Summer Leadership Program
One two-week session
June 15–26 CANCELED
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Boys and girls, rising 7th through rising 8th graders
What to bring: Lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, snacks
Arrival/dismissal zone: Red
The Summer Leadership Program (SLP) is perfect for campers who have “graduated” from our Day Camp programs and are interested in preparing for counselor in training (CIT), counselor and other leadership positions. The goal of the SLP is to teach campers the skills necessary to work with children, interact professionally with colleagues, and take on leadership roles both in school and at camp. Campers will:
- Work closely with younger campers by shadowing Day Camp counselors in order to develop relationships and learn age-appropriate interactions.
- Participate in teambuilding activities to develop self-awareness, strengthen the group bond, and enhance the Landon Summer community.
- Undergo leadership training including public speaking, decision making/problem solving, personal and professional goal setting and job training skills. They will also take on leadership roles within camp operations to test their newfound skills.
- Take part in camp internships to learn about the essential departments on campus and speak with other successful leaders in the community.
- Build their counselor “toolbox” in preparation to work with children. They will discuss child development, design activities, and role-play scenarios that will teach them what it means to be an outstanding counselor.
- Participate in a group-designed service project benefiting a local charity
Over the course of two weeks, our campers will participate in activities that include teambuilding, health and safety seminars, internships with the Day Camps, and a field trip. Campers receive training similar to that offered to Landon Summer counselors, as well as hear from daily speakers, who talk about leadership skills and how they can be applied to their school year activities. Campers get one-on-one feedback from the teacher to discuss their experiences, share insights, and ask for advice. Self-evaluations and teacher evaluations will help campers understand their strengths and weaknesses and develop tools to further grow as leaders. The SLP will enhance each camper’s leadership skills to make them standouts when applying for the limited CIT positions at Landon Summer, as well as outside internships, service projects and jobs.
Teacher bio: Kristen McKnight is a Lower School teacher and Varsity Coach at Landon School. She has been involved in multiple leadership initiatives and programs since high school, where she was involved in student government and was a captain for her high school swim team. In college, she was accepted into the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State, a program set up for students who display leadership qualities to explore the gray areas that exist in our world and how to become a better decision maker. She was also a member of the Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute as a Big Ten All-Academic Scholar Athlete. In graduate school at Vanderbilt University, Kristen was elected as a first year representative for Student Government for the Peabody College of Education. McKnight holds a strong interest in helping to develop tomorrows’ leaders into the best role models and decision makers possible.