Leadership Training

Developing young Jewish women and men into the next generation of leaders.

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 and in our world. 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 leaders in the Jewish Community.

Our L.T’s will balance responsibility and learning while developing skills with regard to child development 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.

In summer #1, LTs will begin to be trained on leadership strategies and skills while they continue to participate in general day camp activities with their group.

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 each week (with the LT Director), discussing what they learned so they can be better. The LT’s will also have the opportunity to listen to community leaders, guest speaker, alumni and more as they continue to learn and grow and develop.

In summer #2, LTs are entering 10th grade, and they will be expected to take on a bigger role than the previous year.

They will still receive instruction from the LT supervisors and other camp leaders, and they will learn the 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.

LT1’s and LT2’s will both participate in group and individual meetings throughout the summer which will reinforce learning, while frequent evaluations 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.

Additionally, we understand that peer interaction at this age is crucial as our LT’s begin to transition from camper to staff.

LT’s will have designated times to interact with their peers in activities such as free swim, scuba diving, team and relationship building / ongoing training, and group lunches, as well as participation and leadership in Kabbalat Shabbat programming, Carnival and much more. Community service credit is given (based on weeks of participation).

Results achieved:

  • Training of future camp staff members (responsibility, patience, sensitivity, leadership, teamwork).
  • Creating a model and expectation for all LT Programs in the future.
  • Relationships built with children and staff at BT Camps.
  • Becoming a positive role model and leader outside of camp, including school, their communities, synagogues and life beyond high school.
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