Leader in


Throughout the week LITs will have the opportunity to learn leadership and service while they assist summer staff with:

  • Assistant Cabin Leader
  • Activities
  • Day Camp
  • Dish Pit
  • Housekeeping
  • Other areas of camp as needed.

If you already know you want to be a summer staff after high school

LIT is for you!

Designed for students entering 10th-12th grade, this intentional service discipleship program is a valuable step between camper and summer staff. Work alongside the summer staff in a variety or roles while participating in regular Bible study and discussion around servant leadership principles. The week of training along with the hands on experience will help develop leadership skills in the areas of communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, and discipleship.

New this year...

There are now more options for high schoolers to get involved as LITs. Choose the same 7-week program as we offered last year, or a shorter stint with a week of training followed by one of two 3-week sessions, either July 7th-28th or July 29th-August 23rd (with August 11th-17th off).


$175 training week plus either of the 3-week sessions

$300 for the full 7-week program*

What to Expect


  • A week of training to prepare for your summer of serving at Camp Indianola
  • Experience personal, spiritual, and leadership growth
  • Spend three or six weeks after training serving in a camp setting
  • Be directly discipled by summer staff
  • Be fed and housed for the duration of each week of service
  • One hour of personal time each day and one day each week to go home, rest, and do laundry

*Full summer LITs may miss one week (except for the first week) during the summer or may choose to be campers at high school camp for a week. Successful LIT candidates will be available to serve at least seven of the eight weeks from July 1st to August 23rd.



Are LITs summer staff or campers?

Both. LITs are technically campers as they are minors and have all the rights of a camper. However, since we often treat our LITs as part of the staff team and they are occasionally placed in a leadership role with other campers, they have all the responsibilities of a staff member.

What is the difference between LIT Training week and High School Camp?

The main difference between LIT and High School Camp is that LITs are required to apply like our summer staff and are then interviewed and possibly accepted into the program. It is not an open enrollment program like High School Camp. The other significant difference is that LIT training Week is not a stand-alone week of camp, but rather the first, intentional step in the multi-week commitment of the LIT program.

What if I want to be a camper at High School camp or go on a family vacation?

Each LIT is able to take a week off from being an LIT. It can be spent being a high school camper (you would need to register and pay separately for high school camp) or with your family for your family vacation

What if I decide to be an LIT during High School week?

If you are an LIT, you'll be asked to perform the same responsibilities during High School Camp as any other week, which may (but likely will not) include time with High School Camp. If this is going to be a challenge for you, we recommend planning on taking that week off and attending camp as a camper.

Can I stay at camp on my day off?

We're glad you like camp so much, but no. Since the staff who usually supervise LITs are also off during this time, there will not be enough adult supervision and since LITs are technically campers, they cannot be here alone.

Where will LITs stay at camp?

It depends on the week and the LIT's assignment. Be prepared to move around on a weekly basis like the cabin leaders do.

If I'm an LIT this year am I guaranteed a spot on summer staff after high school?

No, but it will certainly help your chances. LITs learn the basics of being a great leader in any environment, so those skills will certainly translate should you choose to apply for summer staff when you graduate.

What if I have other questions before I apply?

You can email our Program Director, Steph Brady at program@campindianola.org.

Parent Information Sheet

Sent to successful applicants