The Leaders in Training (LIT) and Junior Counselor Program provides an opportunity for young people to foster and grow their leadership skills both for in a camp setting. During the summer, young leaders learn about their own leadership style, how to lead and work in a team setting, communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution skills.

Leaders-In-Training (LIT)

Leaders-In-Training will provide participants with training in how to use effective leadership skills throughout their lives and how to work effectively with children at camp and in many other settings.

During our LIT program, teens learn what great leaders do and say. Our LITs learn through leadership development workshops, service learning and hands on activities. The program makes time for camp fun like climbing the rock wall and swimming.

Our LIT Coordinators acts as a mentor to the participants as they are assigned to assist with Adventure Camp trail groups. Everyday our LITs come together to debrief and discuss what they have experienced and learned that day. LIT participants graduate the program with lifelong skills and lifelong friends.


AGES: Teens entering grades 7-9


DATES: July 22 - August 2 or August 5 - 16


DAYS: Monday - Friday


FEES: $375/session YMCA Members or $425/session Program Members

Leaderes-In-Training Morning Drop-off

Carl Cozier Elementary 7:00-8:00am
Bellingham YMCA 7:30-8:30am
Ferndale YMCA  7:30-8:00am
Lynden YMCA 7:30-8:00am

Leaders-In-Training Afternoon Pick-up

Carl Cozier Elementary 5:00-5:30pm
Bellingham YMCA 4:30-6:00pm
Ferndale YMCA  5:00-6:00pm
Lynden YMCA 5:00-6:00pm

Junior Counselor Program

The Junior Counselor Program allows teens to develop leadership development skills while they learn how to work with children. Adventure Camp staff serve as mentors while providing guidance and feedback as Junior Counselors volunteer to be a positive role model to Adventure Campers. 


Teens must fill out an application and volunteer the entire week. Mandatory training will take place on June 19th.  Applications available online or at the Bellingham YMCA.


Mandatory Training:  Friday, June 21


Contact Adventure Camp Director at 733-8630 or to learn about the application process. Return Jr Counselor Application and Code of Conduct to Whatcom Family YMCA by May 31.

Whatcom Family YMCA 
Adventure Camp
1256 N. State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225