Leadership Camps at Camp Weaver

Leadership Camps at Camp Weaver are designed to help teens develop leadership skills while learning what it takes to be a great camp counselor. CIT – Counselor in Training and LIT- Leader in Training programs help teens explore their talents as individuals and in groups, while continuing to learn and grow.

Whether your camper has been coming to YMCA Camp Weaver for years, or are brand new to our camp, Teen Leadership Programs at Camp Weaver provide an excellent opportunity for teens to develop leadership and outdoor living skills. Our leadership programs provide a safe place to work on real life skills such as independence, time-management, and group work.

Chiefs Program – Day Camp

Camp Weaver offers leadership development in our Chiefs program. The Chiefs group in Day Camp is available for campers entering 8th and 9th grade (after the summer). This program is ideal for teens who enjoy camp activities and the social side of camp and who want to learn to take on more responsibilities. To register, use the day camp registration form at our Register Now Page. Each day camp week runs from Monday-Friday.


Leader in Training – Overnight Camp

Leader In Training (LIT) is designed to build leadership skills, group skills, self-confidence, and character. LIT is a two-week program for campers entering 10th grade. The first week of camp is spent in traditional camp activities for half the day, and leadership training for the other half. During the first week and a half the group (typically 10 to 12 campers) and their counselors will work on a service project for the betterment of camp. Campers will also learn a variety of outdoor skills, ranging from fire-building and outdoor cooking, to Leave No Trace camping ethics.

During week two, campers will begin planning and preparing for a four day, three night whitewater canoeing trip on the New River in Virginia. In addition to two trained Camp Weaver staff, our campers will be joined by a professional River Guide to teach them whitewater canoeing basics and will remain with our campers for the duration of their time on the river.

Successful completion of YMCA Camp Weaver’s LIT program or equivalent required before admission to our CIT program.

Leader in Training Overnight Camp

Leader in TrainingDates (2 weeks)CostWeekend Stay OverAvailability
Session 1June 11-23$1,090Included in feeClosed
Session 2June 25-July 7$1,090Included in fee
Session 3 July 9-July 21$1,090Included in fee
Session 4 July 23-August 4$1,090Included in fee

What items are needed to be packed for the LIT off site trip?

Recommended Packing List: LIT Additional Packing List

Required Form: LIT Cheerio Adventure Release Form 2016

Counselor in Training – Overnight Camp

Our CIT program is available as a 3 week overnight session for campers entering 11th grade. We believe that these youth are the future of Camp Weaver. They are encouraged to work together to learn the skills needed to become positive role models, in both our camp and the community.

The first two weeks of our CIT Program are focused on intensive training in child care sklls and our various activity areas around camp. During the last week of the program, CITs are placed into cabins with some of our very best staff serving as their mentors for the week. Our top scoring CITs will be among the first candidates that will be considered for staff the following year.

CIT is a three week program. It is mandatory for our CITs stay-over for the first weekend of their session. The second weekend is not mandatory, but can be included for an additional fee. Please see stayover weekend trip destinations for more information.

Please note stayover weekend is not available between the last two sessions of Overnight Camp (the weekend before Camp Corral week).

Counselor in Training Overnight Camp

Counselor in TrainingDates (3 weeks)CostWeekend Stay OverAvailability
Session 1June 11-30$1,0501st Weekend
Included in fee
Session 2July 2-21$1,0501st Weekend
Included in fee
Session 3July 23-August 11$1,0501st Weekend
Included in fee

CIT Registration

Parents/Guardians: Click here to register online.

CIT Camper Candidates: All CIT applicants must submit an application and two references before they will can be admitted to the program. Please fill out the Required Online Application by clicking the link below! (Camper fills this portion out, not parent).

Complete a CIT Application

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our Teen Leadership Programs, click here to email Luke Gerke, our Camp Life Program Director or call 336.697.0525.