Building empathetic leadership skills at the best place on earth
Camp Fitch is proud of a progressive leadership development sequence for teens age 15–17. Our friendly, non-judgemental culture solidifies the leadership lessons that teens learn at home, church, and school by giving them an opportunity to practice them. Under the observation of our Leadership Development Staff, each camper gets plenty of coaching to help them become the leader they want to be.
The LIT Experience for 15 year–old campers focuses on problem-solving, communication, and personal-development. This one-week experience includes an overnight hiking trip in our beautiful woods and a project-based challenge: both activities demand honest and open communication. Campers live in Boys’ and Girls’ Camp with one of their staff coaches.
The two-week CIT Experience prepares 16 year–old campers to lead kids as a Skipper at Fitch or elsewhere. The first week of the CIT Experience is spent learning how to direct kids and lead activities. The second week is an apprenticeship week spent shadowing Fitch’s strongest staff who mentor each CIT. CITs get a performance evaluation at the end of the experience which helps them to continue to solidify the gains in empathetic leadership they’ve practiced at Camp.
Often a teen’s first job, our Galley Crew Experience helps kids understand how to navigate the world of work with friends in a place they love with managers committed to teen development. As a job, the experience starts with an application and preference is given to those applicants who have successfully completed the LIT and CIT Experiences. Duties include a mix of assisting supervision and activity facilitation for campers, and some dirty jobs like washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen. For decades, many of our Skippers started their Fitch staff journey on the Galley Crew, and reflect that it was the most fun summer they had on staff.