LIT Program | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA

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The LIT (Leader-In Training) program is designed to build leaders both at camp and within their community. LITs will participate in a large number of activities that are aimed at building their own unique leadership skills; team building, values sessions, positive role-modeling, and problem-solving. LITs may engage in student-driven service-learning projects, and develop the talents necessary to work with their peers and younger children. By the time their session concludes, they will have the leadership skills to become MetroWest YMCA community champions!


The LIT experience will incorporate the focus of the camp where the program takes place. LITs are integrated into the camp program and receive hands-on experience working with CITs and counselors. LITs are not directly assigned to groups with other campers like CITs but will instead assist specialists in leading a few activities. LITs will have an augmented camp day that includes fun camp activities for themselves as well as learning portions of the day where they might be interacting directly with groups of children, such as leading camp games and activities.


About the LIT Program: 

Who: We are looking for youth entering grades 7-8 who are interested in having fun, engaging in service-learning, and growing their talents for team-building and working with youth. Participants must have a desire to learn, grow and work together with others in a small teen community.

Where: MetroWest YMCA, Framingham Branch 280 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham OR MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center, 45 East Street, Hopkinton


Eligibility for LITs:

  • Entering grades 7 and 8
  • Complete and submit an LIT Program Application
  • Commit to a full two-week program:
    • ​Weeks 3 & 4 (July 11 - July 22)
    • Weeks 5 & 6 (July 25 - August 5)
    • Weeks 7 & 8 (August 8 - 19)
  • Have a desire to learn, grow and work together with others in a small teen community.

How to apply: Please fill out the application in the sidebar to the right. Please also register for the LIT program through the registration portion of our website.



Camp OCP - Emmett Prescott, or 508-435-9345 ext.120

FOC Hopkinton - Hannah Glensahw or 508-435-9345 ext.132



Please note, you will also need to register for camp through our registration system if you are applying for an LIT role at Hopkinton.



LIT-Training Week Topics

Intro to the YMCA
Goals and Mission Statements
Policies & Procedures
COVID Policies
Camp and Building Tour
Child Development and Age Characteristics
Diversity and Inclusion
Behaviors and Guidance
Choose to Be Nice
Group Games and Team Building
Your Own Biggest Critic Activity
Personal Identity Wheel and Social Identity Wheel
Service-learning steps

Defining service learning

  • Discovery of needs/problems
  • Investigation/research of problems
  • Researching solutions
  • Deciding on project
  • Planning project
  • Implement plan
  • Evaluation of impact