Leaders-In-Training (L.I.T.) Program


Cost: $800

The LIT program is a leadership development opportunity for youth turning 16 this year (or completing grade 10) and is designed to help cultivate strong leadership skills, build confidence and strengthen faith through training, mentoring, hands-on experience and personal growth. It is a great way to gain the tools and experience to apply for a paid staff position in the future and to prepare you to be a leader in your church, school, community and beyond.

Here is the outline of the program:

Week 1: Wilderness Canoe Trip - July 3-10

We are starting the summer off with a bang! LITs will arrive at Hidden Acres, load up their gear and head straight to the base camp for their canoe trip. From there we will prepare, get a good night's sleep and head out the following morning. The rest of the week is full of opportunities to learn, grow, reflect, have fun and of course there's lots of camping and canoeing. We will arrive back at the base camp at the end of the week to unpack and celebrate the week. We then depart for Hidden Acres the next morning and wrap up the first week with a restful night and then some training the next day. Everyone heads home by supper time on the final day.

Weeks 2 and 3: Practice Experience Weeks

These two weeks are practical work experience opportunities. They provide you with an opportunity to put into practice all that you learned on the canoe trip and the training day. One of the weeks will be working in a cabin as a junior cabin leader. You will be working alongside an experienced cabin leader and spending the week helping our campers have a great time at camp! The other week will be gaining an understanding of how other areas of camp operate. You will work alongside many of our support staff to learning about the kitchen, office, maintenance, housekeeping, programs, and more. By the end of these two weeks our goal is that you will have a good understanding of what it's like to work at Hidden Acres.

The weeks will be scheduled based on the programs happening at camp and your availability. We will work with you to discern which weeks and programs would be the best fit. 

Click HERE to see which weeks are available for your practical work experiences.

Week 4: Out-Trip - August 23-27

The final week of the program is what we call the "Out-trip". It involves a 2-3 hour hike to a designated camping spot where, as a group of LITs, you will reflect and wrap up your summer. 

Please Note

  • The practical experience weeks are granted based on the recommendation of the LIT Leader in consultation with the Program Director after the canoe trip and training.
  • Space is limited, only approved applicants will be accepted.