What is the CILT program?

The Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program is designed for campers completing the 9th and 10th grades. The goal of this program is to provide the opportunity for older campers to build positive peer relationships; enhance self-esteem through confronting new challenges and building skills in the area of their choice; increase self awareness and understanding of their individual leadership potential; and develop themselves as role models and leaders within their community. It is our experience that these skills are beneficial at Camp and are transferable to other areas of camper’s lives as well.

If I am a CILT, what will I do at Camp?

CILT’s will choose two program areas in which to apprentice during their time at camp. An example might be Ceramics and Ranch Projects. CILT’s will be scheduled to apprentice two times per week, during which they will have the opportunity to assist a counselor or resource staff with an activity, learn new skills, and further develop existing skills under the mentorship of an adult staff. CILT’s may also decide as a group to organize various all-Camp activities, giving them the opportunity to create, plan and implement their ideas. CILT’s will also help out in the Camp kitchen for Saturday picnic dinners and Sunday morning breakfast, learning how a Camp kitchen operates and how to work cooperatively as a team. All CILT’s will participate in a group overnight camping trip, weekly meetings, and a day on the Ropes Course.

A typical week looks something like this…

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
a.m. Apprentice in Ceramics Apprentice in Ranch Projects CILT meeting
p.m. Kitchen duty

Can I still do other activities at Camp?

Yes, absolutely. CILT’s are still campers and we want everyone to continue to enjoy all their favorite Camp programs. During the course of the session, CILT’s may choose to participate in any and all camp activities, including backpacking trips, extended out trips and horse pack trips.

What do I do the summer after I’m a CILT?

Campers may choose to participate in the CILT program for one or two summers. Participation in the CILT program may lead to an invitation to the Counselor in Training (CIT) program. Eligibility for the CIT program is based on successful completion of the CILT program; a demonstrated interest in working with children, and recommendation by the CILT directors.

Can I be a CILT if I’m only coming to camp for two weeks?

Yes, however in order to complete the program you must attend a full session. The CILT program is designed as a full session program. Two-week campers may participate in the CILT program but will not be eligible for the Counselor in Training program.

Do I have to be a CILT?

No, in fact you should only be a CILT if you want to. Participation in the CILT program is optional. However, all campers eligible to participate in the CILT program will be asked to make us aware of their decision on the first day of camp. Therefore, we strongly encourage eligible campers to think about their decision before arriving at Camp. Campers who decide not to participate in the CILT program cannot be admitted into the program late should they change their mind.

If I might want to return to Camp as counselor one day, do I have to be a CILT?

No. Though campers who participate in the CILT program have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership skills, the CILT program is neither a prerequisite nor a guarantee of future employment at the Bar 717 Ranch.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!