OUR LEADERSHIP IN ACTION PROGRAM

This is the leadership and development component of the Camp Independence.  Participants will have to apply and be accepted in order to participate.  Our Leadership in Action program is organized into 2 distinct tracks: Junior Counselor and Assistant Counselor.  Participants will be given leadership roles and responsibilities during the week of camp, while taking time to reflect and process what they learn as they are in action.

What is the purpose of our Leadership in Action Program?

The purpose of our program is to provide participants with training on how to use effective leadership skills throughout their lives, and how to work effectively with others at camp and in many settings.

Who Should apply as a participant with our Leadership in Action Program?

These leadership positions are for young people who are highly motivated, ready to work, play hard, and who demonstrate additional responsibility in accepting the challenges of leadership.  Young people interested in this opportunity must meet the eligibility requirements in order to apply, complete out an application, and be interviewed in person or by telephone.

What are some of the leadership skills that will be gained and recognized?

The leadership skills that participants will be able to recognize after participating in this program include communication; teamwork; setting goals and implementing an action plan to achieve them; making responsible decisions; developing strong relationships with others; developing increased confidence, caring, responsibility, respect, organization, and creativity; and handling conflicts and solving problems.

What benefit is there to learning these leadership skills?

The leadership skills that will be learned can be used in all parts of life, including home, school, sports, youth groups, work, and in the community.

How will these leadership skills be taught?

Camp is about learning by doing, so participants learn these skills in a safe environment through a variety of fun and challenging activities, workshops, and discussions.

Participants will have opportunities to work directly with campers under the mentorship of camp staff.  They will get practice in leading groups and teaching games and skills.

They also get to create, plan and present their own special events and programs for other campers and staff.  Participants receive frequent feedback and evaluations, do self- evaluations, and keep a "Leadership Log" journal to help them get the most from their experiences.

What are some leadership skills that are taught by leading campers?

The skills for leading campers include communication, with a special emphasis on listening and teaching positive behavior and values; handling undesired behavior and conflict in positive ways; leading games and activities; teaching skills in sports, crafts, and other areas; presenting in front of small and large groups;  earning respect from others; working on a team; creativity; and problem solving.  Participants will also learn about how a camp operates, the roles and duties of camp administrators and staff, and how camps serve children. 

How may these leadership skills be applied to real life application?

These skills are applicable to roles in work, school, group and personal relationships.  They are also the type of skills that are sought after in many areas of volunteer work including; camps, education, mentoring, recreation, psychology, social work, child care, religious youth groups, and organizations, just to name a few.  These are skills that make good citizens, great aunts, uncles, spouses and parents in the future.

The Junior Counselor Track:

A Junior Counselor is a camper that has been accepted to participate in a leadership role at Camp Independence.  JC's will work together as a team to take on different tasks and responsibilities at camp.  In addition, JC's will participate in an off-site service project on the first day of camp.  Since JC's are still campers, they will get to enjoy many of the same activities as the rest of the campers.

What are the eligibility requirements for an applicant interested in the Junior Counselor track?

  1. Entering Junior or Senior year of high school, or, just graduated high school.

  2. Qualify as a camper for Camp Independence.  (See "Camper Registration" page for camper eligibility requirements)

  3. Fully complete the Camp Independence online Camper Registration.  (To be completed by parent/guardian) 

  4. Submit a fully completed medical physical form.  (To be completed and signed by a physician)  

 

If an applicant meets the above eligibility requirements, the following needs to be submitted no later than June 1st, 2019.​

  1. Fully complete the online Junior Counselor Application, once it has been added to CampDoc profile.  This must be completed by the camper only.

  2. Provide the contact information for 2 separate references that are willing to complete a "Camp Leadership Recommendation" form.  References must meet the proper criteria to be considered a reference.  (Criteria is explained towards bottom of page)

The Assistant Counselor Track:

An Assistant Counselor is a Counselor/Staff person that will participate in a leadership role at camp by being assigned to a cabin group, under the mentorship of a Senior Counselor.  The AC will participate in the leading and daily responsibilities of working with younger campers.  Their role will include participation with both the Junior Camp and Teen Camp components of Camp Independence.

What are the eligibility requirements for an applicant interested in the Assistant Counselor Track? 

  1. Just graduated high school, and have previously been a Junior Counselor at Camp Independence. 

  2. Or, have been out of high school for at least 1 year, and is under the age of 21 before camp begins.

If an applicant meets the above eligibility requirements, the following needs to be submitted no later than June 1st, 2019.​

  1. Fully complete the online Assistant Counselor Application on your CampDoc profile.  

  2. Provide the contact information for 3 separate references that are willing to complete a "Camp Leadership Recommendation" form.  References must meet the proper criteria to be considered a reference.  (Criteria is explained towards bottom of page)

What is the acceptable criteria of the type of person expected for the references?

The references cannot be a family member, or any member of the bleeding disorders community.  Examples of potential people to ask may be teachers, coaches, principals, youth workers, religious clergy or professionals, and employers.

References are Due no later than June 1st, 2019.

If applying for a Junior Counselor position, please complete the Camper Registration with your parent/guardian/authorized caregiver:
If applying for an Assistant Counselor position, please complete the Assistant Counselor application: