Leadership One, ages 14-15

campers rest and take in the view from the top of a mountain Leadership 1 (L1)  introduces teens to the world of outdoor recreation and the fundamentals of leadership. The course focuses on increasing knowledge of the outdoors, building communication skills and teamwork, and improving trust and group dynamics. It also fosters lasting friendships and allows teens to practice leadership amongst both their peers and younger campers.

What the experience is like

The L1 experience begins with a number of challenging hands-on activities to strengthen the group, encourage problem-solving and conflict resolution, and help L1s to understand the concepts of leadership. Adventures are built around exploring the Ducktrap watershed while learning to practice low-impact camping, study nature, and build lasting memories and friendships. Campers build comfortability on the water by experiencing both freshwater and ocean canoeing. Skill building starts off with basic paddle strokes and T-Rescues before learning how to travel and paddle efficiently and confidently while paddling between Pitcher and Knights Ponds.

A weekend camping trip at our seashore site in Northport at Myra’s Beach provides opportunities for quiet reflection, meal preparation, marine exploration, testing skills learned, and teen time.

campers participate in a team building exerciseUpon returning to camp, L1s are able to make their mark on Tanglewood through a service project focused on camp improvement. In the past participants have created trellises for Tanglewood’s garden, helped eradicate invasive species along the watershed with Coastal Mountain Land Trust, and worked on countless improvements to Tanglewood’s, or the wider Camden Hills State Park, grounds. Additionally, campers gain hands-on experience helping out with activities in Tanglewood’s Day Camp with guidance from day camp staff.

Graduates of the L1 program receive a certificate of achievement, as well as lifelong skills and community service hours. Whether you have been coming to Tanglewood for years, or as your first visit to our woods, L1 is a fantastic introduction to the world of leadership.

Leadership 1 is a 2-week-long program.

Ages: 14-15                   Cost: $1400.00               FAQs and Packing Lists

Program Dates: Note all sessions end on the second Thursday with closing ceremonies at 3:00 PM

Weeks 3-4: July 9-20, 2023

Weeks 7-8: August 6-17, 2023