Camp Woodstock YMCA
"The Friendship Camp"

Leader In Training

Boys and girls who will be 15 or 16 years old by June 20, 2020 are eligible to apply for our unique LIT Program. This program is significantly different than regular camp, and is set up as its own entity. The primary purpose of this intensive, four-week program is to teach leadership skills that will benefit the LIT in his/her home, school, and community. The experience is designed to teach leadership skills including communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution. These skills are taught through many activities from discussions and teambuilding challenges, to speakers and hands-on leadership opportunities, all the while emphasizing the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The LITs live together for four weeks in Roskin Lodge under the leadership of five seasonal LIT Directors and the Youth Leadership Director. Three weeks are spent in training, and one week is spent assisting counselors with cabin and activity responsibilities. The program also includes a three-day camping trip in Vermont, a day trip to a local shoreline beach, the “LIT Show”, and an American Red Cross Lifeguard training course (for strong swimmers) or CPR & First Aid.

2020 Dates

Session 1: Sunday, June 28 – Saturday, July 25

Session 2:  Sunday, July 26 – Saturday, August 22

2020 Open House

The LIT Open House will be held in Roskin Lodge on April 18th, 2020, from 2pm-4pm.  This event lets parents and perspective LITs a chance to talk to former LITs directly about their experiences as well as learn all of the first hand benefits of participation in the LIT Program! If you are interested in attending our LIT Open House, families may sign up here. If this date does not work for you and your family, our Youth Leadership Director would be happy to help you set up another time for a visit and discussion about the program.

What are LITs saying about their experience?

  • 98% of LITs feel that they leave the program with new leadership skills.
  • 98% of LITs feel that they leave the program as a better person than when they started.
  • 100% of LITs said that they learned and/or practiced the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility during the LIT program.
  • 100% of LITs felt that the staff also embody these values.

(Results based on the 2013 & 2014 LIT Program Surveys)

“I had a lot of fun, and got really close to everyone here – it was a really eye opening experience, and was the best time I’ve ever had at Camp Woodstock, in my 4 years coming!”

“In the LIT program, I learned it’s important to be yourself, and never pass up an opportunity to help or make a new friend.”

“In the program, it’s important to enjoy every second of it because it goes by so fast. It’s also important to not be afraid to be yourself, because everyone gets so close, and will love you for who you are.”

“I’ve enjoyed every moment I had here (at camp), and this summer will stay with me forever. I’ve made many new friends, and the program really helped me grow as a person.”

“The positive environment and the support of the other LITs and LIT Directors helped me open up and learn a lot about myself and grow as a person and a leader.”

To APPLY to become an LIT please review the following information:

All LITs must submit a completed application along with two (2) personal reference forms. These references should be non-family members. Popular references include coaches, teachers, pastors, family friends, neighbors, or guidance counselors.

Please keep in mind that acceptance into the LIT program is based upon two things:

  1. That all paperwork has been received and is fully completed (including references).
  2. That those applying are truly interested in the LIT program and have proven (either at camp or in your home community) to possess CHoRR values (Caring, Honesty, Respect, & Responsibility).

All applications will be reviewed & accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

2020 LIT Application

2020 LIT Reference Forms

For more information about the LIT program, please email our Youth Leadership Director or call: or 860-974-1336


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