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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!
Thank you for your interest in the CIT Leadership Program! Click on the headings to the right to access camp information by topic. We highly recommend that you read the camp descriptions on our website. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our camp specialists at [email protected], 888.854.CAMP (2267), or the website chat in the bottom right.
You must apply for the CIT Leadership Program online (by clicking the “Register Now!” button at the top of the homepage on lavnercampsandprograms.com) and completing/submitting the online application. When applying for the CIT Leadership Program, you must complete the entire CIT application form, which contains a consent form that must be signed by the parent and/or legal guardian of the CIT. If you initiated the application over the phone, our office will start your application, but you will still need to complete your registration online which includes our CIT registration form. If you do not complete our consent form but send your child to camp, this will be considered as implied consent to the terms and conditions listed in our consent form. If you are having trouble accessing online registration, you must print the consent form and scan/email it to [email protected] prior to starting your CIT camp schedule. The consent form constitutes the entire agreement and no section of the consent form may be waived by any other writings or methods of communication.
Families must complete and submit the medical form provided below or provide us with the health form that was submitted to your child’s school for their current school year. Please upload your health form to your online account or scan/email your form to [email protected], prior to your child’s first scheduled day of camp.
Payment is accepted via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover), E-Check or Cash. When applying online, you must select one of these options. Now that we accept E-Check, we no longer accept checks in the mail.
A $50 non-refundable application fee must be paid in full in order to complete your application and for office review of your application.
If registering prior to May 1, 2019, you have the following payment options:
• In Full: Pay tuition in full.
• 50/50 Option: Pay the first 50% at the time of registration and the final 50% on June 1, 2019. This option will activate an automatic pay on June 1, 2019.
• 25/25/50 Option: Pay the first 25% at the time of registration, 25% on May 1, 2019, and the final 50% on June 1, 2019. This option will activate an automatic pay on May 1, 2019, and June 1, 2019.
Payments made by cash should be dropped off at our year-round office when registration is made, and a receipt will be provided.
Payments are applied equally to each camp week and cannot be transferred from one week of camp to another.
Any payment made is considered “paid tuition” and falls under our cancellation/refund policy.
You may qualify for tax benefits through the Child and Dependent Care Credit for camp. Don’t forget to check with your accountant to see if you qualify!
Receive a $50 referral credit in your Lavner Camps Account for the next camp season (Summer 2020) for each “new family” you refer who registers their child for at least one full week of Lavner Camps during Summer 2019 (Monday to Friday, full days only).
If you refer four (4) or more families, your referral fees increase from $50 per family to $100 per family!
A “New Family” is a family that has never registered a child for a Lavner Camps summer camp or year-round program.
The new family must list your name on the “referred by” line on their online camper registration form. A new family can only list one referral source.
To be eligible for a referral credit, you must also send a child to Lavner Camps in Summer 2019 for at least one week (full week, full days).
Referrals are unlimited and are awarded in October 2019 in your Lavner Camps Account. You will be notified by email once your referral credit(s) are awarded!
The family tallying the most referrals for Summer 2019 will receive one (1) free week of camp/CIT program at any of our day camps for Summer 2020!
Acceptance into the CIT Leadership Program is binding and all tuition, including the Application Fee, is non-refundable.
We do not provide make up days or refunds for missed days of camp or “no shows” regardless of any reason.
Changing CIT Schedule on or before May 1, 2019: If you wish to change your CIT schedule on or before May 1st, 2019, Lavner Camps will accommodate this request for no charge, however, the new camp date(s) requested is subject to availability. We do our best to accommodate all requests.
Changing CIT Schedule after May 1, 2019: If you wish to change your CIT schedule after May 1st, 2019 there is a $25.00 change fee (per request) and placement into a new camp week(s) is subject to availability.
A change of CIT schedule pertains to either a change of dates, change of camp, or change of location.
If you are requesting to change more than one (1) camp week within the same request, the change fee is still $25.00.
