Find Your Voice

Take the leap from camper to counselor in this leadership training course for high schoolers. This program is for incoming 9th–12th graders that want to find their voice to inspire younger kids to learn, grow, and thrive. Lead Camp prepares participants to lead not only in their home and high school but through college and beyond. Graduates of this program will be equipped with the skills to serve as Counselors in Training (CIT) at local Y camps.

Lead Camp

Lead is a two-week camp that runs July 5–9 and July 11–15 at all locations. 

Counselor in Training Camps:

  • July 18–22
  • July 25–29
  • August 1–5
  • August 8–12
  • August 15–19
  • August 22–26
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Find the Info You Need to Know

Learn more about Lead and Counselor in Training Camp hours, registration, financial aid, and fees below.

What days and hours is Lead and CIT Camp offered?

Lead and CIT Camps run Monday–Friday from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. There is no camp July 4.

Is my teen the right age for Lead or CIT Camp?

If your teen is in entering 9th through 12th grades in the fall, then yes, they can attend Lead and/or CIT camp.

How soon can I sign my camper up for Lead or CIT Camp?

Registration opens on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:00 am for the entire summer.

Weekly camp registration closes on the Wednesday prior to the camp session at 5:00 pm. For example, for camp starting on July 11, registration would close on July 6 at 5:00 pm.

Does the Y offer scholarships or financial assistance for Lead or CIT Camp?

Yes, the Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching camp programs. The Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule.

Please complete this short two minute form to learn more about scholarships or financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within 3-5 business days once the form is received. 

What is the fee to participate in Lead or CIT Camp?
  • Lead Camp two-week fees: $600 for Facility Members or $700 for Community Members.
  • Counselor in Training Camp weekly fees: $25 for Facility Members and $35 for Community Members.

A deposit of $15 per week, per camper is due upon registration. Payments draft on the Saturday two weeks prior to each camp session. For example, for camp starting on July 11, payment would be draft on July 2.

The Y is committed to ensuring all families have access to quality and enriching camp programs. The Y provides financial assistance and a sliding fee schedule. Please complete this short two minute form to learn more about scholarships or financial assistance. Our staff we be in contact with you within 3-5 business days once the form is received. 

What is the difference between Lead and CIT Camp?

Our Lead camp is a 9-day camp program designed specifically around building skills and helping your teen be ready to lead younger campers. We will work on developing their facilitation skills for leading activities and games, problem-solving for navigating logistics and schedules, and have fun with other campers their age.

Our Lead Camp can be a stand-alone program or it can also be the pre-requisite to being placed as a Counselor in Training (CIT) at one of our camp locations where they can put their new skills to the test. CITs will have an opportunity to practice their new learning and build a resume for future jobs.  CITs can also earn service hours towards their graduation requirements.

How are you navigating Covid-19 at summer day camp?

We know that camp is a magical time for kids, and we are committed to bringing opportunities for discovery, enrichment, and play to kids across our region this summer. We also know that safety is a shared top priority for you and us! We have two summers of experience delivering safe and fun camps in conjunction with living with Covid-19. We are experts in keeping kids safe without comprising camper experience!

Our day camp offerings follow the most current recommendations from the American Camp Association, YMCA of the USA, and those of our local, state, and federal government agencies. This guidance can change frequently, and we will adjust our camp programs to match current recommendations.

The most up-to-date guidance that we are following can be found here. If you have questions about your camper and if they should come to camp, please follow the flowchart here.

What happens if there are school schedule changes from snow days or Covid-19 related closures?

We recognize that these schedules are ever evolving.  We will adjust camp program dates and fees if needed and communicate any changes with you. Thanks for your patience and flexibility.

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Overnight Camp

Camp Colman and Camp Orkila offer kids and teens the chance to explore their individuality, become a part of their own community, and enjoy outdoor experiences like archery, rock climbing, and s’mores over the campfire.

Teen Outdoor Expeditions

Boys & Girls Outdoor Leadership Development expeditions inspire youth ages 11 to 18 to be their most courageous and confident selves as they learn new skills, make lifelong friends, and run towards adventure.

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