Leadership Training in USA for Brazilians

Criteria for Leadership (LEA) Program

For first time applicants, Camp Hazen staff reviews their participation in extra-curricular activities as well as involvement in community projects.

Overall we look for:

  • Past history of working with children.
  • Desire to work with campers of all ages.
  • Commitment to the program and Camp Hazen YMCA. Examples of how the participant has already shown leadership on some level. 
  • Willingness to be a team player.  The LEA group is a tight group that lives in close quarters. 
  • Someone of high character who can demonstrate the values of camp.
  • Someone who is a positive role model, on the job, and off.

Life as a LEA at Camp Hazen

Morning activity: There are 20 young people enrolled in the Leadership Training Program at Camp Hazen (known as LEAs). The program lasts for three weeks in summer months, during which time they shadow counselors and learn the many new skills and disciplines they will be implementing and sharing with the groups of young campers for whom they will be responsible, later on.

A morning at camp will find a LEA shadowing and assisting a counselor in one of the many program areas. During the training period LEAs will rotate through all these learning how to engage campers and sustain interest in a particular activity. Examples of programs include, for example: outdoor pursuits; creative arts; drama; landsports and waterfront activities.

The lunch period: All LEAs are to rotate on kitchen duty, taking turns to prepare one of the daily meals, wait tables, clear and wash dishes.  Similarly, LEAs perform shop duty where tasks include stocking shelves, taking inventory, assisting campers with purchases of the many pieces of camp paraphernalia. These experiences serve to help LEAs understand the different aspects of camp life and what is involved in supporting the running of the establishment.

The afternoons: In addition to these main program areas, a LEA has the opportunity to attend many other enrichment sessions. For example, the communications program teaches these young leaders how to interact with kids, how to get a point across and give clear instruction, all of which represent crucial group dynamics; strifebuilding  demonstrates how to deal with kids who are struggling in some way – like finding it difficult to make friends or join in activities. Camper management advises how to deal with a camper who might be using inappropriate language, feeling homesick or who is uncooperative.  All LEAs are required to take a course in Lifesaving, CPR and first aid all very important skills to learn when in charge of kids.

Each LEA is required to write a “chapel speech”. At the conclusion of the entire program, participants take part in a candlelight process to the chapel area where each LEA will deliver a 2-minute speech about a given topic. All LEAs receive considerable assistance with this, both with content and the act of public speaking itself. All BRAYCE recruits executed this brilliantly and we were very proud of them. This is an extraordinary exercise in developing esteem and confidence.