We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” — e.e. cummings
The ELM Project’s Leader-In-Training (LIT) program is a two-year program which allows former campers who have aged out of our summer camp to grow as leaders by participating in year-round skill building activities. These activities include both weekend retreats and cultural day trips in NYC focusing on developing self-awareness, building conflict resolution skills, and identifying and addressing personal challenges. There are approximately 9 LIT events held per year. The program teaches these adolescents to cooperate, communicate, and work together as a team. It is an opportunity for them to grow within a supportive environment, and get the tools they need to become successful, confident members of a community.
Every fall, applications to the LIT program are sent out to campers who have just completed their final year as campers (age 16 years). After applications are reviewed by the LIT Staff, notification letters are sent out to applicants and their guardians.
As summer approaches, participants in the LIT program may apply to be Junior Counselors at camp during the summer sessions. Based on their performance and growth at gatherings during the year, as well as on schedules and space availability, some members of the LIT program attend camp as Junior Counselors.
- Weekend skill-building retreats
- Tour of MTV studios in NYC
- Museum of Natural History
- Ellis Island
- Public Theater performance and Q&A with the cast
- Visit to Ishlab music studio in Brooklyn
- Attended Off Broadway performance of Stomp
- Visit to Tommy Hilfiger headquarters