The program is designed for older teens who want to continue to develop their skills in the outdoors, while preparing to lead youth. Participants spend much of the first week in first aid and CPR training, learning and discussing Leave No Trace camping practices, and developing further skills in leadership, trip planning, and group development. The L3′s then get to test their skills on a self-planned hiking/camping weekend and service learning trip to Baxter State Park.
L3 is for many a gateway to becoming a camp counselor. The second week is spent using and developing skills in a practical environment. Days and evenings will be spent supporting counselors with cabin leadership and leading camp activities. In addition, time will be spent with a leadership mentor, learning new skills and debriefing the joys and challenges of camp leadership. With new responsibility comes new freedom, and there will also be some time for just relaxing with friends.
“Take the opportunity to step into a leadership role, lead a group successfully and also stand back to learn from peers. This is the chance to give back to Tanglewood.” —L3 participant
L3 requires responsibility and commitment. It prepares young leaders for future success, while providing hands on experience and life-long memories. Many graduates will be ready to take the step up to summer staff in the next years, if they desire to do so. Participants are required to write a letter of intent stating personal goals and how this program will benefit their development. Please include your letter with the registration form. Accommodation can be made if writing is a concern.