Leader-in-Training (LIT) Program

Through our volunteer Leader-in-Training (LIT) program at Cincinnati Nature Center, our goal is to help our teens (ages 13-17) develop leadership skills for life.

Our LITs are a vital part of our camp team. “Camp is for the campers,” and LITs play an integral role in providing the best possible experience in nature for the youth who attend our camps. From helping our counselors on nature hikes, to leading games, to being positive role models for campers, our LITs fill an important niche at camp.

Who can apply?

Teenagers with a passion for nature who are interested in helping to inspire that passion in our campers. Ages 13-17 may apply. (Ages 18+ may apply to become camp staff.)

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LIT Interviews

All teens interested in applying to become a new LIT at CincyNature Camps must first interview with the Camp Director, Bekah Cohen. Other camp/Cincinnati Nature Center staff may also help conduct these interviews. While our questions will be directed at the LIT interviewees, we ask that one of the teen’s parents or guardians also attend the interview in order to hear all of our expectations for our LITs. Expect interviews to last approximately 1 hour and will be held both indoors and outdoors. Interviews are conducted in group format. You will be prompted to choose an LIT interview date during the application process.

Interviews for the 2021 summer camp season are now closed. Interview dates for the 2022 summer camp season will be posted in January of 2022.

To learn more about the Leader-in-Training program, CLICK HERE!

For LITs who have been accepted into the program: 

If you are a returning LIT (including those who interviewed for summer 2020), we will host a virtual Q&A session on Wednesday, March 10, at 7 pm. This 40-minute video call with Camp Director Bekah Cohen will cover what LITs can expect when volunteering with this summer's CincyNature camps. We will also review the COVID protocols in place to keep our camp staff, volunteers, and campers safe and healthy. Parents and guardians of LITs are also welcome to attend this virtual session.

Please contact volunteer@cincynature.org for more information on volunteering with our Leader-in-Training program.

Some Benefits of the LIT Program:

  • Volunteering to help inspire passion for nature in our campers is not only fun, but it also helps teens acquire service hours for school or other programs.

  • Attend training and gain hands-on experience at camp that will help you develop leadership skills for life. We focus on (but are not limited to) skills such as teamwork, initiative, communication and being a positive role model.

  • Meet and get to know other teens that are also passionate about nature and are excited to share their love of the outdoors with children.

  • Be an important part of our inclusive camp family. We greatly value our LITs and see them as part of the team!

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