Summer and vacation camps 
for kids and teens, located in Waltham, MA

The Leadership Training Program (LTP) at Running Brook is designed for 7th, 8th and 9th graders who enjoy working with younger children, are interested in learning more about themselves as leaders, and are open to a dynamic group experience! Over the course of two summers with us, our LTPs complete a progression of training and learning opportunities.
"My son is a very shy/nervous kid. The LTP program was great for him in reaching beyond his comfort level in situations where he would have normally shy'd away. I have seen tremendous strides in his confidence in the few short weeks he was involved."

How do I apply for the program?

Below are the steps for applying for the first summer in the program:

  1. Two-part application process: parent registers camper and camper completes a written application
  2. Obtain three letters of recommendation
  3. Schedule a face-to-face interview if contacted by the Director of the Leadership Training Program
If the candidate displays the appropriate readiness for the demands and responsibilities of the program, and there is an available space, they will be accepted to the program! 

At the end of their first summer in the program, each LTP will be given a formal written evaluation of their work by the LTP Director, which includes whether or not they are being recommended for a second year in the program. Those campers who are recommended should complete the application and will not need to have another face-to-face interview.

So what do LTP's do at camp?

For the first half of the day, LTPs follow a structured schedule of various training opportunities, including classroom-based instruction from camp administrators and community service. They also get the chance to enjoy some fun together in some of our regular camp activities.

For the other half of the day, LTPs spend time with younger camp groups. LTPs are typically assigned to the same group for an entire two-week session. 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. 

For our Friday special events, LTPs are given the choice to assist in the activities with the younger campers or partake in the activities themselves!
My daughter joined the Running Brook community for the first time as an LTP1. The staff and campers made her feel comfortable immediately. She loved doing community service, working with the campers and making new friends. She gained so much self-confidence in such a short time.
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. A significant portion of the week for the LTPs is also spent debriefing and processing their experience working with the campers, engaging in team-building activities and discussion/self-reflection activities focused on leadership styles.

Although a large number 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.