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Day Camp Leaders in Training

Engage in practical, experiential leadership development with the YMCA of Three Rivers Day Camp Leaders in Training (LIT) program.

Youth ages 13 to 15 are invited to embark on a two-week leadership journey to develop skills to build confidence in all areas of their lives. The LIT day camp program supports the transition from a camper to camp leader through instruction, teambuilding, mentorship, and volunteer placement. At LIT, trainers will guide participants through:


  • Teambuilding and group initiatives, communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and community development

  • Equity, inclusiveness, and advocacy

  • Identifying individual strengths and assets, and leadership styles

  • Coaching and mentorship, and receiving feedback

  • Goal setting, self-awareness, and journaling

  • Healthy child development, and camper care and inclusion

  • Camp skills including outdoor living, boating, archery, swimming, campfire, and survival skills

  • Program planning and leading camper activities

  • Health and safety, and managing risk


Camp locations


  • YMCA Camp Conestogo 

  • YMCA Camp Heidelberg  

  • Shade’s Mills Conservation Area 

  • Wildwood Conservation Area

LIT Camp Schedule


LIT Level 1 | Session 1: July 2 – 12, 2024

LIT Level 1 | Session 2: July 15 – 26, 2024

LIT Level 1 | Session 3: July 29 – August 9, 2024

LIT Level 2 | Session 1: July 15 – 26, 2024 

LIT Level 3 | Session 1: July 29 – August 9, 2024


Conestogo, Shade's Mills, Wildwood

LIT Level 1 | July 2 – 12, 2024

LIT Level 2 | July 15 – 26, 2024

LIT Level 3 | July 29 – August 9, 2024


Drop off 8:45-9 a.m.

Pick up 4:45-5 p.m.


A $50 deposit per camper per session is due at the time of registration. Fee assistance is available.


Registration Information


LIT Level 1

Cost: $500/two-week session


LIT Level 1 lays the groundwork for leadership development by providing participants the chance to master their camp skills, including canoeing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, low ropes, survival and nature skills, initiatives, and games. LITs leave the program with an increased confidence to teach these skills to campers.



LIT Level 2

Cost: $500/two-week session


In LIT Level 2 build on the skills gained in LIT Level 1 and begin learning how to teach these skills to campers. Level 2 LITs leave the program having learned how to empower, energize, and advocate for campers.



LIT Level 3

Cost: $300/two-week session


LIT Level 3 is a practical phase of our training program. Participants focus on confidently applying lessons learned in Levels 1 and 2 by directly engaging with campers. LITs will leave the program successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating at least one program activity for a group of campers with the support and mentorship of your LIT Trainer. 

LIT Volunteer Placement

Ages 15+ (turning 15 in the camp calendar year) 
Optional, spaces limited 
Earn up to 40 OSSD high school community involvement hours


By successfully completing Level 3, LITs will have the opportunity to volunteer at Y day camp this summer for a one-week volunteer placement.  

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