A leadership program for 7th – 11th graders. Available only in California, Washington, and Long Island, NY locations at this time.

Has your teen previously participated in the Destination Science camp experience? Have they mentioned how they wish they could still be involved with Destination Science? Are they looking for something new and exciting to do this summer? Would they like to add real leadership experience to their school resumes? If so, they may want to consider becoming a Leader in Training with Destination Science!

What is Leaders in Training?

Leaders in Training is a hands-on leadership experience for kids entering 7th through 11th grade in the fall of 2016. This is perfect for graduates of Destination Science camp, student body officers, or any students interested in gaining real-world leadership experience.

7 Key Expectations of Every LIT:

  1. Do the right thing: Be responsible for your own actions, don’t blame others.
  2. Be a role model for campers: You are not a camper at DS, kids look up to you.
  3. Be kind & polite: Show respect for campers, parents, teachers, and other LITs.
  4. Work hard: Give 100% at all times.
  5. Be helpful: Ask, “How may I help you?” when unsure of your next role or task.
  6. Join in: Be a participant, not a spectator in camp activities.
  7. Be Safe: Play so the campers can win, never be competitive.

First Time Applicants – Steps to be an LIT in 2016

  1. Submit the online application and payment (link found below).
    This is where you will tell us more about yourself and why you want to be an LIT. You will also be selecting your location and desired camp weeks (two-week minimum required) prior to submitting payment.
    • Program Fees: $199 Mandatory Training, $75 per camp week (minimum two-weeks required)
  2. Obtain TWO references.
    LIT applicants are required to submit TWO references from non-family members such as a teacher, coach, scout leader, clergy person, etc. prior to application review. References from family members will not be accepted. ***Applications are only considered complete and ready for review after BOTH references are received by the Destination Science office.
    • For our easy-to-use Reference Form, please CLICK HERE.
  3. Attend a New LIT Training on a designated day in your area.
    The LIT 1-day leadership training will be led by professional speaker and author, Jill Esplin, who teaches leadership skills to teenagers across the nation. With high energy activities, stimulating group discussions, and memorable stories, students learn and use skills necessary to be effective leaders.
    • Students at the leadership training will:
    • Discover practical ways to communicate with parents, teachers and friends!
    • Determine their personal leadership style and how to best use it!
    • Develop facilitating skills and learn how to be a role model to younger campers!
    • Grow as leaders and enhance self-confidence!
  4. Participate in a minimum of two weeks at your chosen location.
    LITs will arrive promptly at 8:00am on Monday of each week, and 8:30am Tuesday – Friday. LITs will stay until at least 3:00pm each day. If you are not able to make a full day and week commitment, please request an alternate week.

Returning Applicants – Steps to be an LIT in 2016

  1. Submit the online application and payment (link found below).
    This is where you will tell us more about your LIT experience and why you want to return as an LIT. You will also be selecting your location and desired camp weeks (two-week minimum required) prior to submitting payment.
    • Program Fees: $75 per camp week (minimum two-weeks required)
  2. References NOT required.
    Returning LITs are not required to submit references.
  3. Participate in a minimum of two weeks at your chosen location.
    LITs will arrive promptly at 8:00am on Monday of each week, and 8:30am Tuesday – Friday. LITs will stay until at least 3:00pm each day. If you are not able to make a full day and week commitment, please request an alternate week.

Summer 2016 Deadlines & Dates

**Northern California**

  • New LIT
    • Application Deadline: Saturday, April 23, 2016
    • Training Date & Time: Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Training Location: Palo Alto – Fairmeadows School [500 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto, CA 94306]
  • Returning LIT
    • Application Deadline: Sunday, June 5, 2016
    • APPLY HERE

    **Southern California**

  • New LIT
    • Application Deadline: Sunday, April 24, 2016
    • Training Date & Time: Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 1:30pm – 6:00pm
    • Training Location: Studio City – St. Michael’s Church [3650 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City, CA 91604]
  • Returning LIT
    • Application Deadline: Sunday, May 29, 2016
    • APPLY HERE

    **Long Island, New York**

  • New LIT
    • Application Deadline: Thursday, June 9, 2016
    • Training Date & Time: Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Training Location: Garden City – Adelphi University [1 South Ave., Garden City, NY 11530]
    • APPLY HERE
  • Returning LIT
    • Application Deadline: Sunday, June 26, 2016
    • APPLY HERE

    **Washington**

  • New LIT
    • Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    • Training Date & Time: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 10:00am – 3:00pm
    • Training Location: Bellevue – Jewish Day School [15749 NE 4th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008]
    • APPLY HERE

    For questions, comments, or concerns regarding the LIT program send an email to LIT@destinationscience.org, or call us at (888) 909-2822.