Leader in Training: Teen Leadership Program Bay Area, CA

Become a Leader In Training

The Trackers Leader in Training program is 1 week of leadership and traditional skills training followed by 3 weeks of camp leadership experience as a Leader in Training with younger campers.

Leadership Training

The Trackers Leader in Training program is your opportunity to train with some of the best educators in the outdoor field while developing key leadership skills. This may be presented as a wilderness survival scenario, designing a garden plot, or training with your team to ensure that campers feel comfortable, safe, and happy.

Our 1 week of overnight expedition leadership training is followed by a 3 week commitment to apply what you learn at our summer camps. These are called your Field Training Weeks.

Prospective LITs entering grades 10, 11, or 12 in Fall 2015 may complete their field training in our day or overnight programs.

Prospective LITs entering grade 9 in Fall 2015 may complete their field training in our Berkeley or Marin day programs only.

Overnight camps take place at our wilderness site in the Santa Cruz Mountains, while our day camps start each day at our urban headquarters before headingout into Bay Area green spaces for their adventures. The LIT Training Week is an overnight week for all LITs, regardless of whether they later complete their field weeks in our overnight or day camp programs.

Choose Your Guild

When you register for the Leader in Training Program you choose your Field Training weeks from our many camp themes across all four of our Guilds. LITs may choose to train intensively in one Guild or across the Guilds. As summer approaches you will be sent information about choosing your 3 training week dates and themes. Skills of each Guild include...

Rangers Guild Wilderness Survival, Wildlife Tracking and the Curriculum of Shadows: Invisibility & Stealth
Wilders Guild Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants, Homesteading Crafts and the Wilders Garden
Mariners Guild Navigation, Water & Ocean Harvest and the Compass Rose: Marine Ecology and Sea Lore
Artisans Guild Storytelling, Fine Crafts and The Remembering: Place-Based Learning


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Drop-off/Pick-up Time

Training Week: June 21 - 26 (Sunday - Friday). We leave on our our Trackers Buses at 10 AM from our Berkeley location on Sunday morning and return the following Friday.


Orientation Week Our LIT training week will be a rustic camping retreat designed to build community and leadership skills in our LIT recruits. Location will be announced in January 2015.

Overnight Camps Our new Camp Trackers 2015 location is on a stunning 300-acre redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains site featuring redwood groves, incense cedar-covered slopes, and creeks and springs. Campers sleep in canvas wall tents or, for survival-focused programs, even primitive shelters. Camp Trackers is strictly limited to LITs entering grades 10, 11, or 12 in Fall 2015. At our discretion we may make exceptions only for returning campers - contact us for details. Younger LITs apprentice in our day programs exclusively.

Day Camp Weeks: Berkeley 3049 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA The Guild Hall is located at the historic former Marmot Mountain Works and is conveniently located across the street from the Ashby BART station.

Day Camp Weeks: Marin Piper Park, Larkspur Conveniently located just off of Highyway 101 in Larkspur.


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Grade 9-12 Orientation Week: Boys Tent June 21-26, 2015 + 3 field training weeks Tuition $775

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Grade 9-12 Orientation Week: Girls Tent June 21-26, 2015 + 3 field training weeks Tuition $775

Tuition & Payment Plans

Tuition includes 1 week of overnight training in leadership and traditional skills, plus a 3 week commitment as a Leader in Training in Trackers Summer Camps.

Summer Day or Overnight Camp Counselor in Training No additional charge See below

Scholarships We have scholarship awards available of up to 10%-80% of tuition. Due to limited funds of awards we recommend you apply early to increase your chances of acceptance. Submit a scholarship application

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After the 1 week of overnight Leadership Training, you share your skills for 3 weeks during the summer either as a Student Leader at our Summer Day Camps or the Camp Trackers overnight program.

Feedback to Grow By

At the end of each week the Program Mentor gives the Student Leader a written evaluation of their performance. 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. Our staff makes signed copies of each evaluation available for use in portfolios for college admissions and other learning and professional goals.

Leadership Options

There is no other outdoor program like our camps. It is one of the highest levels of experience you can get in education and the outdoor field. From Zombie First Responder camps to Camp Trackers, being a Leader in Training at a Trackers Earth camp is like falling down the rabbit hole or stepping through the looking glass. Choose to be a Leader in Training for either our day, overnight or a combination of to two...

