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Leader-In-Training (LIT)

The LIT program is a multi-week program for potential staff members to experience multiple program and service areas and to have responsibilities within a camper unit while receiving mentorship and guidance from more experienced camp staff.  LITs are not paid staff, but do not pay for participation in the program.  All LIT applicants must be 16 years old by June 2, 2019.

Questions about the program?  Contact Alissa at Alissa.Hollmann@Ondessonk.com or 618-695-2489 x104.  

I am happy to speak with parents about the LIT program, schedule, expectations, and application process.  However, when it comes to specific questions about an individual’s application or interview, I request that the LIT applicant reach out to me directly so that I know they are invested in the process.  

2019 Dates: LITs are at camp for a 4 or 5 week “half”.  First Half is June 2-June 29; Second Half is June 30-August 3, 2019.  All LITs are required to attend Staff Orientation (May 26-June 1, 2019) unless they have a school conflict.

General Program Information

The LIT program is like a counselor internship.  They volunteer their time for approximately 5 weeks of the summer and work in multiple program and service areas.  LITs are invited to attend staff training week along with all paid staff.  They are assigned to a camper unit and have responsibilities within the unit, but never alone.  Each week LITs work in a new area.  This allows them to discover new strengths and determine the best fit for them if they were to apply as paid staff in the future.  LITs receive frequent feedback and have weekly group sessions along with one-on-one sessions with the Head Counselor.  

Application and Selection

LITs must complete an application and 3 letters of recommendation, which can be found at the bottom of this page.  All LITs will be interviewed in Late February or March and selections will be made by Late March or Early April.  It is not a requirement to have participated in the CIT program or Teen Leadership Camp to apply as a LIT.  CPR/AED/First Aid certifications are strongly encouraged, but not required, for LIT candidates.

Weekend Duties

On Saturdays, LITs are off.  They must have written permission from a parent or guardian to leave camp during their off periods.  LITs that remain at camp do have access to meals and laundry between sessions.  One Saturday during the summer will be assigned to each LIT for a weekend duty.  LITs are able to request that they are not given weekend duty on certain weekends.  Weekend duty may involve working in the office, riding on the bus with campers departing and arriving at camp, or supervising layover campers.  Just like duties during the week, LITs are never given a supervision duty without an over-18 staff member accompanying them.


TO APPLY:     The 2019 LIT application is closed.  

1. Please read the following LIT Applicant Letter.

2. Complete an application, either online or a paper version.  

3. LIT Reference Form – 3 different people will need to complete this form and send it to camp or email to Alissa.Hollmann@Ondessonk.com. A nice thing to do is to give each reference a pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelope when you ask them to complete a reference form for you.

4. Send in all forms by February 28, 2019 to camp via the file downloader found below, email to Alissa.Hollmann@Ondessonk.com, or snail mail to:  Camp Ondessonk Attn: LIT Application  3760 Ondessonk Rd. Ozark, IL 62972.

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