Eagle River, Wisconsin

Leadership Program

From Camper to Staff

The Camp Nicolet Leadership Program is a multi-year progressive program established to help older campers learn leadership skills and gain hands-on experience helping with the day-to-day operation of camp.

While still participating in activities you love, you’ll have a chance to assist in instructional activities of your choice, plan special activities on various committees, and assist in younger camper cabins. In addition, you will participate in leadership skill development lessons three times per week, designed to help you make a transformation from camper to staff member. Experience gained throughout the program helps prepare you for future summers as a Nicolet counselor and activity instructor.

 

Camper Leadership Positions

Advanced Camper (AC) – Age 15

Campers must be 15 years-old and have completed 9th grade.

 

As part of the AC program you will:

  • Enroll in the session of your choice and complete all necessary forms
  • Live in a cabin with your advisor

 

Activities include:

  • Participation in five activity hours/day
  • Eligibility to register with Northpoint Adventures for Isle Royale Backpacking
  • Eligibility to participate in the Peshtigo River Whitewater Rafting Trip (optional for Nicolet Session I AC’s – no registration is necessary; the cost is billed to your camp store account)
  • Participation in the 4th of July morning wake-up tradition

 

Training includes:

  • Assisting staff at dining hall tables
  • A CIT mentor to shadow throughout the summer
  • Assisting a CIT with cabinsitting
  • Participation in feedback sessions weekly

 

Leadership:

  • Demonstrate yourself as a positive role model
  • Assist with Sunday night BBQ’s
  • Act as a team leader for special activity days

 

By being a part of the advanced camper program, you are learning and doing what it takes to be
the best person you can be. Come grow with us!

 

Counselor in Training (CIT I & II) – Age 16+

The CIT program is a progressive, two-year program in which campers (age 16+ and having completed 10th grade) work to complete assigned activities at the CIT I level before advancing to the CIT II level.

 

As part of the CIT program you will:

  • Enroll in a minimum of four weeks of your choice each year and complete all necessary forms
  • Live in a cabin with your advisor
  • Receive time off on Wednesdays from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. During this time you will have access to your phone and computer and are able to leave camp property
  • Have access to staff room privileges until 11 p.m., where you will also have access to your phone and computer

 

Activities:

  • Participate in activities each day–the number of hours is dependent on which level of the program you are currently completing
  • Eligibility to register with Northpoint for Voyageurs Wilderness Canoe or Rocky Mountain Backpacking.
  • Participation in the Manitowish Leadership Day program (no registration necessary)

Training:

  • Receive a mentor to shadow throughout the summer
  • Receive Instructor Training each week
  • Participate in feedback and evaluation sessions weekly
  • Cabin-sit with an AC during staff meetings or staff events
  • Participate in camp visits to learn about other camps and their programs
  • Participate in weekly cabin assignment rotations to assist staff and learn the dynamics of working with each age group

 

Leadership:

  • Demonstrate yourself as a positive role model
  • Assist and train with staff each day in the area of your choice; number of hours is dependent on which level of the program you are currently completing
  • Mentor an Advanced Camper throughout the summer
  • Organize and emcee the camper talent shows
  • Fill in for staff at dining hall tables if no staff are available to assist with table waitressing
  • Act as tour guides for visiting groups of CITs

 

Those completing the Leadership Program are then eligible to apply to become full staff at age 19, or after having completed one year of college/university.

 

Leaders of all ages demonstrate, assist, mentor, organize, and act!



“The fact that you are able to slow these girls down, detach them from their electronics, and show them all that Nicolet has to offer is amazing to me and very lucky for them. You have not only kept the very special legacy of Nicolet going, but you have added to and changed camp in such a way that you have kept it relevant to this next generation. Thank you for that.” – Camp Nicolet Parent/Alumna

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