Des Plaines Park District

Leader in Training Program

Leader In Training Program Coming 2021


Every year, the park district runs a special Leader in Training Program for youth ages 13-15 who are interested in becoming summer camp counselors. The Teen Leaders who are accepted into this program are support staff at Camp Discovery under the supervision of our adult program counselors. Regular LIT meetings focus on leadership skills: how to plan and teach games and crafts to campers, share experiences, and more. The program is designed to help high school aged youth realize their leadership potential and develop the skills needed to be a major contributor to the success of our most impressionable age group of campers.


  1. Complete the LIT Application and submit a letter of recommendation from your school principal.
  2. Interviews are conducted in mid-March.
  3. Once Applications are approved (via email or phone) registration will begin April  5th at the Leisure Center Front Desk.
Camp Location & Sessions will be determined based on the order of Applications Submitted.

Questions? 847-391-5700 or via email: or 

This is not a paid position; LIT’s will receive 2 shirts and a name tag to be worn each day. As an LIT you will be required to register for at least 2 weeks of summer in order to participate.

Download these PDFs:
LIT Application

LIT Information Packet


Camp Discovery, LIT Coming 2021

Min/Max: 2/4
Prairie Lakes, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Two-week sessions
Monday–Friday, 7:00a-6:00p


Session 1
Session 2*
Session 3
Session 4

Camp Discovery Schedule

LIT Director at camp on Mondays and Tuesdays
Monday: General Camp Activities / PM Mountain View Adventure Center
Tuesday: AM Swimming/ General Camp Activities
Wednesday: General Camp Activities
Thursday: AM Swimming/ General Camp Activities
Friday: Leadership Peer Meeting / LIT Director trip

Leader in Training Participation Requirements:

Daily LIT shirt and name tag, bathing suit, lunch, sunscreen.

Actively participating with campers on a daily basis.

Leading games and activities when directed by Camp Director or LIT Coordinator.

Appropriate conversations / language with campers and counselors.

Appropriate safety measures with the campers and counselors.

Need to report all incidents to the Camp Director or LIT Coordinator immediately.

No communication with guardians regarding campers. Limited guardian interaction as this is not a true counselor position.

Leader in Training downtime will be during 2 PM activities, and 1 Friday per week- or when scheduled by the Camp Director.

All rules and regulations set for campers, counselors and directors must be followed at all times.

The Des Plaines Park District reserves the right to remove any participate of the LIT program at any time.