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 2015. 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 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 & Mandatory Retreat Date for First Time LITs

Northern California

  • Application Deadline: May 8th, 2015
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time: June 6th, 2015 10am to 3pm
  • Retreat Location: Juana Briones Elementary in Palo Alto (4100 Orme St.)

Southern California (choose one training date)

  • Application Deadline: May 8th, 2015
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time: May 16th, 2015 10am to 3pm
  • Retreat Location: Bridges Academy in Studio City (3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd.)
  • Application Deadline: May 15th, 2015
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time: June 13, 2015 10am to 3pm
  • Retreat Location: St. Michael’s Church in Studio City (3650 Coldwater Canyon Ave.)

Long Island, New York

  • Application Deadline:May 29th, 2015
  • New LIT Retreat Date & Time: June 29th, 2015 9am to 2pm
  • Retreat Location: Adelphi University in Garden City (1 South Avenue)

First Time Applicants – Steps to be an LIT in 2015

  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 Tuesday – Friday, and will stay until at least 3:30pm each day. If you are not able to make a full day and week commitment please request an alternate week.

*First Time LIT Retreat & Program Fees*

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

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

Returning Applicants – Steps to be an LIT in 2015

  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 Tuesday – Friday, and will stay until at least 3:30pm each day. If you are not able to make a full day and week commitment please request an alternate week.

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

*Returning LIT Program Fees Only (No Retreat)*

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

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

Applications & Reference Form

For questions or concerns regarding the LIT program:

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