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About Campers in Leadership Training

Campers In Leadership Training (CILTs) participate in leadership lessons focused on working with youth and learning general job skills. The program concentrates on building the participant’s communication skills within both large and small groups, professionalism, critical thinking, problem-solving, confidence, discipline, and initiative. From activities such as lesson planning to mock interviews, the campers develop the necessary skills to become a part of the future Blue camp staff or obtain employment elsewhere. A typical day for a CILT begins with a skill-based workshop, where they practically apply skills in a camp setting, as well as other activities throughout the day. CILTs develop their leadership skills while working with participants at our Blue Camp or Explorer Camp. CILTs always work with campers that are at least two years younger than they are. CILTs in this program learn how to be flexible and take initiative in a bigger system. CILTs are considered campers in a leadership training role, and therefore pay a fee, depending upon the program and session. Participants receive an evaluation of their workplace strengths and skills, coaching on how to maximize those strengths, as well as a UC Berkeley Leadership Certificate upon completion of the program.  

The CILT program is for those youth that has completed 8th -10th grade. CILT’s are considered to be campers. They have parents handle the sign-up process, while CILTs get training and supervision during the two weeks they are at camp. While many CILTs stay for more than one session, the CILT program does not require two or more sessions like the CIT/JC program does. The CIT/JC program, for those who completed 9th-12th grade, is for those teens who are a little more mature and have two or more sessions to commit to camp. CITs and JCs are considered staff members. In the staff application process, it is the applicant who manages his or her own application, communicates with their potential supervisor, and schedules their own interview. When a parent needs to communicate on behalf of their child, it is a signal to us that they are not quite ready to be a staff member. The training for the CIT/JC program takes place in early June. This is a job and we are teaching them work skills while they are learning to be a camp counselor.  

Ages & Eligibility

Must be aged 13 – 14 (by June 1, 2022)

2022 Campers in Leadership Training Sessions

 Session Ages Price Dates Registration Link
Session I 13 – 14  $385 6/6/22 – 6/17/22 Register
Session II 13 – 14  $350 6/21/22 – 7/1/22 Register
Session III 13 – 14  $350 7/5/22 – 7/15/22 Register
Session IV 13 – 14  $385 7/18/22 – 7/29/22 Register
Session V 13 – 14  $385 8/1/22 – 8/12/22 Register


Questions? Contact:

Dave Leimsieder – Director, Youth Programs
510-701-4288 |

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