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Leader in Training: Teen Leadership Program

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Leadership Training (LIT)

Apprentice in outdoor leadership with the award-winning educators of Trackers Earth. Begin with a week of leadership training at our overnight camp, then share your experience as a mentor to younger campers.

Incredible Skills

Your training immerses you in outdoor leadership while learning the skills of our Four Guilds:

Rangers Guild Stealth, archery, and wilderness survival
Wilders Guild Wild plants, farm craft, and restoration gardening
Mariners Guild  Fishing, water, and mariners skills
Artisans Guild Fine craft, storytelling, and leadership

Personal & Professional Development

We develop personal and professional communication through group discussion about what schools and employers look for. At the end of the week, your instructor provides you with an evaluation, honoring your experience and making recommendations for growth. 

Summer Camps 2017

Our Leader in Training program features different weekly themes:

Village Gathering The Village Gathering is our most frequently attended Leader in Training (LIT)  and Jr. Leader in Training (jLIT) program. LIT's from all the Trackers Guilds come together to learn news skills through a great community celebration of friends both new and old. Options include:

Grade 6-8 jr Leaders in Training: Village Gathering Jr Leaders in Training start with one week of overnight training at Camp Trackers. They develop outdoor skills and begin their leadership journey with Trackers.

Grade 9-12 Leaders in Training: Village Gathering Together, under the guidance of our expert outdoor educators, LITs explore the many paths of leadership while forming a community that is inclusive, caring, and resilient.

Grade 9-12 Leaders in Training: Wilderness Survival Instructor Develop the skills of Forest Craft and wilderness survival. Go beyond making a fire without matches or building a shelter. Learn to teach these ancient arts as you cultivate a deep connection with nature.

Grade 9-12 Leaders in Training: Role-Playing Adventure Guide Enter the Realms of Cascadia. Help craft and guide a legendary live action role-playing adventure for younger campers. Weave nature awareness and Forest Craft into the educational game.

Optional Field Training

After the Leader in Training program of your choice, you can join us for optional weeks of Field Training in our day camps. This is where you put your leadership skills into practice. Lead Trackers Educators teach you to guide younger campers.

Multiple Weeks You can spread the optional Field Training throughout the summer. We recommend 1 - 3 weeks, though more is possible after a conversation with us.

Schedule Soon Field training is on a first come, first serve basis. We schedule your potential weeks after you register depending on room and availability.

Field Evaluations Like the Leader in Training camp, every week of field training includes an evaluation written and delivered by the Lead Educator mentoring you.

Overnight Eligibility Doing your Field Training at Overnights Camps is an exception, not the standard. Eligibility for Field Training at overnight camps is invitation only and limited to 15 years and up. LITs are welcome to begin a conversation about eligibility with our Program Directors but starting the conversation does not necessarily entitle the student to placement at Overnight Camps. It is challenging to get in and there is limited room. Expectations are high and not every student may currently be ready to move forward in this role. For parents, we ask that you allow your teen to go through the process independently and accept the nature of our decision in regards to their readiness for Overnight Field Training.

Please Note Field Training commitments are optional and not required to join a Leader in Training overnight camp week.

More Questions

For a quick reference to our approach to safety, staffing, meals and more, please visit our FAQ Page.

Consecutive Weeks

For campers staying more than one week, we offer Weekend Adventures. With canoes trips to mountain lakes and trips to the Oregon Coast you see the best of the Pacific Northwest. Learn more

Airport Pick-Up

We offer convenient and professional shuttle service to and from Portland International Airport. Register for the shuttle below.

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Contact Us to Learn More

Give us a call (503) 345-3312

The Four Guilds

Story is at the heart of all great education and adventure. We believe our lives on this Earth can be epic in both play and learning. All of Trackers camps, classes and productions can also be seen as great theater. Throughout our adventures you get to take part in one or more of our guilds: Rangers, Wilders, Mariners and Artisans.

Rangers Guild

Rangers Guild

The Rangers Guild are the scouts of the forest. Students train in stealth, tracking, and wilderness survival skills. If you ever loved the books My Side of the Mountain or Lord of the Rings the Rangers Guild is where you want to be.

Rangers may build a shelter, learn to carve wood, safely make fire with no matches, craft simple bows, or play fun stealth games to build outdoor fitness. They can loose an arrow with keen aim and steady eye.

Rangers are also master naturalists. They know the language and sign of all birds, beasts, and plants that live in wild.

Wilders Guild

Wilders Guild

Named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the Wilders Guild offers homesteading activities. Students could make cheese from farm fresh goats milk to bring home or press apples in the cider press while dancing to fine fiddle music.

You may find a Wilder starting seedlings for planting in family gardens or even working on fiber arts projects.

They make pickles and preserves, help cook nourishing meals over a fire, weave baskets, spin, knit, use plant dyes and other natural materials for coloring fabric. Through their thoughtful care of the forests and the meadows, the Wilders bring balance cultivation and care of the natural world.

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Mariners Guild

The Mariners Guild trains us in the skills of the water and sea. Mariners may study water ecology to learn about aquatic creatures. They could tie knots and even partake in artistic knot work.

In the Mariner's wood shop, we may build a canoe or other traditional skin on frame boat. Most importantly, the Mariners Guild goes fishing and kayaking! While they may not guarantee a catch, Mariners always have a good time sitting by the shore and casting. With the Mariners Guild, you can count coming home with a safe adventure on the water and a tall tale about the "big one that got away."

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Artisans Guild

The Artisans Guild encompasses a diverse range of storytellers and craftspeople. Instructors trained in the dramatic arts teach theater improv games that build confidence, creativity, and teamwork.

Artisans also share their stories through craft and art: From safe and successful metal working projects for younger students to more challenging blacksmithing techniques for older students. The Artisans also express their own story through painting and other art media; they create beautiful and useful things with their leatherworking and woodcraft projects. Through their craft, stories, and incredible adventures, the Artisans will take you on an unforgettable journey.