TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
SUMMER TECH CAMP COURSES
10th Grade or Higher
4-Week Overnight Program
Emagination’s Teen Leadership Program invites select camp alumni to the elevated status of Program Assistant (PA). Camp PAs receive an enhanced summer experience with dedicated workshops and activities, as well as opportunities to develop life and leadership skills. Teen Leaders are a valuable part of the camp community, and this multi-year program has become a rite of passage for many campers at Emagination.
Invitations are sent in the fall for the following summer opportunity. PAs must attend 4 weeks of overnight camp.
First Year PAs
Along with the PA Workshop, first year PAs enroll in two tech courses and one recreation elective during the first session and have the option to be a teaching assistant in a course of their choice during the second session.
Second and third year PAs serve as project leaders and set the example for campers and first year PA’s. Their four-period day consists of two tech courses, a period as a teaching assistant, and alternating Senior PA workshop and a recreation period.
Program Assistant workshops are designed to train campers in life and leadership skills. The curriculum trains PAs in topics such as time management, budgeting, collaboration and cooperation, and provides real-life and hands-on activities to help each camper fully integrate their education. Skills are then carried out and presented in front of campers, fellow PAs, and camp leadership staff, so they may improve communication skills, build self-confidence, and prepare to receive or give constructive criticism.
The Leader Program was put in place with the goal of encouraging our camp teens to build respect, become more responsible, and develop self-confidence. PAs assist with login/logout requests, create end-of-session slideshows, manage recreation events, and much more. They are role models for our younger campers, and receive assignments to assist counselors throughout each session. PAs also assist staff in delivering workshops or program activities, and provide critical feedback that helps Emagination continue to improve and grow.
Teen leaders enjoy a dedicated PA Lounge for exclusive hang-out sessions, as well as later lights-out times; however, PAs often say the best perk is the sense of family and community that grows among the Teen Leadership group.
The feedback we receive year-after-year is that Emagination Tech Camp PAs enjoy giving back to the community and passing on the friendship and acceptance that had been so important in their own lives and maturation.
PAs who successfully complete the program are eligible for a recommendation letter from Emagination’s Executive Director, and can earn up to 60 community service hours.