The CIT Handbook will be distributed at CIT Orientation. The CIT Handbook includes detailed information that will help CITs prepare for camp and feel confident prior to their first day. Some topics include information on child development, how CITs differ from instructors, general expectations of CITs, how to make the most out of the CIT program, a typical daily camp schedule, and more…
Families have the option of purchasing lunch or packing lunch for their child.
If a child has a food allergy, the child’s family is required to pack lunch each day for this child, and lunch may not be purchased through camp. Our third party food service vendors are not able to guarantee that the lunches are free from food allergens and/or free from any cross contamination.
If you decide to purchase lunch you can do so online during registration or can log back into your account and purchase lunch until the Friday prior to the start of the camp week. Depending upon the location, lunches are ordered from area restaurants, caterers, and/or the university or school cafeteria.
If you are packing a lunch, please make sure all food items are nut-free. Lunches can be refrigerated upon request (just ask one of your child’s camp instructors or the camp director).
For the safety of our campers, we are a Nut-Aware camp. Please do not send any nut products to camp with your child. While we are a “Nut-Aware” camp, we cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.
2 Free CIT t-shirts: Every CIT receives two “Lavner Camps!” CIT t-shirts.
Additional Lavner Camps apparel is available for purchase at any time at the Lavner Camps Store!
Lavner Camps reserves the absolute right to dismiss a CIT without refund for any behavior (1) that threatens or endangers the welfare and/or the safety of any camper, instructor, or any other person involved with the camp, (2) is disruptive to the overall camp environment, which interferes with the beneficial use and enjoyment by campers and staff, and/or (3) for any form of bullying of other campers or disrespectful behavior to camp authority.
Lavner Camps emphasizes a safe, fun, and healthy camp environment that fosters learning and friendship, and appropriate camp behavior is essential to a great overall experience for everyone involved. It is imperative that every camper, CIT, and staff member feels included, safe, and part of our camp community.
Campers may bring personal items/equipment to camp, but Lavner Camps is not responsible or liable for any personal equipment that is lost, stolen, or broken.
Campers are not permitted to use cell phones, personal computers, or any other electronic devices that connect to the internet while at camp except for camp owned computers used for camp purposes. “While at camp” pertains to all times that a camper is on location at camp. If you would like to get in touch with your child during the camp day, please contact our onsite camp director. The onsite camp director’s contact information (name, phone, and email) will be placed on the Lavner Camps Welcome Board at the sign in location. During the camp week, you may also contact our central office ([email protected] or 888-854-2267) to obtain the contact information for the onsite director. Additionally, if your child would like to contact you during the camp day, he/she may contact you through the camp director or camp instructor.
To ensure a safe and productive camp environment, Lavner Camps reserves the right to add or amend camp policies at any time. All current policies can be found at www.lavnercamps.com in real time.
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.
The applicant is asked to provide the contact information (email address) for two references (one reference should be one of your child’s current teachers).
The application fee of $50 per applicant is non-refundable and is separate from tuition. The application fee is processed at the end of online registration, and prior to your interview.
Once the online application is submitted, the entire application is reviewed within one week and selected applicants will interview with a representative from the Lavner Camp office.
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 to the CIT and acceptance is binding. Our camp office then processes tuition online. The CIT receives confirmation of his or her camp(s) placement (detailing camp location and weeks of participation) via email.
CITs may choose to be placed at any of the following camp locations: Devon Prep, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary, Newtown Friends, Rosemont College, University of Pennsylvania, Valley Forge Educational Services, Waldron Mercy Academy, West Chester University, Ursuline Academy, Stuart Country Day School, Montclair State University, NYU, The Cathedral School, NYIT-Old Westbury, Towson University, GW, WashU in St. Louis, UCLA, Berkeley, SFSU, Lake Forest College, or Carrollton School.
CITs may participate in 3 or more weeks of camp.
CITs are asked to attend our June 1st orientation and training session, where they will become CPR certified and First Aid trained. At orientation, CITs receive their CIT Packet, the CIT Handbook, two special CIT t-shirts, a journal for writing their daily entries, and a gift bag! Upon completion of training, our CITs are ready to embark on a great summer experience!
The minimum required participation is 3 weeks!
