Teen Leadership Program

Hickory Cove’s Teen Leadership Program has helped me grow as a Christian leader by surrounding me with other genuine and fun loving Christians who lead by example and challenge me in my relationship with God.

-Kallie P.

Join our Teen Leadership Program

Hickory Cove’s Teen Leadership (TL) program is a summer program for 14-17 year-olds who have a desire to follow Jesus and help others follow Jesus.

This unique program provides training, development, and discipleship for 14-17 year-olds to help them grow into summer staff member roles, but more importantly to help them grow into lifelong followers of Jesus.

TL students will receive various hands-on servant-leadership opportunities to develop the following soft skills that will be invaluable in college, career, ministry, marriage, and family life:

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Time management
  • Adaptability
  • Work ethic
  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict management
  • Emotional intelligence

Given that space is extremely limited for this program, 15-17 year-old applicants must complete an interview process and be officially accepted into the program to participate. 14-year-old students may opt in to be a “Cabin Assistant” during the camper registration process and are not required to go through an interview and acceptance process.

To apply and learn more about a specific position within our Teen Leadership program, simply click on the appropriate position below.

DESCRIPTION

Campers who are 14 years of age are eligible to opt in to being a Cabin Assistant (CA) during their session of summer camp. Although these students are technically still considered a summer camper and will participate as a camper in all camp activities, these students will also begin to take on various “cabin life” responsibilities to introduce them to the Teen Leadership program.

BENEFITS

In addition to the opportunity to develop soft skills that will be invaluable in college, career, ministry, marriage, and family life; students will also receive the following benefits from being a Cabin Leader: Teen Leadership Program Benefits

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assist with activity set up, facilitation, and clean up
  • Clearing cabin tables after meals

PROGRAM LENGTH

One summer camp session

SESSION OPTIONS

Choose from any of our Summer Camp Sessions with the exception of Session 3: Family Weekend.

RATES

Cost is free with the payment of the student’s summer camp session registration fee (+ application fee).

A limited amount of financial aid is available (for the summer camp session registration fee) for qualifying applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

April 15, 2024

HOW TO SIGN UP

Students will have the option to sign up to be a Cabin Assistant during the online summer camp registration process.

DESCRIPTION

Students who are 15 years of age are eligible to apply and interview to be a Leader-in-Training (LIT). As an LIT, students will have opportunities to begin gaining servant-leadership experience in various areas of summer camp including cabin groups, dining services, and maintenance. LIT’s will also start gaining experience in discipling others by assisting in the spiritual development of campers, while they are simultaneously being mentored and discipled by other senior staff members.

Note: A one-day training event is scheduled for LIT’s on Sat, May 4 (please contact us if unable to attend)

BENEFITS

In addition to the opportunity to develop soft skills that will be invaluable in college, career, ministry, marriage, and family life; students will also receive the following benefits from being a Leader-in-Training: Teen Leadership Program Benefits

RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities may include some or all of the following (depending on how many sessions a student participates as an LIT):

  • Cabin – assist a Senior Counselor with managing and discipling a cabin group of campers (leading one cabin group evening devotional, leading at least one Devotion-in-Motion discussion, etc.)
  • Dining Services – assist the Food Services Manager with dining set up, meal service, and clean up
  • Maintenance – assist the Facilities Manager with stocking supplies in various buildings and working on maintenance projects

PROGRAM LENGTH

1-3 summer camp sessions

SESSION OPTIONS

LIT session options are as follows (*Note: Only female LIT’s are eligible to participate in the Girls One-Week Camp session and only male LIT’s are eligible to participate in the Boys One-Week Camp session.):

      • June 2-7 – Session 1: Co-ed One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • June 9-20 – Session 2: Co-ed Two-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • July 2-5 – Session 4: Co-ed Mini-Camp (Rising 1st-5th Graders)
      • July 7-12 – Session 5: Co-ed Soccer Camp (Rising 2nd-6th Graders)
      • July 14-19 – Session 6: Co-ed One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • July 21-26 – Session 7: Girls One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • July 28-Aug 2 – Session 8: Boys One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)

RATES

    • Mini-Camp Session – $109
    • One-Week Session – $191
    • Soccer Camp Session – $191
    • Two-Week Session – $328

Note: LIT payment is not due until the applicant has been accepted into the program.

