We have partnered with the Pop Culture Hero Coalition to bring us an innovative curriculum that will enhance the LIT program. LITs will embark on a two-week adventure of fun activities, but also challenges to develop their leadership skills and self-awareness. They’ll reflect on their own strengths and challenges, learn about team building and managing groups, bullying prevention, techniques to improve communication and resolve conflicts, mindfulness, and restorative practices. LITs will find the program not only informative and rewarding but a whole lot of fun, too.

Two-week LIT program: May 26-June 5 (9 days of training)

No program May 25

Entering 8th-10th Grade

LIT Training Location: New Vista High School

Following the two-week LIT program, LITs will select three additional summer camp weeks supporting local YMCA camps and campers, utilizing their newfound leadership skills and knowledge at local sites. During this 3-week period, the YMCA will offer two evening workshops that will focus on cultural learning and teambuilding.

The fun is not over: The LIT program will culminate with a unique opportunity to participate in a service-learning trip at the Sioux YMCA located in South Dakota (Dupree, SD). While there campers will work with day camp leaders to provide fun and educational programs for local youth while having a life-changing experience on the reservation and working together to complete a service-learning community project. For more information on the Sioux YMCA, visit siouxymca.org.

Transportation to and from the Sioux Y, all meals at the Sioux Y, trainings, workshops and chaperones are included in the LIT fee. Participants may choose their three volunteer weeks Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, between June 8-July 17. 

Sioux Y service learning trip: Sunday, July 19-Saturday, July 25

  • Member: $775
  • Non-member: $825

Includes six weeks including two weeks of LIT training and the Sioux YMCA trip as well as three additional service weeks.

Do not register until you have been accepted into the program.


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Application Process

  • Submit application by Friday, April 3.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by the end of April.

If Accepted

  • Must attend all days of the training program.
  • Commit to at least three weeks of service at one of our Y camps for three to five days per week.
  • Attend service learning trip to the Sioux Y.
  • Attend evening workshops.

All Leaders in Training applicants must provide two references. Please direct your references to this form.
Reference Form

Please answer the following three questions. Limit each response to 250 words or less.

By submitting my application, I verify that I have read, understand and will comply with the LIT program requirements. I understand that I must attend all program dates and times. I also verify that the written information above was provided by me alone and is accurate and honest.


New Vista High School

700 20th St, Boulder

Questions about this camp? Contact our camp staff.

303-443-4474 ext. 4295
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Questions about registration? Contact the Business Office.

303-664-5455 ext. 1295
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