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.

2022 Application


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.

Camp counselors posing on a staircase outdoors.

Available Sessions

Sessions Dates 2022 EARLYBIRD Rates
*Good through 12/31/21, if paid in full
Session AB

June 26th - July 8th &
July 10th - 22nd

Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2250
Session CD July 24th - August 5th
& August 6th - 19th
Tier 1 $2750, Tier 2 $2500,
Tier 3 $2250

Click here to donate to our Camp Bernie's 2021 Annual Appeal!