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.
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.
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.
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.
|Sessions||Dates||2020 Earlybird Rate||2021 Rate|
|Session AB||TBD||Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2250
|Session CD||TBD||Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2250
Camp Bernie will be implementing new procedures into our camp program for summer 2020 to address COVID-19. These are in accordance with State, CDC, and YMCA/ACA guidelines and are available on our Day Camp web page.
Overnight Camp has, unfortunately, been canceled for the summer of 2020. Please see our Events page for info on our alternate programs this summer: Family Archery, Family Horseback Riding, Weekend Cabin Rentals, Community Swim Lessons, and Labor Day Family Camp!