Leaders in Training Camp

Leaders-in-Training (Ages 14-15)

The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is for youth ages 14-15 desiring to continue their camp experience. It focuses heavily on leadership skill development with the belief that confident teens today will become contributing and engaged adults tomorrow.

To explore their leadership potential, LITs engage in group work, problem solving and self-discovery with an emphasis on experiential learning and team-building activities.

At camp, they will take part in a training program focusing on how to assist younger campers, behavior management, teamwork, decision-making, risk management and how to lead programs. The LIT program encourages campers to develop improved leadership skills, confidence, maturity, and an enhanced sense of themselves and their role in their community.  This program is geared towards those that want to work at camp in the future.


Pretty Lake’s core summer mission is to provide free summer camp because the Camp is offered free-of-charge, we have general and specific eligibility guidelines campers must meet in order to be considered for the program.  Rules for acceptance and participation are the same for everyone without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, national origin, or any other legally protected status.  The general requirements for our campers are: must be managed socially and behaviorally in a group with one staff and eight campers, independent in their self-care skills, and a resident of Kalamazoo County or attending school in Kalamazoo County or Mattawan School District.  The specific requirements for each program are listed below:

Applicants must be ages 14-15 at camp time. Pretty Lake Camp alumni – those who attended the camp program – will be considered first.

LIT Application Process

To gain entrance to the program, applicant must apply online. If you would like to receive an application, please contact our camp director at (269) 375-1950 x120 or summer@prettylakecamp.org.

Placement decisions will be based on the application and questionnaire as well as the applicant’s past performance as a camper (if they have attended camp previously). With limited space for the LIT program we will be inviting selected candidates to an LIT interview day on Saturday, April 4th to determine acceptance into the LIT program.  If selected for the LIT Interview Day a notice will be sent by March 16th. Those Placement decisions will be made the last week of April and placement notification.  Please be aware that space is limited and not everyone who applies will be accepted into the program.

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