Leaders In Training Program (LIT)








Nature of the Program:

LITs will be responsible for working with the camp counselors in an active summer day camp program.  This program will provide the opportunity to develop and strengthen leadership skills, communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, character values, and the ability to work as a team member.  LITs will gain confidence in this supervised leadership development program as they work with children ages 4-12 years in daily camp activities.

  • Must commit to 5 weeks
  • Must have completed 7th grade, not yet be 16 years old
  • Camp Dates: July 5-August 26 
  • Camp Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Responsible for coming up with 1 lesson plan/week and implementing with counselors
  • Member Fee: $110/week
  • Non-Member Fee: $150/week

To download and complete the application, click here.

You can also pick up an application at the Fulton Family YMCA. Completed applications must be received by June 10th. 

Submit applications to jlamb@fultonfamilyymca.org

Or drop completed applications off at:

Fulton Family YMCA

Attention: Jennah Lamb

715 West Broadway

Fulton, NY 13069


What is the LIT program?

The YMCA Leaders in Training program is a supervised leadership development program that allows candidates who have completed 7th grade and are not yet 16 years old to develop and enhance their leadership skills.  LITs must express interest in interacting with younger children during sports, crafts, nature study, and water activities.  Program participants must commit to a minimum of five of the nine weeks of summer camp.


All of our LITs will participate in a well rounded program of leadership development, activity & skills training, conflict resolution strategies, and character education.  LITs will be responsible for assisting counselors in leadership roles within various areas of the camp program as well as participating in a diverse set of training sessions.


The goal of the LIT program is to provide many of the 40 Developmental Assets necessary to produce confident youth with the leadership skills to become successful adults.  It provides participants with the tools to develop strong communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to act as a positive role model - all qualities that colleges and future employers look for in candidates.


LIT Program Goals:

  1. Introduce and familiarize each LIT with the history and mission of the YMCA (Character Development, Mission Statement, sports founded by Y, etc.)

  2. Familiarize each LIT with the overall operation of a day camp including the role and duties of a counselor and the various incorporated activities

  3. Foster a high comfort level for playing and working in an environment with young children

  4. Develop and strengthen leadership skills by providing opportunities for LITs to assist with, plan, and lead a variety of camp activities

  5. Foster the growth of self-confidence through daily social interactions with campers, peers, and mentoring staff

  6. Foster the development of a lifelong positive attitude towards service

  7. Foster the development of specific attitudes and skills required to work successfully as a member of a team

  8. Teach and strengthen conflict resolution skills

  9. Teach and strengthen strategies for self assessment and accountability

  10. Develop and strengthen communication skills

  11. Foster the acceptance of individuals with a variety of ability levels and from different socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds

  12. Teach and strengthen positive behavior management techniques

  13. Foster an atmosphere of group involvement and cooperation that emphasizes the value of participation by young leaders

  14. Provide fun and challenging experiences for all LITs

  15. Provide a variety of trainings to further develop life skills


Requirements of the Role:

  • Be able to commit to a minimum of 5 weeks

  • Must have completed the 7th grade and not yet be 16 years of age

  • Enjoy the outdoors

  • Possess the ability to work well with others

  • Possess basic organization skills

  • Be enthusiastic about interacting with young children & assisting with all activities (including swim) in a summer day camp setting.

  • Express interest in learning to plan & lead camp activities as a major part of the leadership training.

  • Possess the ability to act as a positive role model by demonstrating the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, & Responsibility.


Specific Expectations:

  1. Responsible for signing yourself in & out of the program on a daily basis and reporting to your assigned counselor. 

  1. Be available to participate in LIT trainings and camp activities throughout the entire camp hours of 9:00am-4:30pm.  Any schedule exceptions must be pre-approved by the Camp Director.  All absences must be called into the camp by 8:30am.

  2. Assist your assigned counselor & group with their daily activities: attendance, lining up campers, crafts, playing games, etc.

  3. Assist with daily swim lessons and/or supervision of campers during recreation swim at Camp Y-Noah.  (Note: All female staff & LITs should wear a one-piece bathing suit or modest 2 piece/tankini. Male staff & LITs should wear modest length swim shorts.)

  1. Help maintain the cleanliness of the camp and the organization of all equipment.

  1. Act in a professional manner at all times.  You are representing the YMCA and our summer day camp.

  1. Use language that is professional & appropriate for our youngest (4 yrs.) campers.  This includes appropriate topics, slang words, and refraining from swearing.

  1. Model the YMCA core Character Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, & Responsibility at all times.

  1. Plan and lead a minimum of 1 teambuilding activity each week.

  1.  Work as a member of a LIT team to plan and lead 1-2 whole group or camp-wide activities during the summer.

  1.  Assist with weekly field trips and camp events.

  1.  Responsible for following the YMCA dress code and wearing the provided LIT shirt on Monday-Thursday as well as dressing for Friday’s theme.

  2.  Provide a safe, fun, and memorable summer camp experience for the campers.

  1.  Attend daily LIT breakout sessions and trainings with the Camp Director. (Only applicable to scheduled weeks of attendance.)

  1.  Complete weekly self-evaluations and submit them to the Camp Director on Thursday.

  1.  Meet with the Camp Director weekly for evaluations and progress reports.


For more information contact:


jlamb@fultonfamilyymca.org | 315.598.9622



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