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. 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.  CITs also lead all of camp during our “CIT Sundays”, including running an activity that they design themselves.


The CIT or Counselor-In-Training Program Develops Leaders

Sessions Dates

Earlybird Rates

valid until 12/31

2020 Rates
Session AB June 28 - July 10 & July 12 - July 24 Tier 1 $2250
Tier 2 $2200
Tier 3 $2150
Tier 1 $2450
Tier 2 $2350
Tier 3 $2250
Session CD July 26 - August 7 & August 9 - August 21

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

Tier 1 $2450
Tier 2 $2350
Tier 3 $2250


An informational Youth Leadership Development Weekend will be held for applicants at camp February 15-16, 2020.  Attendance is encouraged, but not required.



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