Location: Waldron Mercy Academy, 513 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station, PA 19066
Date & Times: June 1, 2019, 10:00am to 5:00pm
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 activities
(7) Lunch and snack included!
(8) Lavner Camps gift bag!
CITs are asked to attend an orientation prior to their first scheduled day of camp. At orientation, CITs will become CPR Certified and First Aid trained, meet other CITs and staff, train in their areas, review the CIT Handbook, review different situations that may arise at camp and how to handle them and discuss leadership skills.
In addition to orientation, and throughout the summer, CITs gain valuable leadership training and skills through hands-on participation in camp programs under the close supervision of our instructors. Our instructors provide informal constructive feedback to CITs throughout the week with the goal of training and developing these teens, and forming a “coaching” relationship. CITs and lead instructors have at least one weekly “leadership conference” where they discuss the CITs’ participation, opportunities to improve and strengthen one’s leadership skills, and review the CITs journal entries and progress relative to their goals for the program. These conferences are meant to be positive and friendly and are a great way for CITs to receive constructive coaching privately, with the goal of strengthening their leadership skills and enhancing their CIT camp experience.
Plans are underway to make the Orientation accessible to those unable to attend in-person!
Our camp families ask us many great questions about our summer camps. Below are a list of 10 questions that are frequently asked. If you have a question that is not listed, please send it our way!
Question #1: Is Lavner Camps accredited?
Answer: Yes, we are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and seek to carry out standards to all of our other states!
Question #2: What do CITs do at camp?
Answer: Our CITs are encouraged to be very hands-on at camp! CITs may help campers do things like roll dough for a homemade pizza, master dribbling techniques on the soccer field, demonstrate how to properly use a sewing machine, assist with learning lines for a play, help build a trap doors in Minecraft™, strategize with campers to find items in a scavenger hunt, brainstorm ideas and story lines for comic books, gear up for Math Olympics, give presentations in camp to demonstrate a skill, help design a cool App, and much more!
Question #3: Who are your instructors?
Answer: Our instructors are high level and are the very best out of a great pool of applicants we consider each year – Each year, we hire less than 8% of our applicants. Typically, our lead instructors consist of teachers, college professors, undergrad/grad students from excellent colleges/universities, and the occasional superstar student entering college in the fall. Assistant instructors typically consist of accomplished rising seniors. Our instructors are extremely knowledgeable in the subject area, are passionate about working with kids, highly responsible, and all have cleared background checks. Instructors go through a rigorous orientation prior to the summer camp season and have constant support from onsite camp directors and our central office. We put them in a position to succeed… and they do!
Question #4: Do you have an on-site camp director?
Answer: Yes! Most of our onsite directors are full time teachers during the school year. Our on-site camp directors manage each camp location. They are trained to make sure that the daily operations at camp are running smoothly. Camp directors are available onsite to answer your questions, and are available by phone and email if you need to communicate with them during the day. You may also communicate with staff from our central office. These positions are highly sought out, and we hire the best. Camp directors also work directly with our camp office, communicate on a daily basis, and offer great support to campers and instructors each day. Our year-round office also employs regional camp directors who visit various camp locations each week to help ensure a high quality camp environment!
Question #5: Are CITs hands-on?
Answer: Absolutely! Under the supervision of our experienced staff, CITs are very hands-on in assisting campers with camp activities each day and contributing to the overall camp environment.
Question #6: How do you group the CITs each week?
Answer: CITs are grouped with campers based upon age and ability. Typically, CITs are grouped with younger campers.
Question #7: Do your CITs improve their leadership skills at camp?
Answer: Yes! CITs are provided numerous different ways to help develop and strengthen their leadership skills throughout the summer. CITs attend an orientation where they focus on leadership qualities and meet other like minded, young leaders. CITs are given a journal to write daily entries, and are encouraged to reflect upon their entries throughout the summer to assess their progress. Leadership conferences occur at least once a week with the CITs lead instructor (and sometimes the camp director) to have an open discussion about the CITs experience, and ways to continue to improve and develop their leadership throughout the week and summer. And what’s better than hands on experience? Each day, CITs have access to hands-on experiences where they build leadership skills in a variety of ways. Our CITs also learn by doing! We strongly encourage our CITs to be very engaged throughout the week, from helping campers build and program a robot from scratch, to public speaking and demonstrations to a group, to developing relationships with instructors and campers alike!
