Des Plaines Park District

Leader in Training Program

2018 Leader In Training Program

About The 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. 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.

 

  1. Complete the LIT Application and submit a letter of recommendation from your school principal.
  2. Interviews will be done between March 19–April 6.
  3. Once Applications are approved (via email or phone) registration will begin April 9 at the Leisure Center Front Desk.
Camp Locations & Sessions will be determined based on the order of Applications Submitted. You are not a guaranteed a position in the desired camp you mark on the application.

Questions? 847-391-5700 or via email: Jeanette.Berard@dpparks.org

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 Sunshine, LIT

Min/Max: 2/4
Leisure Center, Room 110
Two-week sessions
Monday–Friday, 7:00a-6:00p

Regular Rates: R: $100/ NR $120
*Session 2 Regular Rates R: $80/NR: $96

 

Session 1 6/11 – 6/22
Session 2* 6/25 – 7/6
Session 3 7/9 – 7/20
Session 4 7/23 – 8/3
*No camp  7/4

Camp Sunshine Schedule

LIT Director at camp on Wednesdays and Thursdays
Monday: General Camp Activities
Tuesday: General Camp Activities/ Sunshine Campers Swim Lessons
Wednesday: General Camp Activities /PM Leisure Center Game Room
Thursday: Sunshine Campers Swim Lessons/General Camp Activities/PM Swimming at Iroquois
Friday: Leadership Peer Meeting / LIT Director trip to Mystic Waters


Camp Discovery, LIT

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

Regular Rates: R: $100/ NR $120
*Session 2 Regular Rates R: $80/NR: $96

Session 1 6/11 – 6/22
Session 2* 6/25 – 7/6
Session 3 7/9 – 7/20
Session 4 7/23 – 8/3
*No camp  7/4

Camp Discovery Schedule

LIT Director at camp on Mondays and Tuesdays
Monday: General Camp Activities / PM Mountain View Adventure Center
Tuesday: Discovery Campers Swim Lessons/General Camp Activities/ PM Swimming at Chippewa
Wednesday: General Camp Activities
Thursday: General Camp Activities/ Discovery Campers Swim Lessons
Friday: Leadership Peer Meeting / LIT Director trip to Mystic Waters


Leader in Training Participation Requirements:

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

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 parents regarding campers. Limited parent 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.