Youth Leadership at Camp Ten Trees
Our organization is committed to supporting youth leadership, both within our
summer camp program and throughout the organization as a whole. After all,
our campers aren't just the next generation -- they are here now and have the
vision and enthusiasm to create loving and engaging youth camp environments
that reflect their own interests, needs, and goals.
Youth Involvement on an Organizational Level
What are some ways for youth to get involved with leading Camp Ten Trees? Even though the Camp
Ten Trees summer camp sessions have been around since 2001, we have only been our very own
non-profit organization since late 2008. As we continue to develop our infrastructure, governance,
and year-round presence, youth voices are needed in the mix!
In May 2010, we invited youth to a meeting to discuss ways in which they might want to go about
ensuring their institutional impact on the organization. Would youth be interested in participating at
a board of directors level? How about other year-round volunteer opportunities for youth? Would a
youth advisory group be impactful? Fun? The youth who gathered in May 2010 kicked off the effort
of ensuring youth involvement on an institutional level. This group of youth (ages 13-7) and their
young adult allies (ages 18-22) has continued meeting and is now called Team Pegasus! Nowadays,
Team Pegasus meets about once once each month throughout the fall, winter, spring, and early summer.
If you are 13-22 years old and interested in being part of Team Pegasus, send us an e-mail to join
this youth-led, adult-ally-supported effort. Also, visit our Team Pegasus Facebook page to join us there.
Resources for Youth Leaders and Others
Building Community, Building Facilitation Skills Workshop Outline - Here's a description of an activity.
Feel free to use it in your own work!