A limited amount of financial aid is available for qualifying applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Once accepted into the Teen Leadership program, students may apply for financial aid.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 1, 2024

HOW TO APPLY 

Click on the button below to apply!

DESCRIPTION

Students who are 16-17 years of age are eligible to apply and interview to be a Counselor-in-Training (CIT). As a CIT, students will have opportunities to continue gaining more servant-leadership experience within cabin groups as they focus exclusively on training to become a camp counselor. CIT’s will be further immersed in the process of discipling others as they will have a more direct role in the spiritual development of campers. Students will also be further immersed in the process of being discipled as they not only will be discipled throughout their session by the Senior Counselor they are training under, but they will also have a dedicated mentor that they will meet with for mentorship and discipleship.

Note: Two one-day training events are scheduled for Counselors-in-Training on Sat, May 4 and Sat, May 11 (please contact us if unable to attend)

BENEFITS

  • Opportunity to develop soft skills that will be invaluable in college, career, ministry, marriage, and family life
  • CIT’s participating in at least 3 sessions will also be eligible to be reimbursed for lifeguard certification if they choose to be certified (approximately $300 value)
  • CPR and First Aid training

For a comprehensive list of Counselor-in-Training benefits, see our Teen Leadership Program Benefits.

RESPONSIBILITIES

A CIT will assist a Senior Counselor with managing and discipling a cabin group of campers and will have responsibilities such as the following:

  • Helping lead the activity portion of the daily Devotions-in-Motion
  • Leading the devotional portion of at least one Devotions-in-Motion
  • Leading at least one evening devotion/daily wrap-up for the cabin group
  • Meeting with a dedicated mentor for mentorship and discipleship

PROGRAM LENGTH

2-4 summer camp sessions

SESSION OPTIONS

CIT session options are as follows (*Note: Only female CIT’s are eligible to participate in the Girls One-Week Camp session and only male CIT’s are eligible to participate in the Boys One-Week Camp session.):

      • June 2-7 – Session 1: Co-ed One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • June 9-20 – Session 2: Co-ed Two-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • July 2-5 – Session 4: Co-ed Mini-Camp (Rising 1st-5th Graders)
      • July 7-12 – Session 5: Co-ed Soccer Camp (Rising 2nd-6th Graders)
      • July 14-19 – Session 6: Co-ed One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • July 21-26 – Session 7: Girls One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)
      • July 28-Aug 2 – Session 8: Boys One-Week Camp (Rising 2nd-9th Graders)

RATES

    • Mini-Camp Session – $124
    • One-Week Session – $206
    • Soccer Camp Session – $206
    • Two-Week Session – $343

Note: CIT payment is not due until the applicant has been accepted into the program.

A limited amount of financial aid is available for qualifying applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Once accepted into the Teen Leadership program, students may apply for financial aid.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 1, 2024

HOW TO APPLY 

Click on the button below to apply!

DESCRIPTION

Students who are 17 years of age and were a Counselor-in-Training the previous year are eligible to apply and interview for a paid position as a Junior Counselor. Junior Counselors will have the same responsibilities as a Senior Counselor and will share an equal amount of that responsibility with the cabin group’s counselor(s). As a Junior Counselor, students will also receive the same benefits as summer staff members who are 18 years of age and up.

Note: Two one-day training events are scheduled for Junior Counselors on Sat, May 4 and Sat, May 11 (please contact us if unable to attend)

BENEFITS

  • Opportunity to develop soft skills that will be invaluable in college, career, ministry, marriage, and family life
  • Eligible to be reimbursed for optional lifeguard certification (approximately $300 value)
  • CPR and First Aid training
  • Attend Summer Staff events (end-of-summer celebration, Christmas party, etc.)
  • End-of-summer gift
  • Option to work the full summer, first half of the summer, or second half of the summer

For a comprehensive list of Junior Counselor benefits, see our Teen Leadership Program Benefits.

RESPONSIBILITIES

A Junior Counselor will share the primary responsibility of managing and discipling a cabin group of campers with the cabin group’s other counselor(s). Responsibilities include:

  • Leading daily Devotions-in-Motion
  • Leading evening devotion/daily wrap-up for the cabin group
  • Leading morning devotions for the cabin group
  • Leading cabin group activities
  • Meeting with a dedicated mentor for mentorship and discipleship

PROGRAM LENGTH

4-9 weeks from June 2-Aug 2

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 15, 2024

HOW TO APPLY 

Click on the button below to apply!