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Mentor in Training Leadership Program

at Farm & Forest Summer Camp

Plant a seed! Watch it grow! Apply to be an MiT!

Our Nature Mentor in Training (MiT) Program helps equip students (ages 14-16) to be better leaders and gives them a chance to be immersed in an outdoor agricultural and natural environment with their peers, learn about local ecology, agricultural science and leadership in a hands-on and student-led environment.

MiTs will participate in leadership workshops, team building group challenges, plan activities, and participate in and learn to lead camp program activities with younger campers. MiTs are older campers at our Farm & Forest Summer Camp who work in collaboration with their MiT Mentor and the rest of their group to learn nature connection and agricultural skills, leadership techniques, nature-connection games, and crafts.


MITs are committed to their own personal growth and to offering their gifts, skills and talents by leading activities in their peer group as well as in an assigned younger group of campers for part of the day. MiTs are supported throughout the day with regular feedback.

Program location: Farm & Forest Summer Camp, Fire Ring Farm, Portland 

Dates: Week 1 - MiT Training Camp: June 24th - June 28

Week 2: Optional volunteering week: July 1 - July 5 (get 30 volunteering or 60 SAE hours)

Program time: 9:00am - 3:00pm 

Who is this program for: This program is open by application only to all area high-school students ages 14-16. A limited number of students from Middletown High School Agricultural Sciences Department may attend at no cost thanks to a grant from the Rockfall Foundation.

We will be limiting this program to 10 participants! Apply early!

Program fee: $200 (Financial aid available. Limited number of fee waivers available for MHS AgSci students.)

How to apply: Complete the application form here or below.


- MiTs must be 14 years or older by the start of camp.
- MiT candidates with previous experience working with children (babysitting, older sibling to young children, youth program or other leadership experience etc.) will receive preference.

Being a MiT at our Farm & Forest Camp requires responsibility, patience, being a team player, practicing good self care, being helpful in nature-based programs and readiness for a program focused on the campers.
- MiTs with willingness and experience spending time outdoors in all types of summer weather (heat, humidity, cold, rain) will re
ceive preference.

- After the 1-week MiT training session, students will be given the option of applying to continue on at Farm and Forest Camp as a volunteer helper at no charge for 1 or more additional weeks. A certificate of community service hours will be issued for this volunteer time. 

How to apply: Complete the following Application Form

We are looking forward to you joining us as a Mentors in Training this summer!

Questions? Contact us!

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