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Leaders-in-Training (Grades 8-9)

The Leaders in Training (LIT) program is for 8th and 9th graders 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 take part in an advanced camping program that includes traditional camp activities and an off-site community service project. The LIT program encourages campers to develop improved leadership skills, confidence, maturity, and an enhanced sense of themselves and their role in their community.


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 currently in the 8th or 9th grade (2018-2019 school year). Pretty Lake Camp alumni – those who attended Inpost or Outpost program – will be considered first.

LIT Session

The 2019 LIT program takes place during Session #3, July 7 – 13, is FULL.

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

Placement decisions will be based on the application and questionnaire as well as the applicant’s past performance as an Outpost camper (if they have attended camp previously). Placement decisions will be made the last week of April and placement notification will come in the mail mid-May. Please be aware that space is limited and not everyone who applies will be accepted into the program.