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Leadership Academy

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Leadership Academy Details

Designed for rising 11th and 12th graders, the Leadership Academy’s service hour opportunities and exciting programming empowers campers with the skills they need to become Counselors-in-Training (CITs). The first week is comprised of leadership development and training. Participants serve the final two weeks volunteering as CITs. Additionally, those who have completed the Leadership Academy experience but aren’t yet graduating high school can apply to be a staff member at Camp as a Crew Member the summer following their CIT year.

Rising Grades
11, 12
21 Days
Jun 11-30
July 9-28

The Great Takeaways

Acquired Skills

Leadership Academy helps teens develop confidence and critical leadership skills that are beneficial as they enter adulthood, whether they are preparing for college, becoming a Camp Kanuga counselor or developing lifelong skills for any environment in which they choose to serve.

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What You’ll Learn

  • Peer Leadership
  • Adventure
  • Service
  • Communication & Group Managment
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Leadership Academy teens and campers at Camp Kanuga Day
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Leadership Academy campers lined up for a group photo

Week 1: Leadership Development

During week one, CITs are trained just like Camp Kanuga counselors and support staff in communication and presentation skills, care of campers, program design/facilitation and risk management. Individuals complete a strengths analysis and personality profile, learning about themselves and gaining an understanding of others. As they are exposed to different styles and methods, CITs discover leadership is not only compatible with, but integral to, Christian life.


CITs are in for special adventure outings and relationship building in between training and counseling at camp.

Weeks 2 & 3: On-the-Job Training

During weeks two and three, participants transition from training to CIT. Applying the skills and techniques acquired during training, CITs gain real world experience facilitating high-quality programming for elementary-aged campers. Participants assist cabin counselors with leading campers through day-to-day camp life. Each night the team debriefs to discuss their experiences to integrate training, practices, and leadership skills into their daily lives.