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Leader-In-Training
Entering 9th-12th Grade Only
Grades: 9+

Our EDMO™ Leader-in-Training (LIT) program is for youth entering 9th-12th grade of highschool who want to build leadership and facilitation skills. (Students graduating 8th grade in the Fall of the current academic year may apply.) Our LIT program focuses on team bonding and a deepened sense of responsibility, in both the day-to-day interactions, and overall vibe and camp experience. Leaders-in-Training cultivate strengths, gain community service hours, the opportunity to earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award, access to a network of support in the enrichment field, and lay the foundation for leadership positions in the future.  

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Leadership, Initiative, Responsibility. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method™.

Future Leaders Start Here!

Whether you’re a new Leader-in-Training (LIT), a returner, a parent, or a guardian, this is the spot to learn about our three types of Leaders-in-Training, as well as our easy 1-step enrollment process!

Please Note: Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance into the LIT program. In the spring, enrollees must go through a 1-day interview/training process. If for any reason the program is not a good fit, any fees will be refunded.
  • Weekly Schedule & Responsibilities
  • Leader-in-Training (LIT) Position Options
  • Enrollment Process
  • Interview/Training Day Itinerary
  • LIT Program Benefits
  • LIT Scholarship Program

Leaders-in- Training are expected to be at camp from 8:10AM – 3:30PM each day. A sample schedule with some of the tasks an LIT will do during a typical day is below.

DAY/TIME CLICK ON EACH ACTIVITY BELOW TO LEARN MORE
8:10 - 9:00 AM AM Program Support

During our AM Care Hour, Leaders-in-Training check in with the LIT Coordinator, support in classroom set-up and support the AM Program staff with campers.

8:15 - 8:45 (Wednesday Only) Leadership Workshop

During the weekly Leadership Workshop, LITs get valuable face time with their site’s Camp Director. During this time, LITs learn about various leadership methodologies and how to incorporate them into interactions with campers and in their own lives and futures outside of camp.

9:00 - 9:30 AM Drop-off/Morning Rally

Leaders-in-Training support the rest of the EDMO team during the camper check-in by greeting families and playing outdoor games with campers. They then participate in the Morning Rally by performing songs, skits and more!

9:30 - 10:30 AM Enrichment 1

During the first enrichment block of the day, LITs support counselors and Instructors in the classroom while aiding students with their daily projects.

10:30 - 10:50 AM Snack

LITs sit with campers as they eat their snacks and help campers to clean up afterward.

10:50 - 11:50 AM Game Time

Leaders-in-Training actively participate in and lead outdoor games and activities with their camper groups and counselor.

11:50 AM - 12:25 PM Lunch

LITs are not required to have lunch with their camper group and can use this time to meet and check-in with the rest of the Leaders-in-Training  for the first 30 minutes. After they’ve eaten, they then help facilitate and participate in free play and the “Joke Song” with campers.

12:30 - 1:30 PM Enrichment 2

During this enrichment block, LITs support counselors and Instructors in the classroom while aiding students with their daily projects.

1:35 - 2:35 PM Team Time

LITs support counselors by modeling positive behavior, actively participating in social emotional learning activities and leading small activities.

2:40 - 3:30 PM  Closing Rally

Leaders-in-training participate in PM rally and support check-out by helping to bring campers our to their parents. 

On Friday, afternoon rally will include an LIT recognition ceremony as a public acknowledgement of each LIT’s hard work, growth and progress along our EDMO Leadership Ladder.

Team Leader-In-Training 

  • Supports Lead Counselors with facilitation, games and team vibe
  • Assists Instructor in the classroom with projects and classroom management
  • Aids Camp Director with various camp operations, admin and camper relations

Tech Leader-in-Training (Knowledge of desktop Minecraft, Roblox, and Scratch preferred but not required.)

  • Helps across all tech programs including Minecraft, Roblox and Cartoon Coders
  • Acts as an Assistant Instructor and supports the EDMO™ Tech classroom and Instructor
  • Assists Tech Instructors in classroom management and organization
  • Supports campers as they build and solve problems in Minecraft, Roblox or Cartoon Coders.

Equity Leader-in-Training (This position at EDMO™ Equity camp locations only. Unique application required, see Equity LIT Program.)

  • Cultivate leadership potential by learning foundational leadership skills through the lens of equitable youth development programming.
  • Commit to the entire length of the Equity program (4 – 6 weeks)
  • Exposure to the various facets of the camp experience by shadowing the CD’s, Coaches, Instructors, and Counselors.  
  • Assigned to specific members of the team during the camp day and responsible for tasks/duties as assigned.
  • Learn more about our Equity LIT Program.

Enroll in our Leader-in-Training Program. You will receive a confirmation email once enrollment is complete.

  • When you enroll, you will need to select/complete the following:
    • Camp Location
    • Weeks you Wish to Participate in the LIT program
    • Interview/Training Day for your Region
    • A leadership questionnaire to be used during training
  • LITs need to volunteer at least two weeksWeeks do not need to be consecutive.
  • A weekly program fee of $90 a week (SF Bay Area) or $50 week (Sacramento Area) will be charged. Enrollment Fees are waived if you are working at one of our Bay Area Equity sites. Program fees are 100% refundable until April 30. 

Enroll

Anyone enrolled in the Leader-in-Training Program must attend a 1-day interview/training day in their region. Each training will take place from 10:00am to 4:00pm with a 30 minute break for lunch.

