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    University or Maine: Leadership Programs, Ages 14-17


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: July, August
    • Session Length: Two Weeks, Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Outdoor Adventure
    • Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Leadership
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Career Clusters: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Education and Training
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Tanglewood’s Leadership Development Programs don’t just teach you to appreciate nature or how to be a good team member, they model how to succeed as a member of a community. These programs provide lessons in ecology and teach practical outdoor skills, while also allowing you to gain an understanding of communication, decision making, group dynamics, problem-solving, world diversity, and sustainable living.

    There are 3 phases to the Leadership Development Program, and while many participants strive to become camp counselors, the skills learned can be applied in many situations throughout life (trust us, living as part of a social community will teach you many skills you’ll need for work, college, trade school, and life beyond).

    All Leadership programs are based at our camp in Lincolnville, and campers practice being leaders through participation in outdoor adventures, focused skill-building activities, and being social.

    All programs at Tanglewood require participants and staff to “disconnect” from digital devices to be truly present to programming and community needs. Trips take place rain or shine, and in all conditions in between (with caution and safety in mind). No two programs are the same, and different times of the summer showcase different facets of group process and adventure. Come with an open mind and be ready for whatever may come your way.

    Teens today face greater challenges and stressors than we have seen in years. An important facet to leadership success is the development of true “social networks” among young people in real-time, to have peers with shared experiences that you are able to connect with and find support through outside of camp. Many leadership participants consider these programs some of the most valuable experiences of their lives.

    We offer three Leadership cohorts by age that will build your skills and cofindence as you move through your teens. No previous experience in the outdoors or as part of the Leadership program is required, you start out in the Leadership program with your age cohort.

    Leadership One is for teens 14-15 years old. This two-week program introduces teens to the world of outdoor recreation and the fundamentals of leadership. 

    Leadership Two is for teens 15-16 years old. This program opens with revisiting essential skills for a successful 3-week program: canoeing, campsite setup, and communication.

    Leadership Three is for teens 16-17 years old. L3 is for older teens who want to continue to develop their skills in the outdoors while preparing to lead youth.