- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: Independent Provider
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 10th, 11th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Leadership
- Selective: No
- Ages: 15, 16
- Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
- Accreditation: American Camp Association
Founded in 1915, the YMCA Camp of Maine has been dedicated to fulfilling the principles symbolized by the YMCA triangle, the development of MIND, BODY and SPIRIT for all. Located on the shores of Lake Cobbossee, the camp is situated on over 300 acres of pine tree forests, meadows and fresh water ponds. With one- and two-week overnight sessions, YCamp has programs for boys and girls ages 7 - 16 years.
LIT/CIT PROGRAMSLITs and CITs are critical members of the YCamp Community. Campers want to be them, and counselors wish they were them. LITs and CITs are honing their skills for leadership. We all have a capacity to lead and when we are able to reflect on our own strengths and areas for improvement, we are able to be molded and work toward our own leadership potential. It is important to YCamp that the leaders in our community are genuine to themselves and are contributors to our success.
LEADER IN TRAINING (LIT)LITs play an important role in camp as they learn how to be positive leaders - at Camp and in their home community - with their unique personality. Participants are developing as leaders in their own communities, and at YCamp, they will carry the torch of YCamp’s tradition. Many of our staff members are former campers, who have participated in our leadership development program. Space is limited in this program to ensure every participant can experience a personalized, intentional program.
The program schedule for LITs is full of activities that help the individual explore their own leadership style, develop skills for leading small and large groups, and increase their capacity to lead at YCamp and at home. LITs are evaluated throughout their experience so they can grow, learn, and explore. It is important that everyone is encouraged to grow their capacity to lead based on their own talents and desires.
Role models pay an integral role in all of our development. Counselors at YMCA Camp of Maine are no different. LITs learn the power of role modeling and the importance of living with the four core values (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Caring) and leading with them to encourage a positive environment.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTSUS campers must be 15 years old by June 1.International campers must be 16 years old by June 1.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT)CITs continue their personal journey of leadership development while focusing on specific Camp Counselor skills. Everyone has their own leadership desires and aspirations. This program helps participants grow as individuals while they increase their leadership potential in all aspects of their life.
Successful LIT participants will be invited to participate as a CIT during the next summer. Because of the vast interest and competitive nature of this program, there are limited spaces available for campers who have not completed the LIT program.
CITs continue to work within their small group to develop skills. Participants are individually assigned to cabins, Activity Periods, and special assignments which give them real, hands on experience. CITs are provided with opportunities to grow and develop as young adults, leaders, peers, and mentors as they emerge as professionals.
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTSUS participants must be 16 years old by June 1.International participants must be 17 years old by June 1.Completion of the LIT program is preferred. Limited spaces available.