Leadership programs for teens ages 15-18, with leadership opportunities at camp and in the city, during the summer and year-round
Where the Trail Blazers camper experience ends, the Trail Blazers leadership experience begins!
The Overnight Leaders in Training (LIT) experience is rooted in our classic Overnight Camp program and takes place during the summer. This is the first step in a journey of skills training and leadership development.
Next, The APEX is our year-round teen leadership initiative aimed at creating a more diverse camp staff with years of experience at camp. The three-year program includes in-season staff training, off-season professional development retreats and social gatherings, year-round employment in our school-affiliated programs, and direct check-ins with The APEX team.
The APEX offers the support, both financially and professionally, that our young leaders need to sustain their commitment to the program and to camp. In the end, we aim to create a more invested, more diverse workforce for Trail Blazers and the camp industry at large.
All of our leadership programs are designed with our participants’ futures in mind. The programs are built around real-world experiences and practical skill development. Our young leaders will learn how to work with children by being part of our counselor staff. Our young leaders will receive professional development for their future employment from guests speakers and specialists. Our young leaders will learn outdoor skills. These elements come together to create Trail Blazers leaders.
Our leadership programs are grounded in the summer, but they don’t stop there. We aim to engage all our leadership campers year-round, both in the city and at camp. Participants will have opportunities to continue honing their skills through internships with our year-round team or job opportunities in our school programs.
Importantly, we want to remove the barriers that keep our potential leaders from taking part in our leadership programming. We have eliminated all tuition costs for our leadership campers and most of our programs provide stipends or pay to the young leaders.
One of our core values is care and respect for others. In our Leadership programs, this value comes to light in the way we lead others. Training opportunities, professional development, coaching sessions, and workshops are modeled after our staff training program, deepened through leadership and work experience.