Leadership Training Program

Four Winds * Westward Ho offers a unique Leadership Training Program for rising high school juniors and seniors. This program targets the heart and soul of our mission at camp of fostering a spirit of adventure and delight, cooperation and compassion, creativity and self-confidence within campers that will enrich and inspire them throughout their lives.

This two-year program aims at building future leaders at camp and offers opportunities for service that can aid in the transition from camper to staff. It also builds on skills and increases responsibility as participants develop leadership through providing service to camp, working directly with camper supervision, planning and implementing all camp activities and teaching/assisting in activity areas. Read on to figure out how you wish to contribute.

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Counselor Trainees (CTs)

As a Counselor in Training (CT), you will be assisting in all areas of camp, learning valuable leadership skills, and having an incredibly good time!

Each session we select both former campers and newcomers to apply for this program. As a CT, you’ll live in a teepee or tent with your leadership counselor. You’ll plan and implement activities in camp, fill in for counselors and staff when needed, participate in special out-of-camp trips and contribute to the camp community as strong leaders and role models for campers and other staff.

Each summer, we select between 6 – 8 CTs for Girls Side and an additional 6 – 8 CTs for Boys Side and the CT family is supported by our CT Mom and Dad leadership team positions. Tuition for the CT program is half of the regular camp tuition.

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Helping Hands

One great way to help transition from the role of camper to staff is to get involved in the inner workings of camp. In this role you will work as a Dishwasher, Barn Hand, Dock Hand, Craft Hand, or Office Assistant. In addition to your work responsibilities you’ll have the opportunity to help with program areas and participate in activities.

There will also be supervised time off. You’ll live in a tent with other Helping Hands and a Helping Hands Parent (who will have a job of their own like Driver, Lodgekeeper, or Nurse’s Assistant).

Each summer, we select between 6 – 8 Helping Hands for Girls Side and an additional 6 – 8 Helping Hands for Boys Side. Participants in this program will receive a small stipend for their work.