Build confidence and gain experience.

Discover your personal leadership style, and put it into action! Our Leadership Program progresses with campers through their teens – from Day Camp Assistant to Counselor in Training to Junior Counselor. Each level of this program includes team-building activities, training and hands-on experience working with and leading younger campers. During the school year, teens continue to meet monthly leading service projects and building leaderships skills.


Tanadoona Outdoor Leaders (January – May and September – December)

Meet during the school year to participate in leadership development and team-building activities. Teens co-create and lead service projects to build confidence and gain experience. Learn more.


Day Camp Assistant (DCA)

This one-week training offers a bold step for teens looking to grow their leadership skills. DCAs spend the first part of the week in team-building and interactive leadership training with lead camp staff – including first-aid, behavior management, specialty programming and more. During the second part of the week, DCAs partner with Tanadoona counselors assisting Day Camp groups in daily activities. DCAs stay overnight on Thursday helping with Thursday Overnight campers. We recommend a minimum of two years of DCA before progressing to CIT.

Offered twice:

Cost: $320 | Ages: 14-15



Counselor in Training (CIT)

Just what you need to prepare you as a future camp counselor! Tanadoona has fantastic counselors and this is your chance to learn from the best! This is a two-week training; CITs will spend their nights at camp and return home during the weekend. Applicants do not need to have completed DCA to be eligible for CIT; however, it is recommended.

  • First Week: This week is full of fun, team-building, and interactive training on health and wellness, leadership and team-building with others, activity planning, promoting positive behavior, and more.
  • Second Week: Now’s your chance to put everything you learned to use! Work side-by-side with a Tanadoona counselor leading a group of Resident Camp or Day Camp campers.

Two-week Program: July 21 – 26 and July 28 – August 2

Cost: $600 | Ages: 15-16



Junior Counselors (JC)

Spend the summer learning, growing and having fun! Complete a training with Tanadoona Counselors at the start of the summer, then volunteer for three weeks of your choice throughout the summer to lead alongside Counselors. As a JC, you will help set an outstanding example for campers, support Counselors, and gain hands-on experience as a Counselor – plus build service hours!  JCs will coordinate their weeks once they successfully complete the application process.

Required Training: June 6

Cost: $100 | Ages: 17 (or going into 12th grade)





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