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Teen Leadership


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 questionnaire and are contacted by the Director of the C.I.T. program to set-up potential interviews that may include face-to-face interaction, Skype, or Facetime as a means of communication. If the candidate is selected to be a part of the program, the C.I.T. Director will then initiate the rest of the registration process, which includes the waiver/deposit form and the official registration through our Sales and Service team for the upcoming summer. 
We often invite our C.I.T. program participants to become a part of our YMCA Camp Thunderbird Staff as Junior Counselors. However, participation in the C.I.T. program does not guarantee an invitation.

2019 CIT Questionaire >>
2019 CIT Application Guide >>
For information, please contact:
YMCA Camp Thunderbird Office | 800 732 3855campthunderbird@ymcacharlotte.org
Achievement Through Leadership and Service (A.T.L.A.S) is an exciting new youth, leadership development program for campers ages 13-15. This leadership program was formerly known as the L.I.T. program. 
Our A.T.L.A.S. program engages teens in individual and teamwork oriented leadership development. Teens choose the A.T.L.A.S. program as one of their land activities. During that activity hour, they receive leadership training anwith the intention of discovering their true potential as leaders in their community, school, and camp. The curriculum is designed to adhere to each individual camper based on their personality and learning abilities, whether the camper is a returner to the program or a first year A.T.L.A.S participant.
To register, complete camper registration and choose the A.T.L.A.S. program as a land activity. A.T.L.A.S. 1 is for campers who are new to the program, A.T.L.A.S. 2 is for campers who participated in the LIT program in the summer of 2018. A.T.L.A.S. participants pay the standard rate per session >>