1st Year Leadership Programs

The Leadership Camper (LC) program is designed to provide a week of community, education, recreation and growth for 17 year-olds who are in the process of becoming the leaders of their own lives.  Participants join us for a week-long summer session, and live in the cabin with their peers and Leadership Counselors.  LC’s take part in a variety of workshops and activities to learn different leadership skills including: communication, decision making, conflict resolution, public speaking, and role modeling.

Our 1st year Leader-In-Training (LIT) program is specifically for campers who’s medical requirements include dialysis or care for hemophilia.  As LITs, participants join us to develop their leadership skills and gain insight into our camp program.  Participants partner with cabin and program mentors who serve as resources and role models during their camp session.  The opportunity offers a hands-on learning experience.

1st Year Leadership Opportunities:

Leadership 2017 Program dates are in progress. Check back for more information.

To Apply You Must:

  • Be a previous camper in good standing with The Painted Turtle or a member of the medical community we serve
  • Be 17 years old by the session for which you are applying.
  • Complete an online application which includes the following:
    • Camper Application
    • Medical Requirements
    • Applicant Information
    • Reference Forms – Please list two references on the reference forms provided
    • Leadership Questionnaire


Applications are available on The Painted Turtle’s new CampSite database.

Leadership Program applicants apply using the general camper application. Click here to access additonal information and the camper application.

Additional Info

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

Leadership Campers

Staff Testimonials

  • “I couldn’t think of another way I’d rather spend my summer.”
  • “I feel the time I have spent at The Painted Turtle has been an amazing experience of fun and growth that has had a profound impact on my life.”
  • “Three months of helping kids realize that they can do anything they set their minds to. Three months of working with some of the most amazing people from all around the world. Three months of hoping to change a life but having mine changed instead. The best three months of my life.”
  • “The Painted Turtle has given a gift to every single person who has come through those gates; the ability to be your best self and be proud of who you are. I have seen and experienced how spending just one week at camp can change your life. For most campers, The Painted Turtle gives them the ability to live their lives to the fullest despite anything that may stand in their way. I love being a part of the team that creates this magic.”
  • “My experience last summer was absolutely transformative for me. It was the most rewarding and fulfilling thing I think I’ve ever done. Unlike any other time in my life, I felt like every good quality I had inside of me came shooting out and all my skills and talents were put to use for one incredible purpose.”
  • “Working on the summer staff team at The Painted Turtle was an experience I will never forget.  I was born and raised in a small community and haven’t traveled much in my life.  After a summer at The Painted Turtle, I now have close friends in virtually every region of the United States, and I keep in touch with many of them on a regular basis.  Most of us are studying different subjects or working in unrelated fields, but we all shared the desire to do something amazing with our time.  I believe that many of us have become friends for life.”