The “Leader in Training” (LIT) Program at Forest Lake Camp follows a campers last official camper year and is a leadership program specifically designed to not only prepare a camper for being a summer camp counselor, but also a leader in society.


The LIT program is a ‘life’ program that helps prepare kids for adulthood, college, and additional responsibility. It is bigger than a traditional CIT program.

An LIT is first and foremost, a great role model. They are someone who embodies the best characteristics of Forest Lake Camp: confident in trying new things, responsible, respectful, fun, and has grown into a leadership role which shows they can be flexible, make positive improvements with little direction, and is willing to take on challenges.

Some of the things an LIT can expect during their summer:

  • Assist counselors and learn from them in both the cabins and activities
  • Experience the value of reflection through conversation in small groups with a focus on one’s personal journey and the tools needed to move forward in life
  • Be involved in meetings (planning, informational and training)
  • Practice stewardship, both in the FLC community as well as outside of FLC
  • Become a more effective teacher and coach through working with campers and great staff
  • Receive American Red Cross lifeguard/CPR certification
  • Complete an “LIT Project” that will leave a lasting impact on FLC
  • Evaluations and feedback on their performance


The 7 week program will consist of 5 full weeks of structured curriculum with each week consisting of a theme, such as Wilderness, Waterfront skills (including Lifeguard/CPR training), child development and care, and the essentials of planning and leading activities. They will also serve an integral role in planning camp wide activities as well as an LIT service project that will add to Forest Lake Camp and ensure that they leave a lasting legacy at the camp they love so much.

LITs will still have the benefit of a traditional summer camp experience in addition to working closely with FLC’s staff and campers to create a unique and memorable summer for all. Our program aims to balance the transition from being a camper to being a leader at FLC and is designed to help them make that transition as the summer progresses.

If you are 16 years old and going into 11th grade you are eligible to apply to our LIT program. Spots are limited so please make sure you are ready for the added responsibility of being an LIT and are eager to learn and grow at camp.

In order to apply, you must complete the LIT application as well as fill out our online LIT enrollment form.

2024 LIT Application

LIT Scholarship Application

Thanks to a generous donation we are pleased to be able to offer one LIT a full tuition scholarship to participate in the Leadership Training program at Forest Lake Camp. Applicants must be 16 (or turning 16) and going into 11th grade. The Scholarship application must be submitted in tandem with the LIT application, scholarship applications received without the LIT application will not be considered.

LIT Scholarship Application


In making a decision about your candidacy, we will weigh the effort shown through your application as well as through our follow up interview with each candidate.

For any questions about the program or the application process, email Elyse at [email protected]. Upon receiving your LIT application and online enrollment, we will review your submission and make a decision in a timely manner.

FLC’s LIT program is a 7-week program. All 7-week LIT’s will receive a 20% discount to the total tuition with additional early enrollment discounts.

Timeline for 2024 LIT Application:

Application is due by November 30, 2023

For those applications received, interviews will be scheduled and conducted by December 20, 2023

All 2024 LIT acceptances will be announced by January 15, 2024.

All LIT applicants must also enroll and fill out the online camper application by December 31st to be accepted into the 2024 LIT program. If you have already enrolled and are not accepted, refunds will be given.

All 7-week accepted LITs will receive a 20% tuition discount.

Tuition payment is refundable through January 15, 2024 once applicants are notified of acceptance.

The small print:

We have reserved these slots for campers who truly show leadership potential and have a desire to excel in the camp setting. This is demonstrated through previous summer experience and performance (if applicable), the application, and a formal interview. All communications and forms should be the work of the applicant. Submission of an application does not indicate an acceptance into the LIT program. Acceptance into the LIT program does not guarantee employment for future summers.