Week-long camps for developing leadership for ages 13-17. The program is designed to equip those who want to be leaders in their communities with tools, ideas, and skills to impact the world around them. Each program is developed in progression and as a multi-year experience with a final goal that teen leaders will apply to be staff members when they are of age. Participation in the program does not guarantee a position on staff. Each camp has unique activities and leadership opportunities, but share a common structure for leadership development.
Teen Adventure Camp at Bells Bend
July 6-8 with a Thursday overnight: For our most adventurous teens, join us at Bells Bend Park for three days of outdoor recreation. This is a special week of camp for teens looking to level up their outdoor skills and leadership development. Teens will stay active paddle boarding, fishing, indoor rock climbing, snorkeling, and doing archery. Thursday night we camp out and cook out at the park, BYO tent or hammock! Discounted registration is available for teen volunteers.
Let the Adventure Begin!
at Camp Twigs
at Nashville Sail Camp
Counselors in Training
Volunteer positions for teens aged 15-17
After completing the Leaders-In-Training program or at age 16, teen leaders can sign up to volunteer as a Counselor-In-Training (CIT). This can be done in one season or over multiple seasons.
The Counselor in Training program is a week of advanced leadership development designed to strengthen the passions and abilities of those who find themselves wanting to make a difference. These leaders will be paired with a counselor for the week and given numerous opportunities to lead through activities, lessons, and role modeling for the younger campers. You will spend the week bonding with and leading the campers of the tribe you are chosen to work with, and with the learning from the counselor you are assigned to. The counselor will watch over and help guide you, teaching you to make the most out of every moment you have with your campers. By the end of the week, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of leadership, and a truly applicable skill set to make a difference.
Counselors in Training are volunteers, but considered staff for the week they are volunteering. They must attend an 8-hour training session in May, dates TBA.
- One time $200 training fee for the summer
Counselors in Training is offered every week of the season. For more information contact us.
Camp Twigs, Nashville Sail Camp, Mountain Bike Camp, and Teen Leaders are camps from Leadership Academy. These camps are permitted in partnership with Nashville Metro Parks.