Returning LITs are only required to attend the second half of the training day from 12:30pm to 4:00pm.

Scheduled Training Dates

  • North Bay: May 4th, Sports Basement, 100 Vintage Way, Novato
  • San Francisco: May 4th, Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco
  • Sacramento: May 4th, Maidu Regional Park, Roseville
  • East Bay: May 11th, Lake Temescal North Entrance, Oakland
  • South Bay/Peninsula: May 11th, Sports Basement, 1177 Kern Ave., Sunnyvale

If you are unable to attend the above, make-up dates are:

  • Bay Area: May 18th, Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco
  • Sacramento Area: May 26th, EDMO™ Sacramento Office, 5905a Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael

New Leaders-in-Training

  • 10:00 – 11:00am: Group interview; as a pathway to a potential career, this process provides participants with real-life job interview experience in order to develop those professional and personal skills necessary to increase employability.
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: New LIT Logistics Training; learn what a week at Camp EDMO™ looks like. You will learn what your role and responsibility with campers will be, prepare questions for returning LITs, and of course, play fun camp games!
  • 12:00 – 12:30pm: Lunch

New & Returning Leaders-in-Training

  • 12:30 – 2:00pm: Welcome and EDMO™ Leadership Ladder Training; new LITs will parter up with returning LITs and learn from their previous experiences. All LITs will then be introduced to our method of measuring growth as leaders in camp: The EDMO™ Leadership Ladder.
  • 2:00 – 4:00pm: EDMO™ Orientation (songs, rallies, games, cheer competition, etc.); each LIT will have an individualized position depending on years in the program and role for the upcoming summer.
A reminder email will be sent 2-weeks prior to the interview/training session in your region. Should you need to change dates, you may do so by accessing your EDMO™ account.
Aside from having a fun summer, LIT’s will also gain these other benefits from our program:
  • Community Service. Hours volunteered at camp can be applied to middle and high school leadership programs or community service programs. You will receive a letter detailing the hours you volunteered at camp, upon request, from your site’s Camp Director.
  • Earn the PVSA (President’s Volunteer Service Award). This year EDMO™ is proud to be a certifying organization of the PVSA. This means LIT service hours are eligible for the PVSA.  Just another awesome EDMO™ perk!  Levels and hours required are based on age. Please check out the PCVSA website to see how you qualify.
  • Counselor Pre-Approval. While at camp, if your Camp Director thinks you’re ready to be a Counselor at Camp EDMO™, don’t be surprised if they hand you a letter stating that you’ve been pre-selected to be one in Summer 2020!

Letters of Recommendation are also available upon request.

The Corina LIT Scholarship Program was created in memory of Corina Stafford, a Camp EDMO™ Leader-in-Training who exemplified curiosity, courage and most of all, kindness. This scholarship program provides five, 2-week scholarships to youth entering 9th-12th grade in Fall of 2019 who meet the requirements of a Camp EDMO™ Leader-in-Training, but need financial assistance to participate.  Visit our Leader-in-Training (LIT) Scholarship Program Page to learn more and apply.

$50-$90/week depending on location (Pricing Varies by Location)

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

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DAY/TIME CLICK ON EACH ACTIVITY BELOW TO LEARN MORE
8:10 - 9:00 AM AM Program Support

During our AM Care Hour, Leaders-in-Training check in with the LIT Coordinator, support in classroom set-up and support the AM Program staff with campers.

8:15 - 8:45 (Wednesday Only) Leadership Workshop

During the weekly Leadership Workshop, LITs get valuable face time with their site’s Camp Director. During this time, LITs learn about various leadership methodologies and how to incorporate them into interactions with campers and in their own lives and futures outside of camp.

9:00 - 9:30 AM Drop-off/Morning Rally

Leaders-in-Training support the rest of the EDMO team during the camper check-in by greeting families and playing outdoor games with campers. They then participate in the Morning Rally by performing songs, skits and more!

9:30 - 10:30 AM Enrichment 1

During the first enrichment block of the day, LITs support counselors and Instructors in the classroom while aiding students with their daily projects.

10:30 - 10:50 AM Snack

LITs sit with campers as they eat their snacks and help campers to clean up afterward.

10:50 - 11:50 AM Game Time

Leaders-in-Training actively participate in and lead outdoor games and activities with their camper groups and counselor.

11:50 AM - 12:25 PM Lunch

LITs are not required to have lunch with their camper group and can use this time to meet and check-in with the rest of the Leaders-in-Training  for the first 30 minutes. After they’ve eaten, they then help facilitate and participate in free play and the “Joke Song” with campers.

12:30 - 1:30 PM Enrichment 2

During this enrichment block, LITs support counselors and Instructors in the classroom while aiding students with their daily projects.

1:35 - 2:35 PM Team Time

LITs support counselors by modeling positive behavior, actively participating in social emotional learning activities and leading small activities.

2:40 - 3:30 PM  Closing Rally

Leaders-in-training participate in PM rally and support check-out by helping to bring campers our to their parents. 

On Friday, afternoon rally will include an LIT recognition ceremony as a public acknowledgement of each LIT’s hard work, growth and progress along our EDMO Leadership Ladder.

“My daughter has enjoyed her second summer as an LIT and is learning valuable and important social life skills. Thank you, EDMO, for promoting the value of learning in a curious, fun and supportive environment. ”
– Helen K., LIT Alameda Parent