Des Plaines Park District

Leader in Training Program

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.

Download these PDFs:
LIT Application
LIT Evaluation
LIT Welcome Letter

You can also download the Summer Camp Guide that’s available in the Spring Spectrum.
2017 Summer Camp Guide, Version 1

Leader-In-Training Program

For Summer Camp Counselors
Ages 13–15

Are you interested in learning what it is like to be a camp counselor? The Teen Leaders who are accepted into this program are support staff at Camp Sunshine and 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.

Complete the application (download the PDF at and submit a letter of recommendation from your school principal.

Interviews and hiring will be done from March 21–April 14 by Jeanette Berard.

Questions? 847-391-5700 or via email:

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

Camp Sunshine, LIT

Min/Max: 2/4
Leisure Center, Room 110
Two-week sessions
Regular Rates: R: $80/ NR $100
*Session 2 Regular Rates R: $64/NR: $80

Session 1 6/12 – 6/23 165120–1
Session 2* 6/26 – 7/7 165120–2
Session 3 7/10 – 7/21 165120–3
Session 4 7/24 – 8/4 165120–4
*No camp 7/3 & 7/4

Camp Discovery, LIT

Min/Max: 2/4
Prairie Lakes, Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Two-week sessions
Regular Rates: R: $80/ NR $100
*Session 2 Regular Rates R: $64/NR: $80
Session 1 6/12 – 6/23 165090–1
Session 2* 6/26 – 7/7 165090–2
Session 3 7/10 – 7/21 165090–3
Session 4 7/24 – 8/4 165090–4
*No camp 7/3 & 7/4