Unicorn Justice League
From camper to mentor.
The Unicorn Justice League (UJL) is our version of a counselor-in-training program. Older, returning camper who exhibit a high level of leadership ability, maturity, and passion for the Brave Trails mission will be invited to apply & interview for the program.
The UJL experience is designed to give future staff members the tools they need to acheive personal and professional growth as they transition in to adulthood. We aim to challenge, as well as nurutre our UJLs with our intionally designed hands-on leadership training and curriculum. UJLs will work hard, learn about themselves and others, and have the time of their life!
UJL’s are still considered campers. They will be supported and supervised by Brave Trails staff members who will work one-on-one with each UJL to identify their growing edges and help them achieve personal goals.
What are the requirements for the UJL program?
Before considering if the UJL program is right for you, here are the requirements to apply for the program:
- Receive a formal invitation to apply for the program from a Brave Trails director.
- Aspire to one day be a staff member at Brave Trails.
- Attended Camp Brave Trails for at least one year prior to applying.
- Be between the ages of 17-19 years old.
- Displayed a high level of maturity, kindness, coachability, and leadership ability.
- Camper is known to have a positive and cooperative attitude when interacting with peers and staff.
- Undergo the full UJL application and interview process.
Something to keep in mind is that the UJL program is a job training opportunity, NOT a continuation of being a general campers. This program comes with a lot of hard word and responsibility. Your days will look very differnt then they did as a general camper. The campers we invite are nominated by at least two staff members based on the camper’s camp experaince, behavior, and potential to be a future staff member.
What do UJLs do at camp?
The UJL program is full of hands-on, experiential training opportunities to get campers ready for the transition to (hopefully) becoming a future staff member. Campers who are a part of the program get to:
- Undergo daily leadership training and one-on-one coaching from our staff.
- Shadow cabin counselors & support staff.
- Plan and lead leadership workshops for general campers.
- Lead fun activites for entire camp!
- Assist staff members with tasks around camp.
- and SO MUCH MORE!
How can I prepare to be a future UJL right now, as a younger camper?
First off, you’re on the right track if you’re already thinking about this questions!
We often tell younger campers that the real UJL program interview is your years at camp and how you conducted yourself durring this time. How you treat fellow campers and staff, how you treat yourself, how you overcome challenges, how you grow and take feedback while at camp. These thing matter far above any interview or application when selecting our UJLs. We’re not looking for perfect, we’re looking for kindness, passion, maturity, and coachability.
Here are some other things you can do to start preparing now:
- Know your intention for wanting to join the program. If you just want to be able to keep attending camp, this program is probobly not for you. If you have a disire to mentor LGBTQ+ youth and become a staff member one day, the UJL program may be a good fit for you!
- Tell your counselors. It helps to tell your counselors that your interested in the UJL program so they can coach you on how to acheive your goal. If they don’t know, they may forget to nominate you.
- Ask for feedback. As a young, developing leader, it’s imporants to continue learning and reflecting on how you can show up as your best self. Asking staff for feedback shows that you are open to growing… that the attiude we want to see!
- Ask how you can help. At camp or volunteering year round, helpers stand out to staff members and help us get to know you better.
- Take the “How to be a UJL” workshop at camp. We keep a list of who attended this program and keep an eye out for these camper.
- Seek out leadership growth opportunities outside of camp. If you can, it helps to continue working on your leadership skills outside of camp. Some examples are: volunteer in your community, join a school club or activity, join a mentorship program, or read a book about leadership from the library.
- Be yourself! There is no one way to be a UJL. There is no one path to the program. We want campers with diverse background and different types of leadership styles in the program. Most importantly, we want you to want to grow as a leader for YOURSELF, not for us. Keep working hard and discovering your unique gifts. Take time to reflect on what you feel your gifts are, what you hope to work on, and who inspires you as leaders.
These are the types of things that make campers stand out to staff as potential nomenees for the program.
Who nominates camper for the UJL program?
Brave Trails staff members nominate campers to be UJLs after each camp session. At the end of the summer, the UJL staff and directors will come together to reveiw each nomination and decide who will be formally invited to apply for the program. Our goal is choose UJLs with diverse background and leadership styles. There is one path to the program or any one way to be a UJL. Each path and person is unique.
Do all UJL graduates automatically get hired at staff?
The short answer is no.
Campers who complete two years of the UJL program get the opportunity to apply as staff before they are 21 years old. That said, we make it clear that this does NOT guarantee them a job at camp. UJL graduates will have to undergo the same interview, application, and background check process as any other potential staff member. They will held to the same rigorous standards for being hired as every other camp staff. Being a staff member is as difficult and demanding, as it is rewarding. Only UJL graduates who we feel are ready for the commitment will be hired for positions at camp.