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.
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.
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