Question #8: How do you keep camp fun?
Answer: We hire fun and dynamic instructors! CITs have also applied for this program, so they already want to be there! We also incorporate a number of breaks during the day with opportunities for recreation and socialization. On Fridays, there is typically a grand finale that campers work towards – e.g. a Bake Off, Robowars tournament, Tennis Olympics, Fashion Show, Beta testing video games and Minecraft™ worlds etc… Just wait until you see all of our amazing campers! They select the specialty camps they want to be in, and they bring a passion and energy each camp week that is remarkable and inspiring!
Question #9: How do you create a safe camp environment?
Answer: Camp safety is our number one goal. We work hard all year long to make sure our camp safety is top notch. We are accreddited by the American Camp Association in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and seek to carry our standards to all of our states. In addition, we hire very responsible staff and train them, which includes a test of our detailed handbook/procedure guide, employ procedures that promote safety and supervision, and are in constant communication. We also implement a behavioral policy that is strict but fair, and requires that all campers exude good behavior, do not engage in bullying, and contribute to a safe and welcoming camp environment.
Question #10: Why should we choose Lavner Camps?
Answer: At Lavner Camps, we are one of the leading camp organizations in the United States, and you will experience the difference. Our mission is to provide the best camp experience available… and we do. Here are some of the things that we offer to provide a great camp experience:
Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA)
Attention to Safety
Top-Notch Camp Locations
Innovative Specialty Camps
“Cutting Edge” curriculum
A camp office that believes in excellent customer service and communication with our camp families
Camp owners who are passionate and hands-on!
Extremely high retention rate of campers and growing each year, especially through word of mouth referrals.
Incredible media coverage – local and national!
A proven track record of thousands of campers who succeeded and love Lavner Camps!
and so much more…!
Additional Questions: If you have any additional questions, please email us at [email protected] or call our office at (888) 854-2267. We welcome your questions and are happy to provide you with informative answers!
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.
to Become a CIT!
We are passionate about developing leadership skills in teens and we make every effort to ensure a great summer for our CITs where they can learn, develop, and build confidence in themselves.
We value safety, learning, friendship, fun, and excellent camp quality.
We offer a wide variety of uniquely specialized camps our CITs to focus on a subject area of interest and improve. There is something for everybody at Lavner Camps!
We offer innovative ways that put our CITs in a position to continue to develop their leadership skills and build their self-confidence. We encourage hands-on participation, and our staff is always ready to provide constructive feedback.
We hire excellent staff who are passionate about teaching, are very knowledgeable in the subject matter, and are highly responsible. We hire the best and we emphasize to our staff the importance of mentoring our CITs and being excellent role models for them.
We take pride in seeing YOU succeed! We provide our CITs with the resources to improve skill sets, form new friendships, be a positive role-model for our campers, and be part of a great camp community.
Our locations are first-class. CITs have an awesome camp experience on a beautiful, spacious, and inviting campus…with air conditioning!
Our communication with CITs is excellent. We want to communicate with you to make sure that your CIT camp experience is a great one and you are on track to reach your goals and become better leaders. Reach out to us any time!
It starts at the top! Our owners, Justin & Michael Lavner, are extremely hands-on and passionate about offering our CITs the best camp experiences possible. Justin and Michael attended camp for many years as children, worked at camps, and eat, sleep, and breathe Lavner Camps! In addition to Justin and Michael, wait until you meet our team. Smart, sophisticated, dedicated, engaging, and caring camp professionals… We all take pride in providing YOU with a top notch experience at Lavner Camps.
Our camps are accredited by the American Camp Association, an organization that conducts on site visits to ensure camp quality and adherence to many importance camp standards. The ACA provides 400+ standards for camp safety and operation. This helps to ensure safety and overall quality, which every camper, CIT, and staff member deserves.