Formerly our Counselor in Training program.
This program begins with 1-week of outdoor leadership training followed by 3-weeks as a Leader in Training (LIT) with younger campers. Work with some of the best outdoor educators to develop key leadership skills. This may include wilderness survival scenarios, designing garden plots or working with your team to ensure campers feel comfortable, safe and happy.
First time LIT's or those under the age of 15 do their 3-weeks of field training at our day camp programs located in Southeast Portland, Northwest Portland, or West Portland. These camps start and end each day at one of our various headquarters located in different neighborhoods. During the day, they head out in school buses to local green spaces for their adventures. They return home each day.
Returning LIT's or those over the age of 15 have the opportunity to also do their 3-weeks of field training at our overnight residential camps in Sandy, OR. These camps start on Sunday afternoon and end Friday afternoon. LIT's remain onsite during that time. Other LIT's may be eligible for residential camp even if they are not returning, if they are over the age of 15 and have had experience with Trackers overnights as a camper in past years. Please contact us in advance of registering to connect with our Camp Director about this opportunity.
Choose Your Guild
When you register for the Leader in Training Program you learn as a member of our Four Guilds. LIT's may choose to train intensively in one Guild or across the Guilds. Our Camp Director sends you a Welcome Packet after registration and works with you to choose and secure your 3 Field Training weeks and themes. Skills of each Guild include:
Rangers Guild Wilderness Survival, Wildlife Tracking and the Curriculum of Shadows: Invisibility & Stealth
Wilders Guild Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants, Homesteading Crafts and the Wilders Garden
Mariners Guild Navigation, Water & Ocean Harvest and the Compass Rose: Marine Ecology and Sea Lore
Artisans Guild Storytelling, Fine Crafts and The Remembering: Place-Based Learning