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.

The LIT-I application and reference requirements can be found at the bottom of this page. 

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

Colchester Recreation

ATTN: Day Camp

127 Norwich Avenue

Colchester, CT 06415

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.