Leadership Training (CILT/CIT)

Many of our campers return year after year, and even join our staff! Kennolyn is proud to offer a popular and inspirational Leadership Training course, beginning with the 2 week CILT program for campers entering 10th grade. Those who successfully complete CILT training may be invited to return the following summer as CITs.

The CILT Program

It’s the Kennolyn you know and love, but geared specifically for 10th graders!

CILT Quote: “I think it was valuable. I learned how to work out problems. I learned how to work as a team better, and to trust and communicate better”.

So, you’ve been to Kennolyn before and had a fantastic time. You are eager to come back to camp, but are in high school now and ready for some exciting new challenges! Our Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) Program was created just for you, with special activities and responsibilities appropriate to your age and abilities. First time campers can also enroll in the CILT program.

CILTS choose three regular activity periods in the morning, and afternoons are filled with a wide variety of individual and group activities that are challenging but fun. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could learn all of your high school subjects while making a cake blind-folded, playing a giant game of hide and seek, teaching a basketball class, or diving in a swimming hole? These activities teach you a lot about yourself and your potential.

CILTsThe CILT as a Camper…
Every morning, CILTs have the opportunity to be regular Kennolyn Campers. You choose three activities, such as Hilltop Ropes Course, Horseback Riding and Mountain Biking. You share your cabin with a CILT coordinator, who is sort of like an older brother or sister who will crack down on you only if you deserve it!

The CILT as a Participant in Leadership Training…
Each afternoon, CILTs spend three hours together with the coordinators, playing games, doing challenging initiatives, discussing various topics related to leadership, and observing activities to see what it takes to teach them effectively. This valuable time helps you discover who you are and grow as an individual.

The CILT as a Role Model and Counselor Helper…
Each CILT is assigned dedicated time to spend with a cabin of younger campers, offering the chance to assist counselors and campers during meals, evening activities etc. Perhaps the biggest opportunity for you to step up and take some responsibility is during the second Outpost of the session, which you will spend with your assigned cabin helping to ensure a fun and safe experience for all. For many, this is a favorite part of the CILT program, even for those who were unsure coming into it!

Benefits of being a CILT at camp include:

  • A later bedtime than campers (9:30pm)
  • An amazing kayak trip at Elkhorn Slough where seals, otter, and other sea creatures come right up to the boat
  • Experience some responsibility, friendships, a glimpse of life as a counselor
  • Senior Camper BBQ
  • An awesome Outpost at Soquel Creek

CIT Program

CIT's at CampfireCounselor in Training (CIT) is for campers entering 11th grade and is the second year of the three-year Leadership Program.  Enrollment is limited, and is open to those who have successfully graduated from the CILT program and received an invitation to participate.

CIT sessions are 2 or 3 weeks in length. CITs live in groups with their counselors at Resident Camp, but train Monday-Friday at Day Camp, where they can get far more hands on opportunities to work with younger campers. In addition, CITs take important First Aid, CPR and Kennolyn Water Safety classes.

Social activities are planned, including opportunities to visit Santa Cruz for dinner, shopping and relaxation.  All off-camp trips are organized and chaperoned by Kennolyn staff. Evenings are spent at resident camp joining in with campfire and helping with special activities. CIT Safari (organized by CITs, who dress up as Wild Animals and Park Rangers) is one of Kennolyn’s most popular evening activities.

JC Program

JC (Junior Counselor) is for campers entering 12th grade and is the final year of the three-year Leadership Program. JCs have increased responsibilities and opportunities during their 3 weeks at camp, and most go on to join our staff.

CIT dress up


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