Wake Leadership Training

In our Wake Leadership Training program, we believe that the best way to learn how to be a good leader is to be one. To do to it well and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. To sometimes do it not so well and learn from those mistakes. That’s why we’ve built our leadership training program that’s heavy on hands-on experience, coaching, and encouragement.

Some children come in to 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.

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.

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, 2017)
    • 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. 

    Download our 2017 CIT Application.

Counselors in Training (Track Out Camps)

For Counselors in Training who have time available over their Track Out 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)

The application deadline for the 2017 summer season has passed. 

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 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.


Still have a few questions? Read through our Leadership Training Frequently Asked Questions, maybe you’ll find your answer! If not, feel free to give us a call at 919-477-2116 or email us at schoolhouse@schoolhouseofwonder.org.

Wake programs located at Umstead State Park are made possible through our partnership with North Carolina State Parks and programs at Harris Lake County Park are made possible through our partnership with Wake County Parks & Rec.