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Leader In Training

Miniwanca Leaders in Training are responsible, flexible, enthusiastic, and camper-focused youth development professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

LIT applications are due by January 20, 2019

Our days as a leader in training are simpler. We challenge often but have more fun. The outdoors is our home. We work together to create a community where individuals are respected, and where our values guide our actions. We gain confidence, share, and have fun.

Set on 360 wooded acres and a mile of private Lake Michigan shoreline, Miniwanca is a breathtaking and inspiring setting for growth. Towering sand dunes and pines line our beach. A second, inland lake provides the perfect setting for swimming, sailing, and canoeing.

At Miniwanca Boys Camp and Girls Camp, Leaders in Training (LITs) have a number of responsibilities that keep camp going strong. Their primary roles involve acting as a substitute leader on a cabin leader’s day off and leading Interest Groups. LITs will also act in crucial support capacities within camp. LITs ring bells to keep camp on schedule, support activity set up and take down, assist with dishes and facilities, lead large group assemblies and activities, and more.

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What should I know before applying?

Our LITs...

  • Love working with kids and being outside.

  • Are enthusiastic about growing and inspiring campers to grow.

  • See themselves as positive role models for the youth of Miniwanca.

  • Have just graduated from high school.

  • Reflections from a Former LIT

    Charlotte Root - LIT 2018

    The LIT experience was life-changing. As an incoming freshman in college, I stand by my belief that it is the best summer job to have. The nature of the job really lets you step outside of yourself and give to others. At first, I wanted to be an LIT to give back to a community that has given so much to me, but as the summer went on, I realized how passionate I was about the job. It made me be more aware of the people around me as well as the needs of the community. It helped me grow as a team player and responsible adult. Every one of my coworkers is amazing, interesting, smart, and funny with so much to offer and so much love to give to one another and to the campers. It’s a beautiful family with people who support each other and love each other through high times and low times. I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of that community. I think this job made me more aware, more caring, more loving, and more well-rounded. I can't recommend it enough.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What do we do in staff training?

    LITs will learn all about the mission, philosophy and values of the American Youth Foundation. They will learn how to work with campers, how to teach activities, and will work to build our positive community. By the end of staff training, LITs will be prepared to support in the daily tasks of camp, including leading cabins, activities, and more.

    Is food and housing provided

    Yes, food and housing is provided for the entirety of your contract with Miniwanca.

    What do the living arrangements look like

    LITs will live together in one of our open air cabins. Our cabins have open windows with no screens on them and have flaps that roll down to cover the windows in inclement weather. We suggest staff bring mosquito netting to cover their twin size bed. When covering a leader’s day off, LITs will stay in that cabin with the campers until the leader arrives.

    I have never been to camp before. Is that okay

    It is not uncommon for LITs to be experiencing camp and Miniwanca for the very first time. LITs should be open to new experiences and ways of operating when they come to Miniwanca, especially if this is their first time at Miniwanca or at a summer camp in general.

    What if I have dietary needs?

    Miniwanca is able to work with a variety of dietary needs and allergies. At each meal, Miniwanca will provide a dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian option. Miniwanca is peanut and tree nut aware and will not serve anything with those products in it. Some snacks and desserts may be created in a facility that uses peanuts or tree nuts, and safe alternatives will be offered when those are the general option.

    I don’t have a car. How do I get to camp?

    Miniwanca will pick up staff members on specific days from local airports and bus stations. If you do not have a car and are interested in using public transportation to get to camp please talk to your supervisor about what options are available to you.

    What a summer at Miniwanca looks like: