Elite Teen Program

The ELITE teen program at Holiday Home Camp is a leadership program which creates the opportunity for teens to develop as young leaders and learn positive skills before entering their college years. ELITE stands for ‘Exceptional Leaders In Training Everyday’. The intention of the program is for ELITE teens to learn necessary skills which will qualify them to become a leaders in their communities, families and schools, as well as qualify them to one day become a counselor at Holiday Home Camp. We help teens discover their strengths and enhance their leadership skills through training and activities. The goal for each ELITE is to develop themselves both personally and professionally. The ELITE Program is a year round commitment which meets for two separate weeks each summer and various weekends throughout the school year.

During the summer, ELITEs have a session of summer camp solely dedicated to them.  During this week, the teens spend their time learning how to be a junior counselor at Holiday Home Camp. We teach our camp program, how to facilitate camp activities, how to help with camper issues and more.

After each teen has successfully completed the training week, they are invited back to a second session of camp to put their training into use and show off their new leadership skills!  Each teen is assigned a cabin and remain with them throughout the week. ELITE Teens have the opportunity to create bonds with the campers and make lasting impressions on them.

ELITEs meet at camp on various weekends throughout the school year. Each event has a different theme that encourages personal or professional development. Themes have included team building, job preparation, career talks, volunteering, conflict resolution, college visits, communication & decision making, and many more. Our goal is to provide the teens with positive educational and recreational experiences. Through our year round programming, we aim to bring out the limitless potential in our teens by fostering their desire to receive a good education, the importance of giving back and lastly, instilling our values of respect, responsibility and relationships in everything they do.

Each teen starts the ELITE program the summer before their freshman year of High School. The year round program is entirely free of cost to all teens. The only fees that families are responsible for are transportation fees to and from the events. The ELITE Program is a four-year, year-round commitment for all teens. Teens are required to attend the ELITE Training Week, a volunteer session and all monthly events every year until they graduate high school.  All information regarding event dates and details are sent via email to current ELITES.

ELITE Teens are allowed to use their hours volunteered at HHC for community service requirements for school. It is the responsibility of the teen to connect with the camp director regarding verification of these hours. ELITE teens in our program are also eligible to apply for our very own higher education scholarship fund! The Wakely/Klapproth fund is made possible with contributions from Alumni and donors that want to help our ELITE Teens realize their aspirations for continuing education.