Teens in rising 6th-10th grade gain leadership skills and summer camp counseling experience. 

Our Teen LIT (Leaders-in-Training) Camp is designed to teach and inspire students from rising 6th grade through rising 10th grade.

Teens learn leadership and job preparation skills, gain valuable camp counseling experience, and spend time with mentors who share the Y values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

Hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops provide the foundation of the program. The students spend their time learning about leadership in the morning, including practice in resume writing and interview skills. UVA professionals visit the program to share information about different career paths. Students practice their skills mentoring the campers in the afternoon. Students learn basic safety, group control, games, camp best practices and valuable employment skills.

Students will also enjoy swimming, weekly field trips, campfire s'mores, a counselor-vs.-camper sports tournament, and much more.

Space is limited. The student must attend every day, and can attend anywhere from 1 week to all 10 weeks of the summer.

Summer 2023 Leaders-in-Training Camp

  • WHO: Rising 6th grade - rising 10th grade
  • DATES: June 12 - August 18
  • HOURS: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Brooks Family YMCA
  • FEES:
    • REGISTRATION FEE: One-time fee of $50 per camper
    • WEEKLY RATE: $125 members / $150 non-members
    • WEEKLY DEPOSIT: A $25/week deposit is required to reserve a spot in camp. This deposit is non-refundable and will be applied toward the balance due.
  • ​​​​Financial assistance is available.

2023 Weekly Themes

Week 1

June 12

CAMP L.I.T. (YMCA Camp 101)

Week 2*

June 20

The Teenlot (Sports Clinic / Do You Want to Be a Coach?)

Week 3**

June 26

The Camp Games (Camp Games & Activities)

Week 4*

July 3

Lost in Teenslation (Communication / Conflict Resolution)

Week 5**

July 10

Pursuit of Awesomeness (Decision-making)

Week 6

July 17

13 going on 30 (Banking & Finance)

Week 7**

July 24

The Teen Network (Shadow a Professional)

Week 8

July 31

LIT University (College Planning)

Week 9

August 7

The Intern (Resume Building & Mock Interviews)

Week 10

August 14

Field of Dreams (Dreams Come True)


*Camp closures:

Weeks 2 + 4: YMCA camps are closed Monday June 19 and Tuesday July 4.

**Special Add-ons:

Week 3: Babysitter Certification
Weeks 5 + 6: Jr Lifeguard Training (must do both weeks)
Week 7: Babysitter Certification



Registration is a two-step process. Please register online in order to reserve a spot at Teen LIT Camp (step 1). Then have your teen complete the application below (step 2).


Space is limited and spots will be first-come, first-served.

NEW TO THE Y? Please see our Online Registration Instructions >





The application process is simple:

1) Candidates should be rising 6th grade - rising 10th grade.

2) Download the application here  >

3) Students must complete the application themselves. 

4) Return a print copy of the application to the front desk at the Brooks Family YMCA, or email a digital copy to youth@piedmontymca.org

5) Selected candidates will be notified by May 25.

Questions? Contact Ashley Wright at awright@piedmontymca.org or (434) 270-7537.