Leadership Programs

LIT and Counselor

We have two summer Leadership Programs for teen campers ages 17 and 18. Our 1st Year Leadership Program is for 17-year-old campers seeking to enrich their camp experience through a variety of leadership training activities.  Campers will participate as Leadership Campers (LCs) or as Leaders-In-Training (LITs), depending on medical needs.

Our 2nd Year Leadership Program is for 18-year-old campers who have completed the 1st year Leadership Program and are seeking an opportunity to put their leadership skills to use at The Painted Turtle.

Check out our Leadership Programs:

1st Year Leadership Programs
Leadership Campers and Leaders-in-Training

2nd Year Leadership Programs

If you have any questions about the Leadership Program, please email leadership@thepaintedturtle.org.


  • “Thank you for one of the best weeks of my life… I came with my doubts about my first time at a camp, but as I left that night I couldn’t have felt more satisfied or overjoyed by my experience”
  • “I haven’t seen my son this happy since we have come into the hospital…it is awesome to see him smiling and acting like himself again.”
    -Parent, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • “My daughter told me tonight that Camp is the only place she feels that she’s ever been able to be herself… It’s the only place she’s been where people just accept her for who she is.  It’s the only place she’s been where all of the activities are designed for her to be able to do.  She doesn’t have to sit anything out. She’s part of it all.”
    -Camper Parent
  • “Can I take a picture with my fish & fishing pole in front of the backdrop? I want to prove to my friends that I went fishing in the hospital…they’ll never believe me.”
    -Child, age 10, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
  • “Yay, I’m so glad you’re here today. I have The Painted Turtle Outpost on my calendar with gold stars all around it!”
    -Child Life Specialist, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital