- Activities and Facilities
- Preparing for Camp
Campers completing the 10th grade can apply to the Leader-in-Training (LIT) program. This highly competitive program is the last step of the camper years and is designed to help young leaders transition from camper to staff. By providing a challenging and competitive leadership program for our oldest campers, we ensure well trained staff for the future. The vast majority of the cabin staff at Chimney Corners Camp participated as both campers and LIT's before becoming staff. Aides and REACH are the the two programs for which teens are selected to participate in. Only those applicants who can complete the entire program should apply.
Over the course of eight and-a-half weeks, Aides learn about the operation of a resident camp through involvement in various support services. They assist in leading camp activities working with cabin groups, in program areas and planning unit and all camp events. This program also includes a 3 day off-site hiking and camping trip and participants may also have the opportunity to take part in off-site service trips in the Berkshires. An important aspect of the program is learning to live and work together as a group. Aides receive lifeguard training and are expected to pursue a position as a staff member in future summers.
Reaching, Educating, And Caring for Humanity
REACH offers an exciting opportunity for teen leaders. This program is a six and a half week commitment where participants will spend 3-4 weeks in South Dakota and their remaining time in camp. While in South Dakota, participants will be working with the Sioux YMCA. The group will take on a variety of roles developing programs for Lakota Sioux children in day camp and resident camp settings. They will also take part in physical service projects to help improve the YMCA facilities and communities that they are serving. If time allows participants may also do some site seeing at different National Parks such as The Badlands. REACH heightens participants’ awareness of Native American culture, while emphasizing the importance of service. During their time in camp, participants will be trained to be lifeguards and will work with campers in cabin groups and in program areas. They will also help in support roles and plan all camp events. Participants are expected to pursue a position as a staff member in subsequent summers.