Camp Foley campers that are high school aged can participate in our leadership program. The leadership program is broken into three sections (LIT 1, LIT 2, CIT & LIT 3), and each section meets during an activity period to develop the skills of effective leadership. Anyone in the leadership program is required to act responsibly and respectfully within their group and at camp. These campers do their best to follow Camp Foley's Core Values, Code of Living and other policies.
Leader in Training (LIT)
As an LIT, campers use group games, role playing and initiatives and discussions to build leadership skills like teamwork, responsibility, respect, motivation, listening, problem solving, planning, initiative, creativity, persistence, presenting and observation.
A camper's first summer in the LIT program is spent as an LIT 1. Campers staying for two or four weeks may apply to be an LIT 1 (no additional cost). As an LIT 1, campers learn about leading their peers, large group control, speaking in front of large and small groups, and creative planning and presenting as a small group.
A camper's second summer in the LIT program is spent as an LIT 2. Campers staying for two or four weeks may apply to be an LIT 2 (no additional cost). As an LIT 2, campers build upon LIT 1 skills, work on solo or partner planning and presenting, and spend some time working with younger campers.
Completion of the LIT program does not necessarily mean that a camper is guaranteed an invitation or acceptation into the CIT program.
Counselor in Training (CIT) & LIT 3
CITs and LIT 3s are taught to lead a specific group of people - children. In this program, campers continue to build upon the skills learned as an LIT 1 and 2; however, this program is for campers that are committed to learning how to work with younger campers.
Campers that are entering 11th grade, are staying for four weeks and have completed two weeks of the LIT program may apply to be a Camp Foley CIT. Our CITs are role models that every camper - young and old - looks up to. CITs spend a great deal of time with our younger campers learning cabin dynamics, teaching skills and building relationships outside their age group. Added responsibilities of Foley CITs include:
- Sister/Brother Cabin: CITs are assigned a different Fox or Coyote cabin to work with each of the two weeks they are at camp. CITs will spend some evenings with that cabin, go to Treehouses with that cabin and sit on the benches with that cabin before and after meals.
- Dining Hall: CITs are assigned to a Fox table and spend meals with our younger campers.
- Activity Assist: CITs assist a counselor at an activity for one signup. Usually, CITs pick an activity they may want to teach as a counselor.
- Opening Campfire: CITs plan and put on Second and Fourth Session's Opening Campfires.
Campers that are entering 11th grade, are staying for two or four weeks and have completed two weeks of the LIT program may apply to be a LIT 3 (no additional cost). LIT 3 campers have class with the CITs and focus their leadership efforts on Foley's younger campers. As an LIT 3, campers are not paired with a brother or sister cabin and do not assist in an activity.
Completion of the CIT/LIT 3 program does not necessarily mean that a camper is guaranteed an invitation or acceptation to the Octo Internship or is guaranteed future employment as a counselor.
Other Leadership Opportunities
Campers that are 14 to 16 years old can work as a Dishwasher in Camp Foley's Dining Hall for a discount in tuition ($10/time). Dishwashers learn strong work ethic and how to work well with a partner. Dishes are done six or 12 times/2 week session. Apply to be a Dishwasher.
There are limitations to the number of times LITs and CITs may dish wash throughout a session due to their added responsibilities with the leadership program.
The Octo Internship is by invite only. Alumni that are entering 12th grade return to camp for two weeks (free of charge and free of compensation) to work five to six hours/day in the kitchen, live with our younger campers, help at activities and assist where needed for the betterment of camp. Octos enjoy some of the privileges of being a counselor, but also attend some activities as campers.
Completion of the Octo Internship does not necessarily guarantee future employment as a counselor.