Durham Leadership Training

Schoolhouse of Wonder offers 13-17 year olds meaningful opportunities to discover their own leadership style and practice needed skills in the caring and respectful environment of our award-winning outdoor day camps.

Some children come into the world primed to become artists, computer whizzes, or athletes. But these intrinsic qualities are only a small part of the story. Achievement often requires countless hours of practice to build the skills necessary to succeed.

Leadership is no different. Even “born leaders” require years of observing, learning, and practicing skills and qualities such as positive attitude, integrity, confidence, humility, empathy, communication, cooperation, teamwork, and the willingness to try new things.

Counselors in Training (Summer Camp)

We are passionate about helping young people become their best selves. The Counselor in Training (CIT) program is one way we continue to nurture kind, curious, and confident teenagers.

Throughout each camp week, CITs have structured and unstructured opportunities to observe and learn from our skilled and dedicated camp staff as they support younger campers to explore, play, and discover the wonders of nature. Whether serving for a single camp week, a month, or something in between, each CIT will create a plan for personal development, receive real-time performance feedback anchored in the Schoolhouse core values, and participate in a weekly coaching session to assess their individual progress and opportunities for improvement.

We understand that each CIT comes to this experience with their own strengths, weaknesses, and life experiences. Our staff are committed to meet each CIT where they are and to work together to develop essential attitudes, knowledge, and skills.

Specifically, we aim to increase:

  • self-confidence
  • leadership capacity
  • demonstration of accountability
  • capacity to enter the workforce


  • Age: 13-17 years old (must be 13 by August 31, 2018)
  • Cost: $179/week (CITs are eligible for multi-camp discounts, but not sibling discounts)
  • Participants in the CIT program are also eligible for scholarships. Scholarship information can be found here.

Information on the 2018 CIT season and application process will be posted mid-January. Below are the 2017 dates for reference.

  • To apply: Download, complete, and return the CIT application by March 20, 2017.
  • Assignments: We will announce CIT assignments by April 28, 2017.
  • Payment: Registration and payment are due by May 12, 2017.

Acceptance into the CIT program is contingent on the participant’s ability to attend required training on May 21, 2017. 

Counselors in Training (Intersession and School Break Camps)

For Counselors in Training who have time available during intersession breaks or Discovery Day dates, we offer a less structured leadership training opportunity. Current CITs may volunteer to take part in our seasonal camps without a formal evaluation. They will still receive verbal feedback and personalized goal setting assistance.


  • Age: 13-17 years old
  • Must have previous CIT experience at Schoolhouse
  • Cost: None
  • To apply: Call 919-477-2116 or email schoolhouse@schoolhouseofwonder.org to discuss dates
  • Assignments: We will discuss assignments on a case-by-case basis

Junior Counselors (Summer Camp)

Applications for 2018 Junior Counselors will open December 13, 2018.

Once again, we’re thrilled to offer employment opportunities for Junior Counselors in each summer camp session. Young leaders who have participated in our Counselor in Training (CIT) program are integral partners in pursuing this mission.  In 2013, we created the Junior Counselor program – paid summer camp positions for former CITs – and it has been a great success. 

Candidates are encouraged to apply for either summer session depending on their interest and availability.  Junior Counselors are limited to working only one session during the summer season and will be expected to work the entirety of that session.  Junior Counselors must be at least 16 years old by the beginning of the preferred session.  

The dates below are from 2017 and are only included for general reference.

Important 2017 Dates:

Session 1: June 12 – July 21, 2017
Session 2: July 24 – August 25, 2017

Mandatory Staff Training will be held the evening of May 15th and full days on May 20th and 21st, 2017.


Have some questions? Read over our Frequently Asked Questions for our Leadership Training Program. If you still have questions, please feel free to call our office at 919-477-2116 or email us at schoolhouse@schoolhouseofwonder.org.

Durham programs are located at West Point on the Eno and are made possible through our partnership with Durham Parks & Rec.