Do you need to be a graduate of Lower Camp to come to Woolman Teen Leadership Camp?
Anyone between the ages of 15-17 is welcome to come to Teen Leadership Camp! We try to keep space available for our returning campers to come back, but there is also room for new faces. If you are curious about how your teen might fit into this program, please do not hesitate to ask us quesitons!
How much time is spent in camp vs. camping out?
Each of our sessions has a different level of on-trail and on-site activities. Please see About Teen Leadership Camp for a full description of each session. For the hiking TLC programs, teen campers will spend more than half their time on trips, and will make camp each night on the trail, by the river, or wherever their adventures take them. If you are concerned about your teens wilderness ability, please contact us or sign up for the Fellowship program, where teens will integrate more experiences off trail.
What kind of leadership are teens challenged into?
What is important in our program is the notion that the teens direct the experience they want to have. We simply equip them with tools, facilitate forums for communication, and open doorways to active opportunities. The teens tell us how they would like to express their leadership abilities, and choose the challenges that support them.
Will there be a chance to visit with the younger campers?
Yes, we're planning a lovely reunion for both camps to get together toward the end of the session for shared food, stories, and fun. We also aim to provide windows in which teens can lead younger campers in several different areas of camp---from activities to food preparation to work crews to worship sharing and reflection times.
Can you provide a reference for my teen at the culmination of the program?
We are certainly willing to do so but the request must be made individually, and the Teen Leadership Director reserves the right to provide an honest and truthful reflection on the experience of working with your teen. Please inquire directly to discuss this.
How can my teen get the most from this program?
We enthusiastically support teens thinking through any goals or aspirations that they have for the program in advance of arrival. In this tab, we have provided a questionnaire for teens to fill out as they shape their ideas. Furthermore, our Teen Leadership Director is always willing to connect with individual teens before camp and talk things through. Through a combination of premeditation, discussion, processing and goal setting, we believe teens can enter the program from a powerful space, ready to take on challenges that will fit their self-created pathways.
What should I bring to camp?
Check out the gear list for camp. And make sure your backpack and shoes fit really well, you'll be using them!