Leaders in Training
Camp Heart Connection’s Leaders In Training (LIT) Program is designed to educate selected campers on how to become a Camp Heart Connection counselor upon graduation. The LIT Program is an intensive, highly engaged two-week session. An optional session is held virtually to prepare LITs prior to their in-person camp session. While LITs will without question bond with others in their sessions, the primary objective is to give back to the campers. Instead of just participating, LITs will be facilitating games, activities, debriefs and more. We want the LITs to learn how to initiate meaningful relationships with campers. The program will build on characteristics needed to do this such as fostering a sense of belonging, empowerment, security and trust.
Camp Heart Connection’s mission is to provide campers affected by childhood cancer and their families a secure environment to connect, grow, and create lifelong memories.
What to know
Campers from Oncology and Sibling Camp are eligible for this program. An application and interview process will be held to select up to seven female and seven male campers from each camp session to be part of Camp Heart Connection’s LIT Program. Oncology campers who are selected to be LITs will spend a week at Sibling Camp, while Sibling campers who are selected will spend a week at Oncology Camp.
Campers are eligible to become an LIT if they will be entering their junior (11th) or senior (12th) year of high school the fall following camp. Upon completion of the Leaders In Training program, LITs will have the opportunity to apply for the Youth Board Member position on the Board of Directors for Children’s Cancer Connection. After graduating high school, campers will only be able to attend camp as a camper for their final year, not as an LIT.