Build confidence and gain experience.

Discover your personal leadership style, and put it into action in our Leadership Development Program. This program progresses with campers into 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.

Tanadoona Outdoor Leaders 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) offers a bold step for teens looking to grow their leadership skills at Tanadoona. DCAs spend part of their day in leadership training with lead camp staff – including first-aid, behavior management, specialty programming and more. The rest of each day, 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.

July 31-August 4 | Register

Cost: $300 | Ages: 14-16

Counselor in Training (CIT) is 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 doe not need to have completed DCA to be eligible for CIT; however, it is recommended.

  • First Week: Learn about camp administration, health and safety, leadership and team-building, and planning and implementing activities as a counselor.
  • Second Week: Work side by side with counselors, with the opportunity to implement activities you worked on during your first week.

Two weeks: August 6-11 and 13-18 | Apply online

Cost: $550 | Ages: 15-17

Junior Counselors (JC) spend the summer learning, growing and having fun! Commit to at least one full week of camp, or participate in multiple weeks of camp. JCs are not paid and you do not pay for the week(s) you participate. JCs collaborate with and support camp counselors, assisting with planning, coordinating, and teaching camp activities. This is a time to build experience and share your love for camp with younger campers. All JCs must take part in a two-day, one-night training in May/June, date TBD. JCs will coordinate their weeks once they successfully complete the application process.

Apply online

Training Fee: $100 | Ages: 16-18


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