Nestled near Lake Keesus in Hartland, Wisconsin is Camp Whitcomb/Mason. This nearly 300 acre Camp has been owned and operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee since 1911. Primarily serving youth ages 7-14, Camp offers young people from the Greater Milwaukee area the chance to experience nature, tackle new challenges, and grow confidence through single day and overnight programming.
Camp Whitcomb/Mason also fosters leadership and career development with older teens through the Leaders in Training (LIT) program. During this two week immersion experience, LIT’s gain exposure to the business of Camp by shadowing different Camp staff and working in a hands-on fashion with the campers, while also enhancing other skills such as confidence, team building and problem solving. Often, the LIT participants return to Camp in future summers to work as lifeguards, Camp counselors or program coordinators.
Jamya “Chef B” Jones has been the LIT program supervisor for two years, and loves offering this experience to campers. “Everyone has their own story. We teach the LITs how to show empathy to campers and staff members, so that everyone can feel loved, safe, and supported while on the camp grounds,” she says. “In addition to teaching social and emotional skills, we help teach key career development skills to prepare the LITs for future jobs.”
Part of being A Club for Every Kid is offering youth the chance to learn and grow in a meaningful way. The Leaders in Training leave Camp Whitcomb/Mason with key skills to take back into their communities in Milwaukee that can help improve the environment and social fabric around them. We invite you to check out the photo gallery below to get a glimpse at life at Camp Whitcomb/Mason and see some of our LITs in action!