Counselor in Training
(Overnight Camp)



Phone: (908) 832-5315
Fax: (908) 832-9078
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YMCA Camp Bernie’s Counselor-In-Training program provides teenagers with exciting opportunities to build character and self-esteem. Participants develop communication and leadership skills through team building exercises and hands-on training with staff members in our program areas and cabins. Successful completion of a YMCA Camp Bernie leadership program is a fabulous accomplishment for teenagers to list on job and college applications, and is a wonderful first step in seeking employment as a counselor at our camp in future summers.


This experience guides kids entering Grade 11 through the transition into becoming future camp counselors, while still enjoying the fun and excitement of being a camper.  Our CITs play a significant role in leading our spirited and caring camper community, and we teach them the best practices of successful camp counselors. Enrollment in this program is limited and requires an application and interview.


One CIT Director and two CIT Counselors are hand-picked to facilitate this program and mentor the CITs.  They are pre-screened and trained role models who teach and exemplify the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.


There are 4 sections of the CIT program: Training, Certification, Service, and Shadowing.  Four-Week CITs will be given the opportunity to become certified American Red Cross Lifeguards, attend counselor training sessions, venture out on an off-site service project trip, and shadow counselors in cabins and program staff at activity areas.

The new two-week CIT programs are accelerated courses that include training sessions, American Red Cross First Aid certification, shadowing in our program areas, and a service trip.

All CIT programs will include an opportunity to lead all of camp during our “CIT Sundays”.


The CIT or Counselor-In-Training Program Develops Leaders

Sessions Dates 2019 Rates
Session A June 23 - July 5

Tier 1 $1850
Tier 2 $1800
Tier 3 $1750

Session B July 7 - 19 Tier 1 $1850
Tier 2 $1800
Tier 3 $1750
Session CD July 21 - August 2, August 4 - 16

Tier 1 $2250
Tier 2 $2200
Tier 3 $2150


An informational Youth Leadership Development Weekend will be held for applicants at camp February 9-10, 2019.  Attendance is encouraged, but not required.



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Date: October 11-13, 2019

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