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Leaders In Training

Teens at camp get the amazing opportunity to spend two weeks at camp learning new skills. This is done through a unique multi-tiered program. This program is designed to provide the teens of our area the opportunity to develop their leadership skills while also helping them build hands on job skills.

Our LIT program mission is to empower young adults with the confidence, competence and compassion needed to thrive as future leaders.

The program is a structured and immersive experience designed for teenage students who aspire to become camp counselors or have a desire to become more effective leaders. Our program provides participants with a blend of hands-on training, mentorship, and leadership development.

During the program, LITs engage in various activities and workshops focused on building essential skills such as communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, and decision-making. They shadow experienced counselors, assisting them with supervising campers, leading games and activities, and facilitating group discussions. Through this apprenticeship model, LITs gain firsthand experience in working with children and managing group dynamics under the guidance of seasoned mentors.

In addition to practical skills, LITs will receive training in child development, safety protocols, and emergency procedures to ensure they can effectively support campers and maintain a safe environment. By participating in our program, LITs will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences, set goals for personal growth, and receive feedback from both peers and mentors.

2024 Camp Sessions

Camp Marrowbone dates for summer 2024 are as follows:

  • Session 1: June 23rd - July 3rd

  • Session 2: July 7th - July 19th

  • Session 3: July 21st - July 27th

  • Family Camp 1: July 28th - August 3rd

  • Family Camp 2: August 4th - August 10th


Want to learn more about our Leadership Development Program for 9-12 grade? Click here to contact our Director of Camping, Nick. It is $500 for a two week session. 

Click the button below to fill out your 2024 Application! 


Age: 13-14

Week 1: LIT-1s will spend the mornings learning a hands-on job skill (i.e. mechanics, culinary, maintenance, painting, grounds keeping). In the afternoon they will spend time planning for the following activities they want to lead the following week with campers. 

Weekend: During the weekend the LIT-1s will have the opportunity to visit a National Park.

Week 2: LIT-1s will spend the week working leading activities with campers, as well as be role models for the new and younger campers.


Age: 15-16

Week 1: LIT-2s will spend the the week working with staff to help around camp. They will also spend part of each day learning a hands-on life skills (i.e.  culinary, maintenance, painting, grounds keeping).

Week 2: LIT-2s will spend the week on an off camp trip. These trips include:


*LIT-2s will also have the opportunity to become Red Cross Lifeguard Trained

Junior Camp Leaders (JCL)

Age: 16-17


JCLs are teens that have advanced through the tiers and have shown to be good leaders as well as role models for the younger campers. These individuals have the opportunity to work along side the staff to help Camp Marrowbone be the safe and fun place they know and love. 

*JCLs is paid position for the teens who qualify.



Contact our Director of Camping: Nick Nathanson


Y Phone: 605.365.5232

Camp Phone: 605.733.2652

Mailing Address:

PO BOX 218

Dupree, SD 57623

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