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For teens entering grades 10 & 11

Participants in Wildwood’s Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program develop leadership skills within an environmental context, giving teens practical experience that enables them to be leaders in their schools and communities.

This unique program combines a fun summer camp experience with leadership development and special activities that teach key concepts around the three elements of Mass Audubon’s mission—conservation, education, and advocacy.


For teens entering grade 10

First-year LITs participate in team-building activities, develop an environmental research project, and act as leaders and role models for campers. With the support and guidance of their facilitators, all LITs are tasked with leading their peers in a program of their own creation. Off-site community service provides LITs with an opportunity to serve and connect with communities beyond Wildwood.

LIT working on construction project


For teens entering grade 11

Leaders-In-Action dive deeper into leadership, putting their experience into practice throughout the Wildwood program and beyond. Their focus will be on leaving a lasting impact on the Wildwood program and property through their leadership and service. This session will leave teens with skills they can build on for years to come—at home, at school, and within their communities.

Leaders-In-Action are selected by application and interview, contact the Wildwood office at 866-627-2267 or email us for more information.

LIT yurts at Wildwood Camp
LITs live in the Goodall Unit, a group of four yurts.

Program Details

  • At the beginning of each session, participants set goals for their experience together and work with guidance from their LIT director and facilitators.
  • LITs will be involved in team-building activities and workshops that aim to develop their ability to succeed in a group of aspiring leaders.
  • Teens take part in an overnight trip during which they will plan and implement the elements that create a successful camp-out experience.
  • The program culminates with an environmental service project at Wildwood or in the surrounding community.

Leadership and Service at Camp and in the Community

LITs practice their skills by helping LIT counselors and camp staff plan and lead camp activities, and serving as role models for the entire camp community. LITs may also meet members of the Rindge community, visit other Mass Audubon sites, and explore new habitats.

Service Projects

LITs will make a positive contribution to a natural area of their choosing and gain knowledge needed to identify environmental issues. Past service projects include roadside cleanup, creating interpretive signs along camp trails, and trail maintenance. We are happy to document volunteer service hours as requested for high school graduation requirements. You may bring forms with you to camp, or contact the Wildwood office after camp.

LIT Accommodations

Leaders-in-Training live in the Goodall Unit, a group of four yurts, two for boys and two for girls. A facilitator lives in each yurt with a group of LITs. Here they can rest, relax, and share stories in a comfortable environment featuring picnic tables, benches, and a stone fire ring that was designed and built by a previous LIT group.