New LIT Program
The Bank Street Summer Camp has expanded and redesigned the Leaders in Training program into a comprehensive environment for young tweens and teens to learn from and engage with a progressive environment conducive to working with children.
This Leaders in Training program is broken up into three one-year programs. All LITs must attend the first year program, Leadership Development, but, depending on the age of the participant, some participants may be able to skip the second or third year programs.
Registration for this program is available online.
The following are some accounts from last year's First-Year LDPs.
“I learned that I really enjoy being around kids, more than I thought I did. I realized how intelligent and perceptive kids are.”
“My expectations were exceeded and I learned so much more about myself than I thought there was to learn.”
“Being in the LDP has given me the chance to grow and learn so many new skills. It has helped me see that working with kids is one of the best things I can do.”
“The program not only encourages you to step outside of yourself and be a leader but to also work with a number of people to enhance the camp experience.”
“My experiences in the Leadership Development Program were ones I will never forget. This program was extremely helpful and I received a lot of knowledge from it.”
“This program teaches you things that you would never know how to do. When I went to this program I thought it would be simple but everything counts, every workshop counts. It made me a better person as well.”
“This program is a wonderful way to gain experience with children while learning skills that help you for the rest of your life.”
What does the new LIT program look like?
Click on the grade the applicant is going into.
Entering 9th Grade
The Leadership Development Program is designed to split the time between learning how to become effective leaders and counselors, as well as spend time as a senior camper. Participants will learn skills for working in and with small groups of campers and some tricks of the trade, such as games, songs and activities, all of which will start their personal portfolio of skills. Participants will learn how to interview as well as develop a strong resume.
From the first year program, participants will have the skills to become a lifeguard, work at Bank Street Summer Camp, or a different camp, and translate their new skill set into other jobs or other positions of responsibility. At the end of the course they will receive a certificate of completion as well as an evaluation.
The general schedule is as follows:
Monday and Friday Mornings: LIT Group activities such as bowling, scavenger hunts and sports.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons: Observation, recording and discussing or small group activity with 3-5 campers under the supervision of a staff member.
Tuesday and Thursday Mornings: Training in either leadership skills or activities.
Wednesday Mornings: Swim time for the Leadership group.
Wednesday Afternoon: Small group dialogue about observations and activities. Sometimes there will be guided discussions regarding camp in general or leadership topics.
Friday Afternoons: Together or in small groups, the LD Program will run some of the camper activities, including art time, stories or puppet shows or carnivals.
Week 5 (July 29th-August 2nd): There will be a one night overnight to Club Getaway at no additional cost.
The group runs from June 30th - August 1st at a rate of $600.
Participants must attend all 5 weeks unless previously accepted with a separate arrangement.
Entering 10th Grade, * Having Already Attended Leadership Development Course
The Counselor in Training program will have 2 days of training, prior to the start of Session 2, fine tuning and applying skills learned in the previous year. They will then be placed in a group for the following 5 week program, during Session 2. During this time they will also attend weekly group meetings and training sessions. On some Fridays they will also participate in training along with the LD Program. Each CIT will be paid $90 per week. Those LIT’s who wish to become Life Guards may do so at a reduced cost of $200 and will be paid $100 per week. In order to participate in the second year program, they must obtain working papers from their school, as well as a copy of their Social Security Card.
Entering 11th Grade, * Having Already Attended Leadership Development Course
The Acting Junior Counselors (AJC’s) may be responsible for a small group of children without supervision. They will have weekly meetings with Evi Rivera-Williams as well as pre-camp training. Payment is $175 per week, or $190 if they become Life Guards. AJC’s are eligible to work Session 1. Anyone under the age of 16 must obtain working papers from their school.