4-week session includes Ellis Lifeguard training.

By the end of their 3 or 4 weeks, CITs will become better at understanding group dynamics, working with children, developing leadership skills and taking initiative. A new level of confidence will bloom from supervising and supporting others. The opportunity to make a positive, lasting impact on the new generation of Tockwogh campers is one not to be missed!

In addition to time spent with cabin groups, the CIT’s also go on an overnight whitewater rafting trip. During this time, they will have an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, and reflect on all that they have learned throughout their session.

CIT applications are accepted throughout the year. Space is limited so we highly recommend submitting early. The application process consists of a written application, two written references, and an interview. Being a LIT is not a pre-requisite for the program.

(Session 1 is full! Session 2 still has openings)

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Values-based scholarships

We offer a values-based scholarship for the LIT and CIT programs (Long Session 2). Use the link below to apply. Please direct questions to James Del Monte at [email protected]

What we are looking for in a scholarship recipient:

  • Has a positive impact on those around them
  • Displays the YMCAs values of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and inclusion
  • Has an interest in being a leader and working with kids
  • Could benefit from 3-4 weeks in our leadership programs gaining new skills, confidence, and independence

HOW TO APPLY: Submit a video or essay telling us about yourself and what this experience would mean to you.

To apply for the values-based LIT/CIT scholarship: Click here

To nominate a teen you know for a scholarship: Click here

If awarded the scholarship, participant/parent/guardian will be required to pay a $75 registration fee (Program value $2050-$3600).

Nominations close April 1st. Scholarship recipients will be notified April 15th! If an individual does not receive the scholarship, they are still eligible to register for the program and/or apply for financial scholarship.


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For registered LITs

LIT Welcome Packet 2023
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For registered CITs

CIT Welcome Packet 2023*If you are having trouble viewing in window, please download*