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Leader in Training:

Teen Leadership Program

Leadership Training

Join our Leader in Training (LIT) program! Apprentice in outdoor leadership skills with Trackers Earth. Begin with a week or more of leadership experience at our overnight camp. Work with expert outdoor educators to develop your own connection to nature and community through wilderness skills.

Your registration fee is all-inclusive, covering both the Training Week and Field Weeks.

Incredible Skills

Your training immerses you in the outdoor and leadership skills of Trackers Earth. The Leader in Training program gives you opportunity to explore one or more of our Four Guilds:

Rangers Guild Stealth, archery and wilderness survival
Wilders Guild Wild plants, farm craft and restoration gardening
Mariners Guild  Fishing, water and mariners skills
Artisans Guild Storytelling and leadership

Personal & Professional Development

We explore how a focus on a sustainable and healthy livelihood benefits from a connection to nature. At the end of the week, your instructor provides you with a written evaluation of your time, honoring your experience and helping you find places to grow.

Our Leader in Training program mentors students through personal and professional development. This practical aspect of the program addresses what potential schools and employers seek out while cultivating communication and interview skills for LITs.

Summer Camps 2017 Bay Area

Grade 8-12 Leaders in Training (LIT) You begin with one week of overnight leadership training. During this week you meet new friends, learn outdoor skills and explore a leadership role within Trackers Earth and your community. You finish the program with two Field Weeks guiding younger campers in our day camp programs. These day camp field weeks may be completed in our Berkeley or Walnut Creek camps. 

Optional Field Training

After the Leader in Training program of your choice, you can join us for optional weeks of Field Training in our day camps. During this time you put your leadership skills into practice. Top educators mentor you in guiding younger campers in the outdoors. Important points:

  • Multiple Weeks You can spread the optional Field Training throughout the summer. We recommend 1 - 3 weeks, though more is possible after a conversation with us.
  • Schedule Soon Field training is on a first come, first serve basis. We schedule your potential weeks after you register depending on room and availability.
  • Field Evaluations Like the Leader in Training camp, every week of field training includes an evaluation written and delivered by the Lead Educator mentoring you.
  • Please Note Field Training commitments are optional and not required, nor essential, to join a Leader in Training overnight week.

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Drop-off/Pick-up Time

Training Weeks: We leave on our Trackers buses at 7:30 AM from our Berkeley location on Monday morning and return the following Friday by 3 PM.


Orientation Week Locations Our LIT training week locations are TBD, location coming soon. 

Day Camp Field Week Locations

Berkeley 3049 Adeline St. The Guild Hall is conveniently located across the street from the Ashby BART station.

Walnut Creek Location TBD for 2017, coming soon.

LIT-Specific Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ addresses LIT specific questions. You can also always call our office directly at 510-575-9444 or use our Contact Form.

When and where do LITs complete Field Weeks?

Field weeks spent assisting in our programs are optional, but a highly encouraged part of leadership trainings. Student leaders may attend any week of day camp after their training week, and generally LITs complete 2 field weeks. 

Why are Overnight field weeks not an option this year?

We are not conducting any site based overnight programs in the Bay Area in 2017, and our mobile overnight programs are restricted in size by wilderness permits. We hope to revive our Bay Area site-based overnight camps in future years.

Will you be running a Junior LIT program this year for grades 6-8?

We are putting the jLIT program on hold for summer 2017. We hope to return to jLIT in 2018.

How do we choose day camp locations and themes for Field Weeks for LITs grade 9-12?

For day camp LITs, theme and location (Walnut Creek vs. Berkeley) selection will happen during Training Week.

May LITs attend more than 2 day camp Field Weeks?

LITs are welcome to join us for additional weeks of Day Camp.

Can an LIT from a previous summer attend just the Field Weeks and not the training week?

We ask that all LITs attend training each year to refresh their knowledge and expand their skills.

Can being an LIT lead to employment at Trackers?

Although we do not guarantee future employment, we enthusiastically accept applications from alumni LITs age 16+ for summer jobs as Guild Interns in our day camps. Please see our employment page for more information.

How are students evaluated?

At the end of each week a Program Mentor provides an evaluation. We cover how the student was able to teach basic to complex outdoor educational skills, plus their leadership accomplishments for the all important social structure of the camp.