TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
SUMMER STEM CAMP
10th Grade or Higher
4-Week Overnight Program
Emagination’s Teen Leadership Program takes Camp to the next level with leadership and life skills development workshops and activities.
Program Assistants (PAs) are returning campers in the 10th grade or higher that are invited to this progressive, multi-year program. Providing experience-based lessons and led by a designated Teen Leadership Program Coordinator, this program is designed to help teens discover the characteristics and skills they need to lead change and growth within themselves and their communities.
Invitations are sent in the winter for the following summer. PAs must attend 4 weeks of overnight camp.
Junior PAs are entering the program for the first time this summer. Junior PAs are introduced to leadership and life skills, while given the opportunities to practice them throughout their time at camp.
Senior PAs are returning PAs who arrive at camp ready to put their skills to work as they take on responsibilities within the camp community and the Teen Leadership Program. They are a great resource for Junior PAs and are expected to display leadership and guidance within the program.
The Teen Leadership Program offers a positive, inclusive environment for PAs to take on new challenges, experience success and learn from mistakes. As PAs learn new skills, they are given opportunities to implement them in camp from running the canteen, helping at camper check in/out, and escorting campers to planning and leading group activities.
PAs are given the option to assist in a technology course of their choice once they have completed the first week of the Teen Leadership Program. As a PA Assist, they answer individual camper questions, troubleshoot project issues, and may be selected to teach one or more small segments of the course.
The Emagination Staff Team serve as role models for the PAs and provide support, guidance and encouragement as they learn and practice leadership.
Emagination’s Teen Leadership Workshop is key to PAs' success in their role at camp. PAs meet daily with the Teen Leadership Program Coordinator to explore various topics through group discussions and related activities. Skills practiced in the workshop include characteristics of a good leader, delegation, activity planning, budgeting, communication, time management, cooperation and teamwork, conflict resolution, and more.
In addition to the Teen Leadership Workshop, PAs take Tech courses during their 4 weeks at camp. Each week consists of two tech courses or one tech course and one PA Assist.
PAs participate in daily recreation with the rest of the campers. They may choose to demonstrate games and rules or lead activities as well as just have fun and play.
Emagination’s Teen Leadership Program allows PAs to explore essential soft skills, earn community service hours, and receive a letter of recommendation while gaining experience as a leader. When competing for college admissions and future jobs, these opportunities may be what sets them apart from their peers.
Expectations of PAs are high, but not at the expense of having fun, developing tech skills and making new friends. PAs are acknowledged and rewarded at camp with a dedicated PA Lounge for exclusive hang-out sessions, later bedtimes, PA Only activities and a PA discount. Most importantly they end the summer with a network of friends that tend to stay connected well beyond camp.