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Camper In Leadership Training

The Camper In Leadership Training (CILT) Program

The Camper in Leadership Training Program is for campers, age 16 and/or rising high school juniors, who have potential leadership skills and who seek to be future counselors at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. The program is designed to provide opportunities to develop and sharpen leadership skills and acquire the knowledge that will help prepare the camper to become an effective counselor.

A CILT is assigned to a cabin of younger campers, where he/she will receive training from the counselors in all aspects of cabin life. However, at no time is a CILT left in charge of a cabin. Each CILT is also assigned to an activity of his/her choice, based on certifications and ranks earned. The CILT becomes as skilled as possible in this specialized segment of the Camp program and is taught effective teaching techniques. During the week, a CILT will work seven activity periods on his/her assigned activity. The remainder of the CILT’s activity time is open for him/her to pursue activities and goals of interest, to work on ranks, and to spend time with campers.

Under the leadership of the Director of Leadership Development at Camp Seafarer and the Director of Camper Life at Camp Sea Gull, CILTs will participate in trainings throughout their time at Camp to enhance their skills. Sessions will be led on the following topics:

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Developing communication skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Cabin management skills
  • Age group characteristics
  • Developing self-esteem
  • Working with others
  • Creating a caring community
  • Selflessness

Community service hours are issued upon successful completion of the CILT Program with an official letter from the YMCA of the Triangle, which many schools will recognize.

Guidelines for Participation

The CILT Program is highly competitive, only admitting 30 girls and 36 boys per session. Positions are available to those who have a conscientious respect for organization and support the need for compliance to rules and regulations that place the welfare of the younger campers ahead of personal interest. CILTs must have a genuine desire to work with children and a willingness to be a positive role model in the Camp community. See below for some criteria that are taken into account when reviewing CILT applications:

Experience at Camp Sea Gull or Camp Seafarer
Applicants should spend at least one summer (preferably multiple summers) as a camper before applying to be a CILT.

Positive Camper Record
Applicants should show through their camper record that they can work with others and live in community with both their peers and counselors.  

Rank Achievement
Applicants who have achieved upper ranks in a certain activity show a strong work ethic and a commitment to setting and achieving goals.

Certifications Earned
Applicants who have earned their Lifeguard Certification, CPR/First Aid Certification, U.S. Sailing Certification, U.S. Keel Boat Certification, U.S. Powerboating License, or Hunter Safety Certification show a dedication to a particular activity that will improve and broaden their skills.

Participation in the Tiger Lily Program (Camp Seafarer) or Tiger Shark Program (Camp Sea Gull)
Applicants who have participated in these programs show an interest in instructing children in how to enhance their swimming skills.

Participation in the Senior Camper Program (Camp Seafarer only)
Applicants who have participated in this program show a desire to serve others, a commitment to excellence, and a drive to leave Camp and our surrounding community better than they found it.

How to Apply

Because CILTs are campers, those interested in the CILT Program apply via the normal camper application. There is a section on the camper application that asks if your child is interested in the CILT Program. If so, indicate your child’s interest on the camper application, and we will send him/her a separate application to fill out specific to the CILT Program.

Questions?

Camp Seafarer
Christie Jennison (Director of Leadership Development)
Christie.Jennison@SeaGull-Seafarer.org

Camp Sea Gull
Bear Bashford (Director of Camper Life)
Bear.Bashford@SeaGull-Seafarer.org