Teen Opportunities from Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy shares your goals to help teens grow into healthy, strong young adults. That is why we have developed a range of opportunities that develop skills in outdoor recreation and community leadership. We have 9 programs to choose from for ages 13-17+ with sessions open every week of the summer. If your teen is into being outdoors, we have something to keep them busy, having fun, making friends and learning skills.

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.
Is your teen enthusiastic about biking or wanting to get into a fun sport? Our Mountain Bike Camp is a great way to learn or improve skills, safety, and learn to enjoy biking.

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. Limited availability!


Nashville Sail Camp is a learn-to-sail camp for all levels of experience from beginner to advanced.  The camp offers a basic level of sailing, focusing on the fundamentals while having a great time on the water.

Counselors in Training

Is your teen an experienced rider or sailor?  Did they participate in a Leaders in Training (LIT) program at nature camp last year?  If so, they are eligible to be a CIT! Counselors in Training (CIT) positions are available to teens aged 15-17 by application. If selected, your teen will attend a training session in May for a one-time $200 training fee.  Limited paid staff positions are also available at all camps for teens over 16 years old.  Visit our employment page or email for more information about working at camp!

Counselors in Training (Ages 15-17) – The CIT program is an internship (unpaid) for the summer season. Being at camp is one of the most life-impacting internships in the world. Counselors and CITs say they gain skills in communication, solving complex problems, and confidence and that they became the best version of themselves through working at camp. CITS will create friendships with their co-interns and the staff team, and prepare for a successful transition to staff and instructors someday. Candidates must apply, be interviewed and attend training (online & in-person) after which they are approved to sign up for week-long internship sessions. CIT are scheduled per session and expected to work at least 2 sessions in the season.

CIT at Sail Camp

Offered every week. $485 one-time fee includes online training and CIT training week, June 5-9. Training will cover counselors skills & expectations, TWRA boaters safety, and US Sailing Teaching & Coaching Fundamentals.  Plus lots of sailing, practice in teaching sailing, team building games and fun!

CIT at Camp Twigs

Offered every week at all Camp Twigs locations. $200 one-time fee includes online and in-person training sessions in late May. Training will cover counselors skills & expectations, child development, safety, plus exploring in nature, crafts, games and making friends.