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 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 10 - July 21)
    • Weeks 5 & 6 (July 24 - August 4)
    • Weeks 7 & 8 (August 7 - 18)
  • 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 AND Register for the LIT program through the registration portion of our website (linked on the sidebar)

  • The Leaders in Training (LIT) program welcomes youth entering Grades 7 & 8 who are interested in developing leadership skills. The program emphasizes volunteerism and service-learning. Leaders in Training (LITs) learn how to contribute to their camp community and gain skills to become active leaders. LITs participate in team building activities and develop the talents necessary to work with their peers, community, and younger children. Please note that the LIT program is a camp leadership program for children who are interested in youth development.  In addition, youth can only participate in one two-week session and must complete the online application.


Framingham Camps - Emmett Prescott, or 508-435-9345 ext.120

Hopkinton Camps - Camp Director, Steve Lockney, 508-435-9345 ext.132


Actual Camp LITs

LIT Training Week Topics

  • Intro to the YMCA
  • Goals and Mission Statements
  • Expectations
  • Policies & Procedures
  • COVID Policies
  • HEPA
  • 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