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LIT & CIT Sequence

Youth Leadership Development Programs:

 

 

 

Vanderkamp’s LIT/CIT Sequence

 

All interested youth and young adults must apply and be accepted into these programs. Acceptance is not guaranteed. Completion of online application and submiission of  3 references who can speak to the youth or young adult’s character and demonstrated leadership capabilities at home, church, school, or in their communities is required.

Open to All Youth ages 15 – 18

Vanderkamp’s LIT/CIT sequence is intended to help you develop into a confident, competent Christian leader by serving others, studying the Bible, participating in worship, and building meaningful relationships. We aim to educate, equip, encourage, and motivate you to advance your leadership skills so you may begin to effectively impact others in a positive manner through your relationship with Jesus Christ, at home, church, kamp, college, work, or your community as you approach the roles and responsibilities of adulthood. The LIT/CIT progression is a valuable training tool to prepare youth interested in pursuing involvement in camping and outdoor ministry.

As the name implies, this is an intensive program of personal growth, spiritual growth, leadership skill development, and activity skill development. It is not just the next step in our kamping program, nor is it a series of two-week camps for teens. Being a kamper is great but this experience is different and requires a change in attitude and mindset from Vanderkamper to kamp leader.

Vanderkamp’s LIT/CIT program is not for everyone… nor can we accommodate everyone.  Registration is two-part as you must complete an application and be accepted into the program.

The LIT/CIT sequence is intentionally designed to equip participants for Christian leadership in the context of kamp and beyond. We will focus on the biblical view of leadership where God has gifted each of us uniquely and it is our responsibility to identify, hone, and use those gifts in His service.

These programs will challenge and stretch participants in many ways under the guidance of caring leaders including Vanderkamp Chaplains. Even if you have never attended kamp before, the LIT program has the potential to profoundly change your life.

 

Are you up for the challenge?  

Note: LIT I and LIT II cannot be taken in the same calendar year as we believe it is essential that you have adequate time to reflect upon and incorporate these experiences into your life before continuing your Christian leadership journey. LIT’s & CIT’s are housed separately from other kampers to foster a unique sense of community as you learn, grow, and respond in faith.

Note: Due to limited space, sadly, we cannot accept all LIT and CIT applicants. Interested applicants must complete the online application below and provide three references who can speak to the LIT applicant’s character, faith, and relevant experiences. Applicants accepted into their desired program will receive an email invitation to register for that program. The email will include a group hold code granting access to register for these restricted programs.

 

LIT I 

Sunday June 24 – Friday July 6 – Youth ages 15-17

LIT I is the first program in Vanderkamp’s LIT/CIT sequence and is open to youth ages 15-17 years of age. This program introduces participants to the basics of Christian leadership while serving the Vanderkamp community. LIT I’s will be challenged to explore and articulate their faith in a caring and supportive environment. They will examine what the Bible has to teach us about being a Christian leader.

LITs will be participate in a guided journey of self-discovery as they explore and learn to articulate their faith in a caring and supportive environment, complete self-assessments related to leadership skills, activity skills, and basic personality inventories. They will learn how to effectively communicate including giving and receiving constructive feedback.

LIT I’s will play an invaluable role in creating the magic of our Uniquely Vanderkamp program as they learn the basics of leading activities or programs, the rationale behind intentional sequencing and timing of a variety of kamp activities, and help make kamper dreams come true. Servant-leadership opportunities extend to non-program areas such as dining services, landscaping, and the community farm to accommodate all interests and provide a full behind the scenes tour of what it takes to provide kampers with a fun, engaging, unique, and successful kamp experience.

Participants will tackle issues related to their transition from kampers to leaders including peer leadership, positive role modeling, and the stages of group development. They will be challenged to learn problem-solving skills while assisting with programs at kamp and during teambuilding activities with fellow LITs. Participants will assist with the ministry of kamp through leading worship, devotions, camp skits, and the like under the guidance of Vanderkamp Chaplains.

So if you love working with children, are not afraid of hard work, want to make friendships that last a lifetime, explore and deepen your faith, and be a part of the behind the scenes magic of Uniquely Vanderkamp… this program is for you!

LIT Is are housed separately from other kampers to foster a unique sense of community as they learn, grow, and respond in faith.

