The Beth Tfiloh Camps Leadership Training (LT) program is a two-year program designed to help develop young Jewish women and men into the next generation of leaders in our community. The LT program is available for incoming 9th and 10th graders who are ready to transition from campers to become staff at BT Camps and be the next Jewish leaders in our Jewish Community.
L.T’s will balance responsibility and learning while developing child development skills and positive attitudes necessary to becoming a counselor or instructor. Specific training will take place to guarantee that our “staff-in-training” are comfortable in their designated areas, having the opportunity to work with a variety of age groups/bunks/specialty areas. This is a great way for them to gain experience and to see which ages/areas suit them the most.
The leadership programming will include learning about personal ownership, active listening, empathy, critical thinking skills and more. First year LTs will spend some time getting instruction from the LT program supervisor and working as assistants with counselors or with activity leaders. After an initial training period, 9th grade LTs will be assigned part-time to areas that are suited for them and will have the opportunity to provide them with varying scenarios. Additionally, the L.T. group will debrief their own experiences bi-weekly (with the LT Director), discussing what they learned so they can be better. The LT’s may also listen to community leaders, guest speakers, alumni and more as they continue to learn and grow and develop.
They will still receive instruction from the LT supervisor and function as counselor and activity assistants, however, LTs will be also able to choose which bunks or “camps” they wish to work with in their second summer. This will allow for the 2nd year LTs to develop an even deeper understanding of how to become a leader.
LT1’s and LT2’s will both participate in group and individual meetings 3x per week during 6th period, which will reinforce learning, while frequent performance reviews (by senior counselors, unit heads and department heads) will keep the L.T. informed of their progress. L.T.s will be seen assisting in activities; assisting staff and campers with lunch and snack; and giving special attention to campers. The LT will become positive role models for younger campers while acquiring self-confidence & leadership skills.
LT’s will have designated times to interact with their peers in activities such as free swim, team and relationship building / ongoing training, and group lunches, as well as participation and leadership in Kabbalat Shabbat programming, Carnival, Gaga Tournament, Color War and much more. Additionally, LT’s will have the opportunity to travel together as a group to Hershey Park.
NOTE: Community service credit is given (based on weeks of participation).