Dart-Lo Youth Leadership

Camp activities may include swimming, outdoor skills, archery, singing, games, arts and crafts, nature, magic, story telling, hiking, cookouts and more. Program varies with each age group.

CAMP HOURS
8:30am-4:30pm, Monday through Friday, July 6-August 14.

Program Aides in Learning (PALs)  Grades 6 – 9

This is a 2-week training program in outdoor play and guiding younger campers, service-learning, and teambuidling to strengthen communication, self-confidence and leadership skills is in addition to enjoying traditional camp activities.

Fee: $225  

PAL A               July 6-10 AND July 13-17
PAL B               July 20-24 AND July 27-July 31

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Counselor Assistants (CAs) & Camp Buddies  Grades 8 – 12

Teens in at least 10th grade, or at Graduate PALs in at least 8th grade, may register to volunteer as a Counselor’s Assistant or a Buddy. Counselor Assistants are volunteer teens who assist Camp Dart-Lo staff in working with campers in a variety of ways such as: teaching camp activities, befriending campers, and enforcing camp rules.  Some teens may also assist children with special needs as buddies by providing individualized attention and support.

Fee: $10 per week helps cover training materials, forms, food, program supplies, and occupancy expenses.  Thank you for supporting Camp Dart-Lo. Financial Assistance is available if this fee creates a hardship.

PERKS
Collect a reference letter and volunteer service hours. Do something fun and worthwhile this summer. Build leadership skills and gain experience working with children. Meet other teens with similar interests.

FREE TRANSPORTATION
Ride the bus from one of four stops around Spokane. See camp brochure for routes.

HELP IN OTHER WAYS
Assist at various spring events, camp clean up projects and the “Under the Stars” campout. Share information with your friends about CA, and other Dart-Lo teen programs, Goonies and PALs for grades 6-8.

STAFF TRAINING
Participate in the specific CA training on June 30 to learn about expectations, job functions, evaluations, and program components.  You are encouraged to attend other days of staff training (June 29 and July 1) to learn about health care, policies, behavior management, outdoor skills, planning etc.

ONE REQUIRED REFERENCE 
Choose a teacher, employer, clergy, etc.  (not family or friends) to give insight on your skills and qualifications.  Refer this person to follow the link to the online form or the printed version.

PLACEMENT INTERVIEWS
Teens selected for placement interviews will participate in two hours of team building activities and pull away for an individual interview with a staff panel to determine summer placement. Please indicate either  May 19, 4-6pm OR June 7, 2-4pm when completing your application.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
1. Complete the online Teen Leadership Application. Applications will be considered incomplete until reference, transcript, and copies of relevant certifications arrive.

The online application does not allow you to save changes or to complete the application later.  We strongly recommend that you review the required Supplemental Essay Questions prior to completing the application so that you may give complete and thoughtful answers.

2. Completed application will be screened and scored based on previous experience, responses to essay questions, reference and certifications held, in accordance with Camp Fire and ACA standards. You may then be contacted to participate in the placement interview.

3. Attend the new, year-round Thrive Initiative training sessions offered for any and all people interested in working with youth. See Camp Dart-Lo Facebook Page for details.  Register here for Year ‘Round Training.

4. Placement is based on application score, interview score, participation in Thrive Initiative training and staff training and our session needs. Confirmation materials include a job description, additional information about staff training, spring volunteer opportunities, etc.

Quick Links
  • Teen Leadership Application
  • CA and Camper Buddy Application Essay Questions
  • Online Reference Form
  • Print version of Youth Reference Form
  • RSVP Link to Year ‘Round Training
  • Link to Camp Dart-Lo’s Facebook Page