LIT II 

Sunday June 24 – Friday July 6 – Youth 16-17 years old & completed LIT I

Youth’s leadership journey continues with the second program in Vanderkamp’s LIT/CIT sequence and is open to youth 16-17 years of age. Participants will learn the Christian leadership skills that will help them excel beyond kamp in their churches, schools, clubs, college, workplaces, and communities. Greater emphasis is placed on personal faith development and how participant’s personal talents or gifts from God can be honed and used in His service. We delve deeper into the theoretical foundations that underlie Vanderkamp’s unique summer kamp experience.

Participants will learn about child development theories that teach us how to relate to children in ways they can best understand; program theories that address the need for intentionality in our programming—including unstructured play; and theories related to kamper’s faith development. LIT II’s will learn how to guide and help kampers manage their behaviors and address typical camp issues like homesickness using child development theories and best practices. 

LIT II’s will further develop their activity-leading skills in areas of interest to them (e.g., canoeing, whacky games, night games); continue developing their decision-making and judgment skills, and learn advanced techniques for facilitating and processing kamper’s activity and spiritual experiences. Participants will assist with the ministry of kamp through leading worship, devotions, camp skits, and the like under the guidance of Vanderkamp Chaplains. 

Like LIT I’s, participants will assist with the ministry of kamp through leading worship, devotions, camp skits, and the like under the guidance of Vanderkamp Chaplains. LIT II’s will also participate in solo and group faith experiences within their own small community.

Are you ready to take the next step in Vanderkamp’s outdoor ministry by challenging yourself spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically as a Christian leader? The work is hard, the days are long, the need is great, and the rewards are life changing.

Are you game?

LIT IIs are housed separately from other kampers to foster a unique sense of community as they learn, grow, and respond in faith.

(Note: LIT I and LIT II cannot be taken in the same calendar year as we believe it is essential that participants have adequate time to reflect upon and incorporate their LIT experience into their lives before proceeding on their Christian leadership journey here at Vanderkamp.)

CIT

Sunday June 24 – Friday July 6 & 2nd Week of Your Choice! – Youth ages 17-18

Graduates of Vanderkamp’s LIT II program, who are 17-18 years of age, are eligible to apply for a spot in our Counselor In Training (CIT) program. This is the final step along participant’s transformational journey from kamper to kamp leader. Though not required for future consideration as a summer staff member here at Vanderkamp, this experience is intentionally designed to prepare you for the duties and responsibilities you will face working or volunteering in the rewarding field of camping ministry. Successful completion would provide participants with a distinct advantage, having become thoroughly familiar with Vanderkamp’s philosophies, theoretical underpinnings, operational structure and procedures.

Accepted applicants will further their development as Christian mentors and leaders with increased emphasis on guiding and working with today’s youth to assist them in developing,  deepening, or strengthening their personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This program will challenge our CITs intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. CITs will also receive further training in camp counseling, program development and delivery, and learn all aspects of a vibrant and functional outdoor ministry. This is an experiential program where CITs will learn the underlying rationale and theories for our outdoor ministry in a summer camp setting followed by opportunities for practicing under the tutelage and guidance of supportive, compassionate, and seasoned mentors. Just some of the topics covered will be faith development theory, child development theory, ethics, risk management, as well as our camping and outdoor ministry goals and objectives.

What type of Christian leader do you want to be? Can you picture outdoor or camping ministry in your future? We’ve got you covered!

CITs will receive certification in CPR and First-Aid. (Note: CITs may receive certification as a Wilderness First Responder for a nominal additional fee.)

CITs are housed separately from other kampers and LITs to foster a unique sense of community as they learn, grow, and respond in faith.

CITs will participate together in one-week of concentrated training and be scheduled to return individually for a week of kamp where they will shadow and assist Vanderkamp’s summer staff in providing Vanderkamper’s with the summer of their lives.

Selected CITs successfully completing the program will be eligible to return as volunteers or Jr. Counselors THIS SUMMER! All are encouraged to apply as counselors next year.

Note: Due to limited space, sadly, we may not be able to accept all CIT applicants. Interested applicants must complete the online application and provide three references who can speak to the CIT applicant’s character, faith, and relevant experiences.

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