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.

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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.

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 2020 Rate
Session AB June 28 - July 10 & July 12 - July 24 Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2250
Session CD July 26 - August 7 & August 9 - August 21 Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2250

 

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Kids need camp more than ever this summer!

Based on indications from Governor Murphy, YMCA Camp Bernie is planning to start Day Camp on June 22 and Overnight Camp on June 28.  We are working to implement new procedures to address COVID-19 into our summer camp programs for summer 2020 which will be posted here in the next week.

New to Camp Bernie?  Join us for our Virtual Open Houses on May 31st.  

1pm - Day Camp  Click here to RSVP

2:30pm - Overnight Camp  Click here to RSVP

 

Existing Camper Families please join us for our Virtual Town Hall on May 31st at 11am.  Click here to RSVP

To register for Family Archery, please call 908-832-5315 or email capsley@campbernieymca.org