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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 the 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 14-15

Campers must be 14-15 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 together with your advisor/counselor

 

Activities include:

  • Participation in four activity hours/day
  • Participation in 5th hour and Evening Elective activities
  • Participation in weekly Wednesday cabin cookouts
  • Eligibility to register with Northpoint Adventures for Isle Royale Backpacking
  • Eligibility to participate in the Peshtigo River Whitewater Rafting Trip (optional trip)
  • Participation in the 4th of July morning wake-up tradition

 

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Assisting staff at Dining Hall tables
  • Assisting a CIT with cabin sitting
  • Acting as a 4th of July team captain
  • Assisting as a Team Leader for other special activities
  • Leading songs in the Dining Hall
  • Demonstrating yourself as a positive role model for peers and younger campers
  • Participating in Leadership Training sessions as offered

 

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 15-16+

The CIT program is a progressive, two-year program in which campers age 15-16+ work to complete assigned activities at the CIT I level (completed 10th grade) before advancing to the CIT II level (completed 11th grade).

 

As part of the CIT program you will:

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

 

Activities:

  • Participate in three activity hours each day (CIT I) or two activity hours each day (CIT II)
  • Eligibility to register with Northpoint Adventures  for Voyageurs Wilderness Canoe Trip and/or the Rocky Mountain Backpacking Trip
  • Participation in the Manitowish Leadership Day program

 

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Taking charge at Dining Hall tables if necessary
  • Participating in weekly cabin assignment rotations to assist staff and learn the dynamics of working with each age group
  • Assisting daily with one activity area of your choice (CIT I) or two activity areas of your choice (CIT II)
  • Assisting with 5th hour and Evening Elective activities as scheduled
  • Working with the staff Weekend Committee to organize and execute the annual 4th of July all-camp activity
  • Organizing and emceeing the camper talent shows
  • Leading songs in the Dining Hall
  • Assisting with dishwashing and office duties as requested/scheduled
  • Participating in camp visits to learn about other camps and their programs
  • Acting as tour guides for visiting groups of CITs
  • Participating in Leadership Training sessions as offered
  • Demonstrating positive role modeling for peers and younger campers

 

Perks:

  • Staff room and internet privileges after the evening activity until 11:00 p.m.
  • One chaperoned evening out of camp each week (5:00 – 11:30 p.m.)
  • Permission to stay out of camp overnight with parents when visiting

 

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!



 

“My wonderful parents have given me many gifts in my life, but I am most thankful for the gift of camp which I now share with my daughter. Nicolet taught me the meaning of trying new things, hard work, and gave me my most treasured lifelong friendships.” – Camp Nicolet Parent/Alumna

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