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Camp Hours

9:00AM - 4:00PM*

9:00AM - 3:30PM*

*Regular Camp hours. Please note, times are different for Peeps and Overnight camps.

Camp hours extend to 5:30pm for additional fee.

**Not available all weeks or at all locations.

Leaders-in-Training (L-I-T) Volunteer Program for Teens

VINS’ Leaders-in-Training program involves teens in our camp program by offering the opportunity to work closely with children, peers, and adults in a fun, recreational setting while providing experiences for participants to develop their leadership skills. Whether or not participants have attended VINS Nature Camp, our L-I-T program offers a fun summer option for teens who love the camp experience or who want to gain experience leading groups in the outdoors. This specialized volunteer program is offered to individuals who are ages 14 (as of June, 2019) through 17 and who will be entering or returning to high school in the fall of 2019.

Throughout their summer, L-I-T volunteers will be paired with VINS Nature Camp Instructors who mentor the L-I-Ts during their week(s) of camp. L-I-T responsibilities are assigned by the VINS Nature Camp Instructors they are working with and may include leading group games, assisting specific campers, or helping to prepare lessons/activities for the week. We believe that the L-I-T program is a valuable learning experience for all and hope that many of our L-I-Ts will eventually return as VINS Nature Camp Instructors.

At the end of the summer, all L-I-Ts will receive official acknowledgement of their volunteer hours.

Application forms for the 2020 season will be available on December 15, 2019.

L-I-T Volunteer Location Options

Day Camps:
VINS Nature Center, Quechee, VT
Storrs Pond Recreation Area, Hanover, NH
ArtisTree Community Arts Center and Gallery, South Pomfret, VT

Overnight Camps:
Old Pepper Place Nature Reserve, Washington, VT

L-I-T Volunteer Details

  • To volunteer for day camps, must be entering 9th – 12th grade in the fall of 2019, at least 14 years of age, and younger than 18 years of age.*
  • To volunteer for overnight camps, must have successfully completed at least one season as an L-I-T volunteer, be entering 11th-12th grade in the fall of 2019, and at least 16 years of age.
  • L-I-Ts are required to volunteer for at least one full week of camp at one of the specified locations and may volunteer for as many weeks at they are able.
  • Applications must be submitted by May 24, 2019. (Application forms for the 2019 season will be available December 15, 2018).
  • L-I-Ts must attend a training day (selected dates TBD) regarding general camp policies, safety procedures, and an introduction to leadership skills before their scheduled week to volunteer.

*If you are 18 or older by June, 2019 and are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us at camps@vinsweb.org.

As a leader, and in everyday life, I am working to become more outgoing.  Being an L-I-T has 100% helped me improve [in this area]. Interacting with fellow L-I-Ts, campers, and counselors made me more confident in social interactions.

VINS Nature Camp L-I-T

Overall, coming to VINS camp was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It has made me into a better teacher and I have more leadership skills.  I loved the feel of the camp, the energy, and the group games.  I loved being a LIT and I can’t wait to come back next year.

VINS Nature Camp L-I-T

Each year at VINS, I became more willing to put myself in positions that would challenge me both as a leader, and as a person. I think that that is because every time I stepped out of my comfort zone as an L-I-T, it was always a positive experience. I was always met with positive feedback as well as constructive criticism that I could use to improve myself for the next time.

VINS Nature Camp L-I-T