A leadership program for 7th – 11th graders. Available only in California 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 attend 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 2014. This is perfect for graduates of Destination Science camp, student body officers, or 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 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.

Important Application Deadline and Mandatory Retreat Date for First Time LITs

Northern California

  • Application Deadline: May 2, 2014
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time: May 17, 2014 10am to 3pm
  • Retreat Location: Will be in Santa Clara County, facility TBA

Southern California (New LITs choose training date)

  • Application Deadline: April 25, 2014
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time: May 10, 2014 10am to 3pm
  • Application Deadline: May 30, 2014
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time: June 14, 2014 10am to 3pm
  • Retreat Location: Will be in Los Angeles County, facility TBA

Long Island New York

  • Application Deadline: June 13, 2014
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time:: June 28, 2014 10am to 3pm
  • Retreat Location: Will be in Nassau County, facility TBA

First Time Applicants: Steps to be an LIT in 2014:

  1. Submit the online application (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 (required two weeks minimum) prior to submitting payment.
  2. Obtain TWO references
    LIT applicants are required to submit TWO references from 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 after TWO references are received by the Destination Science office.
  3. Attend a New LIT Retreat on a designated Saturday in your area
    The LIT 1-day leadership training, will be lead 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 & 8:30am on Tuesday – Friday staying until 3:30pm each day. If you are not able to make a full day and week commitment please request another week(s).

Returning Applicants: Steps to be an LIT in 2014:

  1. Submit the online application (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 (required two weeks minimum) prior to submitting payment.
  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 & 8:30am on Tuesday – Friday staying until 3:30pm each day. If you are not able to make a full day and week commitment please request another week(s).

 *The following location do not offer the LIT program: Scripps Ranch, Westwood-UCLA, Torrance YMCA, Culver City YMCA, Westchester YMCA, Dublin, & Lafayette.

First Time LIT Retreat & Program Fees

First Time Applicants

  • $199 for the one-day leadership retreat & materials (required)
  • $75 per week of camp (2 weeks minimum required)

Returning LIT Program Fees Only (no retreat)

Returning Applicants

  • $75 per week of camp (2 weeks minimum required)

***Payment is due at time of application (Payment will be refunded if we are unable to complete your request.)

Applications:

For questions or concerns regarding the LIT program:

Email LIT@destinationscience.org  or call us at  888.909.2822.