Providing opportunities for youth ages 14-16 to develop leadership skills while assisting programming staff with the delivery of our summer camp programs! The Leaders in Training program consists of two parts: a one-day training & orientation day and a one-week participation in one of our summer camps (4 weeks to choose from).
Part one: Take the Lead Training and Orientation Day
“Leaders in Training” (LIT’s) will participate in this one day orientation program (Wednesday July 10th from 9am-4pm) which integrates the Abbey Gardens Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) program (A.P.P.L.E.) to help develop leadership skills in a unique way. LIT’s will be introduced to the Abbey Gardens’ ponies and their role as rare breed ambassadors then take part in a 3-hour EAL session which will focus on identifying and developing leadership styles and skills. Our ponies will help demonstrate the effectiveness of trust and respect, teach participants appropriate assertiveness while helping hone verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Reflection and goal setting exercises combined with familiarization of Abbey Gardens and summer camps offered on-site will complete the day.
Part 2: Summer Camp participation
LIT’s have the opportunity to choose between 4 different summer camp weeks offered throughout July and August. Their role will be to work directly with the Camp Leader everyday during camp week to gain hands-on leadership experience
A great way to develop your leadership skills while also completing the requirements for your 40 hours of community service in high school. Participants must submit an application to be considered for this position. Click here for the full description and application details.