Over the course of two summers with us, our LTPs go through a progression of training and learning opportunities that we believe will not only help to prepare them for the opportunity to work with young children at some point in the future, but will also develop their skillset as leaders, their confidence among their peers, and their character within the broader community.
First-year and second-year LTPs follow different schedules and have different learning opportunities and experiences within their group. First-year LTPs are assigned to work with younger camper groups for the first half of each camp day, typically working with the same group for a two week span. They may also be assigned as an assistant to a specific activity specialist if this is of interest to them and when deemed to be an appropriate fit by our LTP Director. They work within their group or activity assignment for the entire morning, Monday - Friday. LTPs receive direct and ongoing feedback and supervision from the group counselors (or specialist) with whom they are assigned, as well as from the LTP Director. The LTPs reconvene as a group for lunch, and then spend their afternoons following a structured schedule of regular camp activities. For our Friday afternoon special events, LTPs join in the fun, and are also given the opportunity to choose to assist in the activities with the younger campers. A good portion of the week for the LTPs is also spent debriefing and processing their experiences with campers in the mornings, engaging in team-building activities and discussion/self-reflection activities focused on leadership styles.
Second-year LTPs spend their mornings at camp in a variety of different learning contexts. They will have the opportunity to go off-campus for some community service, they will have some classroom-based instruction from different camp administrators, and they will have some experiential, adventure-based activities off-campus. Each day, they will spend their afternoon assigned to work with a younger camper group or an activity specialist, so that they still spend a large percentage of their time in direct work with our campers. As an added highlight, the second-year LTP group will travel off-campus during their 3rd week in the program for a two-night overnight camping expedition, giving them a more intensive team-building opportunity.
Although the majority of our current Junior Counselors were participants in the Leadership Training Program at some time, participation does not guarantee a position working on staff at Running Brook. Rather, the primary goals of the program are to build self-awareness and self-confidence, to learn and enhance leadership skills within a camp environment and to have fun and grow through a dynamic group experience.