Leadership Training

Update 5/29/2020: Although in-person programming remains canceled through August 21, we are thrilled to announce a new program for teens: the Gray Squirrel Society, a teen-centered, online community to develop leadership and life skills.


Update 4/20/20: Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our camp family and community. Due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the very difficult decision to cancel summer camp through August 21, 2020. We will be in touch with families regarding next steps.


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)

The application period for 2020 Counselors-in-Training has closed.


  • Age: 13-17 years old (must be 13 by August 31, 2020)
  • Cost: $199/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.

Acceptance into the CIT program is contingent on the participant’s ability to attend required training on May 17, 2020. 

The application period for 2020 Counselors in Training has closed.

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

Ready to apply? Click here.

Junior Counselors (Summer Camp)

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.  

Important 2020 Dates:

Session 1: June 15 – July 17, 2020
Session 2: July 20 – August 21, 2020

Acceptance into the Junior Counselor program is contingent on the participant’s ability to attend required training on May 16th and 17th, 2020. 

The application for 2020 Junior Counselor positions is now closed.


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.