"After spending my childhood summers as a camper at Camp-A-Palooza, I was so eager and excited to start my summers as an LIT at Camp-A-Palooza! I had looked up to the LITs for as long as I could remember, and once I finally got the chance to be one, it turned out to be some of my favorite and most memorable summers; they are the times I still treasure and miss to this day. Getting to spend an entire summer with my fellow LITs, who grew to be my best friends, was such a blessing and opportunity, and I still share friendship with many of them, almost five years later. From playing with the campers and interacting with counselors to just chatting with other LITs, I learned so much about being a role model, a watchful guardian, and a playful friend to the campers. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, my leadership style developed, I gained confidence in myself, and I learned how to work with others, thanks to the mentoring I received from the counselors and the opportunities I was afforded. The LIT experience is unique in that it allows for personal growth, yet is incorporated in a way that is dynamic, fun, and exciting as a young teenager.
Beyond my summers as an LIT, I found that the life skills I gained and refined transferred into many other aspects of my life, but it also set me up for my future at Camp-A-Palooza. I eventually because a CIT, and I am now in my third year as a counselor at camp. At this point, I have been involved with Camp-A-Palooza for almost ten years. I can say honestly that the day I am dreading most is when it is time to say my final goodbye to camp, because of the unique, indescribable place it is. I am so grateful for my time at Camp-A-Palooza, and my time as an LIT is no exception!