Leadership Development Program
2017 Dates and Rates for Early Bird Registration are listed below – Good Oct 15-Nov 15. Register early for best prices.
Love Camp? Want to take the next step in becoming a Sherman lake YMCA counselor – this is the road. The following programs require an application with references and phone interview. Call (269) 731-3030 for an application, or download an application to the right.
Do you love to meet new people and learn about different cultures. Once again we will be partnering with the YMCA of Colombia and for LDP Session 1 we will have high school students from all over the country of Colombia joining us for a truly international flair to our two week adventure.
Strength rejoices in the challenge! During this two week intensive leadership development camp, inspired teens will expand their personal leadership skills and strengthen their individual character. Take on a wide range of obstacles on your way to becoming the respected leader you were made to be! High adventure experiences will push the limits of you and your fellow leaders.
Grades: 9th – 11th
- Session 1: June 18 – 30, 2017 – Fee: $1,150 until Mar 15; after $1,170
- Session 2: July 23 – August 4, 2017 – Fee: $1,150 until Mar 15; after $1,170
- Off-site caving/camping trip to Southern Indiana – stretch your personal limits
- Overnight trip to Northern Michigan to experience all that Michigan has to offer
- A variety of local volunteer projects
- Freedom in creating customized agenda
- Thrilling high ropes activities
This program requires an application, phone interview and receipt of two references. You may register on-line, but formal acceptance is required. If you are not accepted to the program, your deposit will be refunded. Due to high interest in this program, limited space and leadership requirements, there is an application process.
Teen leaders help create their own strength based environment in which they will live cooperatively, learn about the leader within themselves and gain an awareness of how they can positively impact the world around them. This experience is for those who are ready to experience the challenge of living and learning with a small group for two weeks. The coed group of about 22 campers will be located in the Leadership Village.Young men and women sleep in separate yurt tents chaperoned by live-in counselors. Applicants should be willing to take personal initiative and be dedicated to continuously honing their leadership skills. With a commitment to creating a positive and caring atmosphere, these campers will share an unforgettable experience with their peers.
The Leadership Development Team is comprised of staff who have exhibited the leadership skills this program strives to teach. They are over 21 years of age, are proven role models, and are passionate about working with teens. Melk Kowalkowski is the High School Leadership Director. She has worked in the LDP/CIT program in the past and is an excellent youth development worker. All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR, and screened through the highest standards of child safety practices, including background checks. In addition, Program Leaders are Wilderness First Aid and Lifeguard certified, and experienced at leading off-site trips.
Counselors in Training / Wranglers in Training / Lifeguards in Training Program
Complete your Sherman Lake camper legacy in this intensive, fast-paced, hands-on training with professional counselors. You’ll spend a full week shadowing Sherman Lake’s best counselors as they create positive, life-changing memories for our campers.
Grades: 11th – 12th
- Session: July 9-21, 2017; Fee: $1,250 until March 15; after $1,270
This program is designed for highly successful graduates of the LDP program. Counselors in Training, Wranglers in Training and Lifeguards in Training will deepen their individual leadership abilities, learn the skills necessary to be a positive role model, and gain an awareness of how they can positively impact the children and peers with which they work. An adventure trip to West Virginia including white water rafting while emphasizing leadership and decision-making skills is an integral part of this experience. A service learning project, other experiential/adventure learning opportunities and counselor shadowing complete this intensive program.
Wranglers-in-Training must have have the desire to work with children and horses, have completed the Wranglers resident camp program (or have had a minimum of 10 consecutive riding lessons), in addition to completing the Leadership Development program. WIT’s will participate in all leadership training with the CIT’s and, in addition, train with the Barn Manager and mentor with Sherman Lake YMCA wranglers to be comfortable around children and horses.
This program requires an application, phone interview and receipt of references. You may register on-line, but formal acceptance is required. If you are not accepted to the program, your deposit will be refunded. Due to high interest in this program, limited space and leadership capacities necessary, an application process is in place.
Please note that participation in this program is separate from the staff hiring process at the Sherman Lake YMCA Camp. Successful completion of the CIT/WIT program does not guarantee a position as a Junior Counselor or Junior Wrangler.