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Junior Leader in Training Program

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Formerly our Junior Counselor in Training program.

Junior Leaders In Training

The Junior Leadership in Training Program (jLIT) is 1-week of leadership and outdoor skills training followed by 1-week of camp mentoring experience as a jLIT with younger campers.

Leadership Training

Your jLIT commitment starts with a 1-Week Residential Overnight in Sandy, Oregon. During this orientation week we focus on learning Guild Skills, communication and how to be truly helpful and safe in the kindergarten classroom. Midweek, we take a field trip to our Portland Day Camp site to observe kindergarteners in action. In addition, you have opportunities to choose Guild Skills to train from our Four Guilds.

Day Camp Field Training

Your commitment also includes participation in 1-week of Field Training with our Kindergarten age day camp. This week is an opportunity to apply the leadership and Guild skills you’ve been learning at orientation or other Trackers experiences. All jLIT's are eligible to do their field training weeks in either of the following Day Camp locations: Southeast PDX or Hillsboro. After completing your commitment, you receive a certificate that honors your leadership service.

Choose Your Guild

As a jLIT, it isn't necessary to choose a specific Guild to train throughout your Orientation Week. Your training during that week includes a combination of required skills and activities you choose based on your interests.

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

More on our Four Guilds

Commitments

Tuition includes 1-week of overnight training in leadership and traditional skills. Plus a 1-week commitment as a Junior Leader in Training in Trackers Summer Camps.

Important Information

You can download our program information packets:

jLIT Overnight HandbookIncludes logistics and essential health forms for our overnight.
jLIT Planning GuideAll about choosing and preparing for your additional field training weeks.

Important forms we will need for program registration:

Drop-off/Pick-up Time

We leave on our our Trackers Buses from 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon at 1:30pm on Sunday and return at 2pm every Friday.

Locations

Orientation & Overnight Camp
Sandy, Oregon At Camp Trackers in the Marmot Valley. This beautiful 40-acre woodland site includes the Trackers Homestead where you find free-range chickens, milking goats, abundant wildlife and one of the most epic forests this side of Middle Earth.
Day Camp Weeks
4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, Oregon Within minutes of most Portland neighborhoods, right next door to the 140 acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge where we find birds, deer, bike paths and much more!

National and International Campers

Airport Shuttle
We offer shuttle service from Portland International Airport, to set this up before you book your flight learn more about flying to camp.
Consecutive Weeks
For campers staying more than one week our Weekend Camp Adventures are designed just for you. These are fully accommodated Friday - Sunday weekend programs which offer different fun activities and the chance to unwind from each week of camp. You can canoe, hike, explore local sites and visit the Oregon Coast. Learn more

Contact Us to Learn More

Give us a call (503) 345-3312

Commitment

After the 1-week Leadership Training, you share your skills for 1-weeks during the summer either as a Student Leader at our Summer Day Camps for ages 4-5.

Orientation Week

Our jLIT Overnight Orientation allows jLIT's to cross-train in all the guilds. Target archery, foam arrow games, role playing, gardening and wild plants safety, arts and crafts, and fishing are only a few activities that they can participate in throughout the week. They also receive training in building rapport with campers and staff, keeping kids safe and traveling in groups as a role model.

One day during the orientation week is spent in Portland where they have the opportunity to observe, interact with and remember what it's like to be a 4-5 year old. They get to know the SE Portland location and nearby Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge where they spend most of the field training week.

Field Training Week

Our jLIT Training week occurs during one week of your summer. Lead and Assistant Instructors will guide you through the week, encouraging you to express your inner playful leader while helping you to become more aware of safety in and outside the classroom. Be ready for adventure!

Feedback to Grow By

Throughout the week, our Lead Instructors offer support to our jLIT's by providing them with opportunities to ask questions, giving them constructive and positive feedback, as well as setting clear expectations. On the Thursday of each week, the Lead Instructor sits down with each jLIT and both express their overall experience in camp that week. jLIT's will be encouraged to share their favorite and most challenging parts of the camp experience, as well as what they learned about working with people younger than themselves.

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.