Leader In Training Program

Colchester Recreation Leader in Training:

We invite students entering 8th, 9th & 10th grade to apply to be a part of our 4-week Leader-in-Training (L.I.T.) program. The Leaders in Training program is designed to teach teens important and valuable lifelong leadership skills that they can use in school, in employment and in all aspects of their lives.

LITs work closely with a head counselor/mentor (head counselor, mentor and LIT Director) throughout the day. LITs help to provide supervision and plan fun activities for their group. Each day LITs meet as a group with the LIT Director to develop their leadership skills, plan an activity or project, and discuss ways to be more involved in the community. The curriculum targets the development of skills such as: supervision, team building, accountability, communication, leadership, creativity, reflection, and responsibility. Seasoned LITs serve as mentors to new LITs which creates a welcoming community of teen leaders.

The Leader in Training Program should be respected as a first job. LITs are held to high standards of professionalism to train them for future leadership roles. The LIT-I program is for students that have no previous experience working or volunteering with children. The LIT-II program is for students that have completed one or more years in the LIT-I program.

The LIT-I program concentrates on the following areas:

  • Being a positive role model
  • Creating meaningful connections
  • Planning & implementing various activities
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Learning & demonstrating appropriate & professional conduct
  • Building self confidence
  • Being responsible
  • Team building

All LIT-I applicants are required to go through an application and interview process. Applicants are not guaranteed a spot in the program. 

The LIT-II program takes the year one goals to the next level. We also incorporate the following:

  • Personal goal setting
  • Taking the initiative
  • Mentoring

Students in the LIT-II program may be invited to participate for another year(s). Invitations are based on the applicant’s performance and evaluations from the previous summer. Occasionally, exceptions made be made for applicants without LIT I experience if their experience and training warrants.  Please contact the Recreation Office at (860) 537-7297 to discuss further.  All LIT-II applicants will be asked to write a personal reflection on their experiences from the previous summer, what their goals are for the upcoming summer, and how participating in the LIT-II program will help achieve their goals. This personal reflection takes the place of a formal application. LIT-II positions are offered in 2 week sessions.

LEADER IN TRAINING I FEES: Based on a 4-Week Session

Monday-Friday (7:45AM-4:00PM)

Session #1: June 22, 2020-July 17, 2020                $200 Per Session

Session #2: July 20, 2020-August 14, 2020             $200 Per Session

One-time administrative fee per child                     $15

LEADER IN TRAINING II FEES: Based on a 4-Week Session

Monday-Friday (7:45AM-4:00PM)

Session #1: June 22, 2020-July 17, 2020                 $200 Per Session

Session #2: July 20, 2020-August 14, 2020             $200 Per Session

One-time administrative fee per child                     $15

ONLY LIT II and older applicants will have the opportunity to register for two-week sessions at the cost of $100.00 per session. To inquire about availability, please contact the Recreation Office at (860) 537-7297.

LIT I application deadline is April 24, 2020. No application will be accepted and reviewed unless it is complete. Upon review of applications, qualified LIT-I applicants will be invited to participate in an interview process. LIT II applicants will be notified by mail and/or email of their application status.

The LIT-I application and reference requirements can be found at the bottom of this page. *We understand that the closing of school has made it difficult to get a teachers reference. If you cannot email your teacher, you can use the form to get a reference from an adult who is not related to you and who does not live with you. Suggestions: an adult you work for, a pastor, an organization leader, etc. Please call the recreation office to discuss if you have questions. 

Applications can be sent to: ParksandRec@Colchesterct.gov or

Colchester Recreation

ATTN: Day Camp

127 Norwich Avenue

Colchester, CT 06415

PDF icon LIT I Application 421.66 KB
PDF icon LIT I Teacher Reference 298.51 KB
PDF icon LIT I Personal Reference 127.45 KB