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Gold Leaders Program (CILT)

Campers in Leadership Training (CILTs) participate in leadership lessons focused on working with youth and learning general job skills.

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About The Program

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 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 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.

Gold Leaders Program (CILT) – Explorer Camp

Campers develop their leadership skills while working with participants at our Explorer Camp. Explorer Camp is located at Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area and is home to the camp for 4-6-year-olds. CILTs at this site work with younger children in a slower-paced environment. Explorer Camp uses smaller ratios in order to meet the supervision needs of the youngest campers, therefore CILTs are able to get to know more of the campers and staff team.

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be ages 14-16 (by December 1, 2020) in order to register for this camp.
Price: $350

Location: Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area

Gold Leaders Program (CILT) – Blue Camp

Campers develop their leadership skills while working with participants at our Blue Camp. Blue Camp is located at Golden Bear Recreation Center and is home to the camps for 7-13-year-olds. CILTs always work with campers that are at least two years younger than they are. Blue Camp is larger in size and space, it is active and fast-paced. CILTs in this program learn how to be flexible and take initiative in a bigger system.

Ages & Eligibility

Campers must be ages 14-16 (by December 1, 2020) in order to register for this camp.
Price: $350

Location: Golden Bear Recreation Center

Camp Details

The CILT program, for those who have completed 8-10th grade, is for those just starting out with a leadership type experience. They are considered to be campers, they have parents handle the sign-up process, and 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.

We do have students to apply to the CIT or JC program (it is the same application) but who are better suited for CILT. We then make that recommendation and get them signed up for CILT.

CILTs learn leadership skills that they can take with them in high school and college. They also learn how to work with children in a day camp setting. Campers in Leadership Training (CILTs) meet at the beginning of the day and the end of the day and complete training modules and activities that teach leadership skills as they apply to working in a camp setting. At these meetings, CILTs also discuss strategies for working with younger children. The rest of the day the CILT is assigned to instructors and group leaders to assist with campers at Explorer Camp (ages 4-6), or Blue Camp (ages 7-13). This gives them the opportunity to practice their new skills. CILTs are also introduced to the job application process and given the chance not only to practice interview skills, but also to learn about their strengths and how they can be communicated in an interview setting.

This program is for young people who are highly motivated, ready to work and play hard, and who demonstrate additional responsibility in accepting the challenges of leadership. While the CILT day is typically 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., CILTs may attend AM or PM Extended Care at no additional charge to provide extra assistance.

While not required, it is recommended that applicants have leadership experience or experience working with children.

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