2018 CIT Summer Camp Program in Philadelphia PA, Main Line PA, Lower Gwynedd PA, Wilmington DE, Princeton NJ, Montclair NJ, NYC Manhattan, Long Island NY, Washington DC, Towson MD, Nashville TN, Los Angeles CA & St. Louis MO!


CIT Ages 13 to 15



Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Leadership Program is for energetic and motivated teenagers (ages 13 to 15) interested in learning and developing leadership skills working with children in a camp setting. This program is designed so that CITs develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with their instructors/onsite director, and a hands-on experience engaging with campers. The goals of this program are to provide teens with training and skills to become effective leaders, improve self-confidence, learn public speaking skills in a group setting, assist children in a camp environment, and excel at handling responsibility at camp. This program prepares teens for future work experience, motivates them to be effective role models resulting in a fun and productive summer, allows them to select the specialty camps they want to participate in, and is a great resume builder!

The Minimum Required Participation is 3 Weeks!



Teenagers ages 13-15 interested in participating in the CIT Program must go through an application process. In order to be accepted into the program, the applicant must register for our CIT program online and answer a series of questions on the application relating to (1) their interest in joining the CIT Program, (2) desired camp experience, (3) past summer camp experience as a either a CIT or a camper (not required), and (4) questions pertaining to leadership.

Since most of the interviews are the first interview for these applicants, interviews are meant to be a friendly and positive experience. After the interview, the decision for acceptance is made within one week.

Upon acceptance into the program, a formal letter of acceptance is provided (detailing the CIT’s summer schedule). At orientation, the CITs become CPR/First Aid certified, receive their CIT Handbook, discuss leadership skills, and train for camp!  CITs participating in Specialty Camps may train in these specialty areas. Upon completion of training, our CITs are ready to embark on a great summer experience!


During the summer, CITs engage with campers under the close supervision of their lead instructor and the camp director. One main goal of the CIT Leadership Program is for the lead instructors and CITs to develop strong professional interactions where the CITs learn from their instructors at camp and continue to improve their leadership skills each day. CITs are encouraged to be hands-on and are grouped with campers based upon age, ability, and experience level.   CITs are also encouraged to write daily journal entries pertaining to their camp experiences, and these entries are discussed at weekly leadership conferences between the CIT, lead instructor, and the camp director. The leadership conferences are a great way for instructors and the camp director to work with the CIT on his/her leadership skills and performance at camp.

Under the supervision of our experienced staff, CITs assist campers with camp activities, help with organizing materials and supplies, think creatively, share ideas, and act as positive role models for campers.  CITs are very hands-on, are generally grouped with younger campers, and choose the specialty camp or camps where they want to be placed.  CITs may teach campers to do things like baking a cake, using proper technique when passing and receiving a soccer ball, building and programming robots, creating an app, hand sewing a doll, designing a handbag, building a rocket, installing mods in Minecraft™,  and so much more!


Date & Times: June 2, 2018, 10:00am to 5:00pm

What Happens at Orientation?

(1) General Orientation

(2) Review of the CIT Handbook and Packet

(3) Meeting full time staff, summer staff, and other CITs!

(4) Training for Camp

(5) CPR Certification and First Aid Training

(6) Leadership activities

(7) Lunch and snack included!

(8) Lavner Camps Gift Bag!


During the summer, CITs work under the close supervision of instructors and the camp director.  Instructors provide informal and constructive coaching to CITs throughout the week in addition to a weekly formal feedback session. The goal is for the instructors and CITs to have strong professional interaction and coaching, for CITs to learn from their instructors and camp directors, to improve their leadership skills, and become better leaders, listeners, and role models.


Upon completing the program, our camp office is always available to write recommendations for our CITs in the future.

All CITs Receive: Two red Lavner Camps t-shirts, Teen Leadership Book, Journal to track progress during the summer, and a CIT Handbook!



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New Jersey

Montclair State University

Stuart Country Day School


Ursuline Academy

New York

New York University

The Cathedral School (Manhattan – Upper East Side)

New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury Campus)

Washington DC

George Washington University (Mount Vernon Campus)


Towson University

St. Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St. Louis (Danforth Campus)

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University

Los Angeles, CA