Learn to lead with confidence. This skill-based training program, which includes five weeks of leadership training and service opportunities, prepares teens to work with children and develops their confidence in their ability to lead. 

During the first week of the program, campers will learn and engage in leadership-style activities on building an effective team, child development, communication, activity planning, safety and relationship building. During the second week, campers have 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

From there, LIT campers will select three additional summer weeks supporting local YMCA camps and campers, utilizing their newfound leadership skills and knowledge at local sites. 

Transportation to and from the Sioux Y. All meals, trainings and chaperones are included in the LIT fee. Participants may choose their three volunteer weeks throughout the summer, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. Volunteer locations TBD.


Register after you have been accepted into the program.


Rising 8th-10th Graders

Training Location

Manhattan Middle School, Boulder


  • Session 1: May 28-31 (no program May 27)
  • Session 2: June 2-8 (Sioux Y visit)
  • Three more service weeks of your choice

Fee is for five weeks including two weeks of LIT training and the Sioux YMCA trip as well as three additional service weeks. 

  • Member: $750
  • Non-member: $800

Application Process

  • Fill out the online application below by Friday, April 12.
  • Have two references fill out the reference form by Friday, April 12.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by the end of April.

If Accepted

  • Complete all registration forms and pay fees within five days of acceptance.
  • 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.

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.