Day Camps Trackers Summer Day Camps are epic adventures. They raise the bar for how a day camp runs. Our themes are always intelligent and engaging, weaving savvy social commentary, nature and great theater into fun and engaging experiences. If you ever assisted at any other day camp, be prepared for something completely different at Trackers. Our Summer Day Camps offer direct mentorship from a Program Mentor (Lead Instructor). Together you are a team. Program Mentors guide you through their curriculum planning process while also setting you up to lead key activities.

Overnight Camps Because of the intensive nature of our overnight camps, this coveted learning opportunity is by invitation and appointment only. If you are returning LIT, than let us know about your interest in our overnight camps. If you are new to our program, please Contact Us if you feel you are good fit to learn as a Leader in Training in our overnight program.

Application and Standards

This program strives to be as fully inclusive as possible and we must insure that participants can meet the physical and emotional rigors of the course. Also, since the Leader in Training Program entails teens interacting with younger campers we insist on a requisite background assessments that meet our high safety standards.

If any Leader in Training Program registrant does not meet these standards we reserve the right to refuse service and a full refund is given. If there are discipline issues with Leader in Training Program students, we will remove the camper from the program with no refund.

RangersThe Legend of the Ranger

The Rangers are hunters and scouts for the village. They are versed in the arts of wilderness survival, tracking and awareness. In their listening they find a silence, one that compels them to protect what is Wild.

Flow is the Way of the Ranger. They follow the trail of the cougar, deer and other animals. With finely honed senses they become the eyes and ears of the village, living completely with the land and tending to it as if an invisible ghost.

The Remembering is here. There was a time you forgot who you were, how it feels to release an arrow, the music of the bowstring resonating, the route of your blood, the path of those who came before. You felt you were asleep for a long while. The world engined on. And then, one day, you woke up.

WildersThe Way of the Wilder

The Wilders are caretakers. They tend to the balance of their village. They listen to the land as they help abundance flow. They guide the needs of the people into harmony with the needs of all life around them.

The tools of a Wilder is remediation through mycology, animals, plants and life itself. They change the land by asking and courting certain ways of life to grow and take root.

The Remembering is here and its time to ask ourselves the question: Do we own the land or do we belong to it? A place can be like our family, familiar and sewn into the day to day of our lives. As people we can define ourselves by how we care for that family and village. This kinship is reflected in how we tend to the Earth and the Wild that sustains us.

RangersThe Tale of the Mariner

The Mariners run the waterways. They build boats, fish and connect our world by wind and sea. A Mariner charts their course by the stars. By trade and salty wisdom they demand respect for the rivers and oceans and all the life in their depths.

Wind on sail powers their movements across nearly three quarters of our planet. Paddle by muscle takes them up rivers, on lakes and the all water veins that run through the mountains to the valleys. They hold law for those that bring ruin to the waters, recognizing the sea as the source of all life on Earth.

The Remembering is here. We have forgotten about the ocean. It has lost an awe and mystery to us. Though, the vastness of its depths weather you in a way unmatched by any force on this Earth. By storm and calm, by power and emptiness, the sea changes you.

RangersThe Story of the Artisan

The Artisans are theater, music and fine crafts folk. Their trade and circus opens our eyes to both noble purpose and subtle, quiet reflection. They carry the stories that remind us of where we've been. They tell the tales that reveal to us who we truly are.

The Artisans are our Storykeepers, travelers bare-of-foot, walking and sleeping under the twilight sky. They evoke drama and humor born by living root in the land. They recall a timeless grief and praise from the very stars above. Their gift is played in celebrations marking the seasons for the children in our stead, asking the moments between these festivals to be filled with a fantastic passion for the day to day of life.

The Remembering is here. Our Story is one of love, forgetting, and an unknown future. This haze we walk through must be assailed. These fears with which we burden ourselves must be shaken loose. At center stage is our very survival, and the choices we make will soon become the Story we Remember.

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About Safety

Since 2004 Trackers has lead the way in standards of safety for outdoor camps and programs. All camp staff are CPR/First AID certified and have passed a thorough background check. We are very selective in our hiring process, choosing mature and competent individuals with profound experience in both education and skills instruction. Trackers is at the forefront of blending "old school" outdoor education with new and leading standards of safety, responsibility and personalized learning. We seek to bring environmental education back to true adventure in the out of doors. Learn more about our safety policies and values from our blog.