Teen Leadership Programs

Take yourself to new heights at Camp Watia this summer.

Camp programs for teenagers

Do you want to take your camp experience to the next level? Do you want to learn how to be a positive influence on others and make a difference in your community? If so, YMCA Camp Watia has the perfect program for you.

Our teen leadership programs are designed for rising 10th-12th graders who want to develop their leadership skills, self-awareness, and confidence while having fun at camp. 

You'll participate in outdoor adventures, teambuilding activities, service projects, and mentorship opportunities. Along the way you’ll be supported by caring and qualified staff who will help you grow as a leader and a person. Don't miss this chance to discover your potential at YMCA Camp Watia.

Leader in Training (LIT)

Leader in Training builds leadership skills, group skills, self-confidence, and character growth. LIT is a two-week program for campers entering 10th or 11th grade. 

The first week the LITs will be taken off camp to start their group bonding and developing new outdoor skills. For the second week of camp, the LITs will part take in traditional camp activities for half the day, and for the second half, they will spend it continuing their leadership training, bonding as a group, and work on a group service project.

LIT Session 1: June 25-July 7, 2023
LIT Session 2: July 30-Aug. 11, 2023
Cost: $1,600 per session

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Counselor in Training (CIT)

Our CIT Program is a three-week leadership development program for young adults going into 12th grade.

The training involves many aspects of camp life with hands-on experiences of living and working as a team, assisting counselors in supervising and instructing campers, and personal growth through new challenges. 

CITs have all the fun a true summer camp experience can provide while learning new skills and accepting greater levels of responsibility. Campers interested in the CIT program can apply here or contact Shannon Raab with any questions. 

CIT Session 1: July 9-28, 2023 (three-week program)
Cost: $1,650

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