ALA

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

About ALA

About the program
The Advanced Leadership Academy develops life applicable leadership skills in participants ages 13-16. Through our Service, Adventure, Leadership, and Technical (SALT) model, young leaders will establish attributes that will help them advance as leaders not only at camp, but within their schools and communities.

There are 3 programs:

Navigators
Ages 13-14

Advanced Leadership Camper (ALC)
Ages 14-15

Leader In Training (LIT)
Ages 15-16

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Annual ALA Conference

About the event
The ALA Conference is an opportunity to bring together all ALA members, parents and staff at one leadership event, celebrate our previous summer accomplishments of our ALAs and encourage future generations of YMCA Camp High Harbour, congratulate our graduating class of LITs, welcome our new class of ALAs, and reunite with camp friends and staff!

Event details
2018 ALA Conference Coming Soon

Navigators (13-14)

NAVIGATORS must be at least 13-14 years old and currently in 7th or 8th grade.

About the program
This program is for the young person who wants to try out the leadership program, but still experience everything camp has to offer to a camper. All 13-14 year olds will experience a unique Adventure Day, spend lots of time on the water, and practice servant leadership training each day. After a week in this new and exciting program, participants will be fully prepared to face the challenge of the rest of the ALA program!

Course description
This one week experience will be focused on the mission of Camp High Harbour, “To teach the character and person of Jesus Christ.” The Navigators Program will allow campers to experience all of the exciting things that camp has to offer to an older camper- watersports, adventure, and ropes course. At the same time, Navigator campers will become equipped with the basic leadership skills needed to succeed in the next programs in the Advanced Leadership Academy- teamwork, servant leadership, and presentation skills. Each day will have a special feature and Camp High Harbour is excited to offer this one-week leadership program! No Interview is required for this program.

Course features

Service
Local service projects, In-camp service projects, Teaching Activities

Adventure
Zip-lining, Ropes Course, Watersports

Leadership
Morning Devotion, Daily Leadership Class, Evening Devotion, Teambuilding

Technical Training
Interview Skills, Small Group Training, Mentoring, Hands on Training


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Advanced Leadership Campers (14-15)

ALCs must be at least 14 years old and currently in 8th grade.

About ALC program
This program is for the young person who is ready to take that first step in leadership. All 14-15 year olds will be exposed to two weeks of hands-on, highly interactive leadership training. Your future leader will learn everything from personal presentation skills, peer leadership, and leading small groups. YMCA Camp High Harbour Services’ Advanced Leadership Camp will begin your child’s life journey in the lead!

Course description
This two-week experience will be focused around the Advanced Leadership Academy’s mission, “To teach the person and character of Jesus Christ.” This servant leadership program has served elderly in assisted living, animals through the Humane Society, the environment, and young day campers through High Harbour's Day Camp. Teenagers who are in the Advanced Leadership Camp have directly affected thousands of people through their love and efforts in a positive way. Not only do the ALCs help others, but they also grow as well. Do not miss this incredible opportunity as it will change your life!

Course features
Service
Assisted Living, Humane Society, U.S. Forest Service, Day Camp, Thrift stores, Local Churches

Adventure
Campout, Whitewater Rafting, Challenge Ropes Course, Camp Skills

Leadership
Morning Devotion, Daily Leadership Classes, Evening Devotion, Teamwork

Technical Training
Learn Basic Ropes, Small Group Training, Hands On Training, Email Etiquette, Resume Building

Program requirements
Interview for your summer ALA position during a fall retreat weekend, work through the ALA manual, and attend one spring retreat weekend.


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Leaders in Training (15-16)

LITs must be at least 15 years old and currently in 9th grade.

About LIT progam
This program is designed for the young person who is ready to take the next giant leap in leadership. All 15-17 year olds will be actively using their servant leadership skills. The young leader will have hands-on experience as a leader by serving campers every moment of the day through encouragement, a positive attitude and even washing their dishes. The LIT program is often referred to as the “backbone” of YMCA Camp High Harbour. They are the first to wake in the morning, the last to go to bed at night and they lead activities all day long. YMCA Camp High Harbour and the Leader-In-Training (LIT) program will help to fine tune and grow your child’s leadership abilities.

Course description
This three week experience will be focused on the mission of Camp High Harbour, “To teach the character and person of Jesus Christ.” The intensive LIT Program is vital as we reach out and serve 5000+ campers every summer. As the teens serve others through love, they grow in the YMCA’s character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Servant leadership is also about having fun and creating friendships! LITs will bond over campfires, gain confidence on the ropes course, have nights out with their peers in town and raft the waves on the Ocoee. Do not miss out on this incredible opportunity as it will bring you to a whole new level of servanthood.

Course features
Service
Mentor to Campers, Camp Duties, Behind the Scenes Work, Service Projects

Adventure
Campout, Whitewater Rafting, Nights Out, Ropes Course Challenge

Leadership
Morning Devotion, Daily Leadership Class, Teaching Skills, Presentation Skills, Teamwork, Communication Skills

technical Training
On Site Skill Training, Presentation Skills, Resume Building, Email Etiquette

Program requirements
Interview for your summer ALA position during a Fall retreat, attend the ALA Conference in January, work through the ALA Manual, attend at least one spring retreat weekend, and serve and have fun for three weeks during the summer!


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ALA Retreats

ALA 2017 Fall Retreat Dates
October 7-8, 2017
October 21-22, 2017
November 11-12, 2017

Why should you go to an ALA Retreat?

To interview for your place as a Leader in Training (LIT), or Advanced Leadership Camp(ALC).

To start building your Service, Adventure, Leadership, and Technical training skills.

To have fun and fellowship with friends while learning how to be the "SALT of the Earth."

Spend time at camp and participate in character building service projects.

Sing, dance, play, and learn with your fellow ALA members and your favorite staff from the summer.

Things to bring:

Written letter stating why you want to be a part of the ALA program.

Two reference letters, from coaches, teachers, youth leaders,...etc.

Download Letter of Recommendation Form

Parents letter stating why they want their child to be in the YMCA ALA

Arrival and Departure Times

Bus Drop-off at (Exit 101 off I-85) Greater Atlanta Christian School, Saturday, 9:15 a.m. Please use the Oakbrook Pkwy entrance.

Bus Pickup at Greater Atlanta Christian School, Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

Car Meet us at Lake Burton, Saturday, 11:15 a.m.

Car Depart from Lake Burton, Sunday, 11:00 a.m.

Weekend Fee: $65

Transportation: $35 (Non-Refundable if cancelled less then one week prior to retreat)

2016 ALA members have already paid the fall retreat fees

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