Summer Leaders in Training program

Summer Leaders in Training program

Update

Please note that the Leaders in Training program has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Alberta Health restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Check back next spring to apply for summer 2021.

The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is designed for youth 12-17 years old (must have completed grade 7) who are looking to develop their leadership skills in a fun and positive environment.

The program provides many great opportunities to meet new friends, plan and implement games, as well as build positive and meaningful relationships with campers and instructors alike. Through participation in the interview process, training and earning increased responsibility in a work-like environment, participants gain invaluable experience, giving them a head start as they pursue future leadership and employment endeavours.

The LIT Program operates during the months of June (training), July and August. Participants will be placed in four program areas within the Recreation, Parks and Culture department. These four areas are preschool, youth, performing and visual arts. They will assist in a variety of summer camps and participate in activities such as sports, active indoor/outdoor games, swimming, drama, arts and crafts.  

LIT program levels

Throughout the program, LITs have the opportunity to progress through levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. All participants will start the program at level 1. At the end of each summer, the LIT Coordinators will make recommendations on whether the LIT will move to the next level or repeat the same level the following year.

We follow this system to ensure that all individuals within the program can enjoy success and are given appropriate responsibility, consistent with their leadership development. We recognize that each participant develops their leadership skills at their own pace and we want to accommodate this in a positive and supportive environment.

    • Commit to a minimum of two weeks (70 hours) at assigned camps.
    • Plan and lead at least one game and one activity/craft per week with adequate support from an instructor.
    • Assist program instructors and demonstrate the skills, characteristics and abilities required to progress to Level 2.
    • Commit to a minimum of two weeks (70 hours) at assigned camps.
    • Plan and lead at least two games and one activity/craft per week with little support from an instructor.
    • Increased responsibility while assisting program instructors plus demonstrated skills, characteristics and abilities required to progress to Level 3.
    • Commit to a minimum of two weeks (70 hours) at assigned camps.
    • Plan and lead at least one game per day and two activities/crafts per week.
    • Mentor Levels 1 and 2 LIT participants.
    • Demonstrate the skills, characteristics and abilities required to progress to Level 3.
    • Commit to a minimum of two weeks (70 hours) at assigned camps.
    • Challenged to plan and lead half of the camp games, crafts and activities throughout the week.
    • Contribute to the instructor team as an equal and collaborate with the instructor team daily.
    • Mentor level 1, 2 and 3 LIT participants.

    Demonstrate the skills, characteristics and abilities required to successfully and independently lead activities in camp and graduate from the program.

    • Celebrate success at a wrap-up party.
    • Gain knowledge and understanding of leadership roles.
    • Develop and improve leadership and communication skills.
    • Work in a positive team environment.
    • Network and build meaningful relationships.
    • Be an exemplary role model.
    • Improve ability to adapt and overcome a variety of obstacles.
    • Introduction to Strathcona County’s guest services approach and provided the opportunity to apply and practice it.
    • Familiarity of Strathcona County facilities and programs.
    • Opportunity to assist in Youth registered programs and camps throughout the rest of the year and receive an honorarium for hard work.
    • Receive a personalized reference letter.
    • Spend the summer meeting new friends and having fun!  


Deadline for applications:

May 20, 2020.

How to apply

Participants must submit an application form and complete the interview process BEFORE registering in the program and paying the registration fee.


Questions?
Phone: 780-416-7271
Email: recreation@strathcona.ca

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Last updated: Thursday, May 21, 2020
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