Leader In Training (LIT) Program

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Here at HOC, we believe that staff development begins with candidates who are eager to build their leadership experience within our summer camp community, and who show strong initiative. 


  • Summer Camp Leader Training, Ontario
  • Summer Camp Leader Training, Ontario
  • Summer Camp Leader Training, Ontario
  • Summer Camp Leader Training, Ontario

The Ideal Camper for this Program

The Leader in Training (LIT) program is ideal for any male or female who has just completed grade 9 and is looking for a multi-week program that can help them start the process of transitioning from activity participation to activity leadership. The ideal camper for this program is interested in enjoying the fun and excitement of summer camp for the first week in our senior section, but then is ready to develop and work on their leadership skills over the second week of camp.

This program is ideal for campers who want to develop these skills in order to possibly work at camp or in their community or participate in school organizations in a leader capacity.

Program Features

The LIT program provides candidates with an introduction to the 4 core principles  ( Community, Leadership, Accountability, and Performance) This is achieved through character building and leadership training that they can use in any leadership position. Candidates familiarize themselves with different leadership styles and further experience the many principles and skills required to be their own great leader. Skills that are reviewed include time management, role models, self-confidence, communication, organization, and goal setting.

Although they are given many tools to get them started, candidates are also given independence to express their own personal style and positive attitude. Please note that LITs do not have the opportunity to skate or assist on-ice activities at the rink during this week.

Candidates then get to experience (through observation) how these leadership skills work within the structure of our own HOC summer camp community and the various job responsibilities and expectations.

Participants in the LIT program will have the opportunity to earn their Emergency First Aid & CPR, as well as their Bronze Medallion Certification through the Royal Life Saving Society. These certifications will better prepare them for the CIT program and a potential future as an HOC staff member.

During the final day of the session (Saturday), each LIT participates in an evaluation session to discuss their personal leadership achievements and performance over the week. Parents are encouraged to be present for this session.

Program Schedule

The program is based on a two-week session designed for candidates aged 14/15 who have completed at least grade 9. During the first week LITs will participate in camp programming in our Senior Section (choice of Overnight Hockey + Camp, Overnight Camp or Overnight Waterski Program, program cost vary), enjoying all the features and fun HOC has to offer. 

During the second week, LIT candidates make the distinct transition from camper to leader. They are housed in separate cabins from Senior section campers and their focus shifts from camper to leader. The second week consists of in-class leadership sessions, activity assists, practical teaching instruction, journal writing, staff observation assignments and an overnight camp out.

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Register for the Leadership In Training Program

July LIT Sessions
Camp Week 2, LIT Week 3 (July 15-21)
Camp Week 3, LIT Week 4 (July 22-28)

August LIT Sessions
Camp Week 6, LIT Week 7 (Aug. 12-18)
Camp Week 7, LIT Week 8 (Aug. 19-25)


Age Groups

14-15 yrs of age (completed Grade 9)


Program Features

  • During the first week, campers have a choice of various HOC Overnight programming (Hockey + Camp Program, Camp Program or Water Ski Program - program cost vary)
  • During the second week, LITs participate in the following:
    • Bronze Medallion training/testing
    • Emergency First Aid/CPR training/testing
    • Activity assists with HOC staff and campers
    • Leadership sessions/theory
    • One night of tent camping on HOC property
    • Group activities
    • Program provides letter confirming 15 hours of community service completed

How to Register

  • Review program features and schedule to determine if the program is the right fit for you.
  • Determine your preferred Camp & LIT Week (view our Calendar & Availability here).
  • You will then need to register for your preferred Camp Week and LIT Week in the Campsite Parent Dashboard. You can create a new account or log into an existing account.
  • Follow all enrollment prompts, and ensure you select both your Camp Week and LIT Week as your two enrollment options.
  • You will be required to review and submit a Program Agreement Form and Participant Expectations Form before submitting your enrollment request.
  • Your spot in the program is not finalized until the request is confirmed by an HOC Administrator.
  • Please Note: LIT Enrollment Requests are reviewed on a first come first serve basis, so register early to guarantee your preferred LIT Week.

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