Camp counselors posing with campers.

YMCA Camp Bernie’s Counselor-In-Training program provides teenagers with exciting opportunities to build character and self-esteem. Participants develop communication and leadership skills through team-building exercises and hands-on training with staff members in our program areas and cabins. Successful completion of a YMCA Camp Bernie leadership program is an outstanding accomplishment for teenagers to list on job and college applications, and is a wonderful first step in seeking employment as a counselor at our camp in future summers.

2023 Application

Philosophy

This experience guides kids entering Grade 11 through the transition into becoming future camp counselors, while still enjoying the fun and excitement of being a camper. Our CITs play a significant role in leading our spirited and caring camper community, and we teach them the best practices of successful camp counselors. Enrollment in this program is limited and requires an application and interview.

Kids jumping into pool

Staff

One CIT Director and two CIT Counselors are handpicked to facilitate this program and mentor the CITs.  They are pre-screened and trained role models who teach and exemplify the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.

Activities

There are four sections of the CIT program: Training, Certification, Service and Shadowing. CITs will be given the opportunity to become certified American Red Cross Lifeguards, attend counselor training sessions, venture out on an off-site service project trip and shadow counselors in cabins and program staff at activity areas. CITs also lead all of camp during our “CIT Sundays,” including running an activity that they design themselves.

Camp counselors posing on a staircase outdoors.

Available Sessions

Sessions Dates Earlybird Rates (when paid in full by 12/31/22)
Session AB

June 25th - July 7th &
July 9th - 21st

Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2350
     
Session CD July 23rd - August 4th
& August 6th - 18th
Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2350

 

The 4-week CIT Sessions each consist of two 2-week blocks. The holdover weekend in the middle can be added for an additional registration and fee.  A $300 deposit is due at the time of registration to secure your camper's spot, and the balance is due June 1st.