2017 CIT Summer Camp Program in Philadelphia PA, Main Line PA, Lower Gwynedd PA, Princeton NJ, Montclair NJ, NYC Manhattan, Long Island NY, Washington DC, Towson MD & 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) who want to learn and develop leadership skills while working with children in a camp setting. This program is designed so that CITs develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with their lead instructors, 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, provide a meaningful opportunity to assist children in a camp environment, create an opportunity to excel at handling a reasonable amount of responsibility while at camp. This will help prepare these teens for future work experience and to help build their resumes, to motivate our CITs to be effective role models resulting in a fun and productive summer where our CITs participate in areas of interest of their choice!

The Minimum Required Participation is 3 Weeks!



Teenagers (ages 13 to 15) interested in participating in the CIT Program must go through an application process. In order to be accepted into the program, these teens 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) experience in the specific camp (Exploration Day Camp, or Specialty Day Camp(s) of their choice, (3) any past summer camp experience as a either a CIT or a camper (not required), (4) and 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 for these applicants. After the interview, the decision for acceptance is made within three days.

Upon acceptance into the program, a formal letter of acceptance is provided (detailing the CIT’s summer schedule) along with the CIT Handbook for review prior to orientation. At orientation, the CITs become CPR/First Aid certified, discuss leadership skills, and train for camp!  CITs participating in a Specialty Day Camp will train in the specialty area(s). 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 this 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 and ability/experience.   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 sometimes the camp director. These “leadership conferences” are conducted in private and are a great way for instructors and the camp director to provide constructive feedback to the CIT, keeping them focused on improving their leadership skills.

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 help campers do things like roll dough for a homemade pizza, master footwork techniques on the tennis court, build and program robots, help create a scoring system for Robowars, program and design video games and apps, design a handbag, build a rocket, create cities in Minecraft™ and much more! 


Date & Times: June 3rd, 10:00am to 5:00pm 2017.

What Happens at Orientation?

(1) General Orientation

(2) Review of the CIT Handbook and Packet

(3) Meeting central office staff, summer staff, and other CITs!

(4) Training for Camp

(5) CPR Certification and First Aid Training

(6) Leadership discussions

(7) Lunch included



During the summer, CITs work under the close supervision of our instructors.  Our 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, 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, Lavner Camps car magnet, Journal to track progress during the summer & a CIT Handbook!




Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary, Malvern Preparatory School, Newtown Friends School, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Rosemont College, University of Pennsylvania, Waldron Mercy Academy (Exploration Day Camp & Specialty Day Camps)

New Jersey

Montclair State University

Stuart Country Day School

New York

New York University

New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury Campus)

Washington DC

George Washington University


Towson University

St. Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St. Louis (Danforth Campus)