Join our Leader in Training (LIT) program! Apprentice in outdoor leadership skills with Trackers Earth. Begin with a week or more of leadership experience at our overnight camp. Work with expert outdoor educators to develop your own connection to nature and community through wilderness skills.
Your training immerses you in the outdoor and leadership skills of Trackers Earth. The Leader in Training program gives you opportunity to explore one or more 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 Storytelling and leadership
Personal & Professional Development
We explore how a focus on a sustainable and healthy livelihood benefits from a connection to nature. At the end of the week, your instructor provides you with a written evaluation of your time, honoring your experience and helping you find places to grow.
Our Leader in Training program mentors students through personal and professional development. This practical aspect of the program addresses what potential schools and employers seek out while cultivating communication and interview skills for LITs.
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 and partake in a great community celebration of friends both new and old. During this week students forge connections that last a lifetime. Options include:
Grade 6-8 jr Leaders in Training: Village Gathering Junior Leaders in Training start with one week of overnight training at Camp Trackers. They make new friends, develop outdoor skills, and begin their leadership journey with Trackers.
Grade 9-12 Leaders in Training: Village Gathering Together, under the guidance of our 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 simply learning how-to make a fire without matches or build a shelter. Learn how to teach these crafts as you foster a deep connection with nature and develop your leadership ability.
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. Learn how to incorporate elements nature awareness and craft. Cultivate safe skills for teaching and learning in the outdoors.
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. During this time you put your leadership skills into practice. Top educators mentor you in guiding younger campers in the outdoors. Important points:
- 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, nor essential, to join a Leader in Training overnight week.
For a quick reference to our approach to safety, staffing, meals and more, please visit our FAQ Page.
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