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At YMCA Camp Thunderbird, teens gain valuable leadership skills while developing their work ethic.

These positions prepare teens to become staff members at camp as well as productive members of their home community.
Counselor In Training (CIT)
for rising High School Juniors
Our CIT program provides leadership experiences specific to camp counseling. We require CITs to commit for four weeks. During that time, they live in a cabin with campers and counselors. They meet daily with the program director to discuss observations and strategies for leading campers effectively. CITs spend a portion of each day lending leadership in the activity areas. They also coordinate two talent shows as part of their experience.
During the afternoon activity time, CITs participate in the activities of their choice. Many elect to continue working to earn their bandanas. Being a CIT is the best of both worlds….camper and leader.
CIT selection is competitive. Most program participants have attended camp as campers, but this is not a prerequisite. Candidates submit an online application and references by November 30. We conduct telephone interviews in January and February. We select and notify candidates in early March.
We select Junior Counselors from the CIT ranks. However, please note that program participation does not guarantee selection as a Junior Counselor.

2019 CIT Application >>
2019 CIT Application Guide >>
For information, please contact:
YMCA Camp Thunderbird Office | 800 732 3855campthunderbird@ymcacharlotte.org
Leaders in Training (LIT) 
for campers who are rising High School Sophomores and Juniors
Our LIT program engages teens in individual and teamwork oriented leadership development. Teens choose the LIT program as one of their land activities. During that activity hour, they receive leadership training and mentor younger campers.
LITs reside in cabins with other campers of the same age. They choose and participate in all other land and water activities as a camper.
To register, complete camper registration and choose LIT program as a land activity. LIT participants pay the standard rate per session >>