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Leaders in Training

Leaders in Training (LIT) and Counselors in Training (CIT).

Youth ages 15 and 16 are invited to embark on a leadership journey designed to support your transition from a camper to camp leader through mentorship, teambuilding, and hands-on, practical learning. YMCA Leaders In Training (LIT) and Counselors In Training (CIT) participants leave our programs knowing themselves better, trusting in their abilities, and feeling inspired to grow and take positive risks long after their time at camp has ended.


Discover the LIT and CIT programs at all three of our overnight camps.


  • Camp Belwood (Fergus)

  • Camp Ki-Wa-Y (St. Clements)

  • Camp Waabanaki (Huntsville) 

Leaders in Training (LIT)

Ages 15+ (turning 15 in the calendar year)  
Cost: $2,875 +HST/month — fee assistance available
Applications open Jan. 1-8, 2023 


Applying for the LIT program is a big and exciting step in a camper’s journey. The LIT program is the first part of a two-year training program designed to develop confidence and leadership abilities through skill development, goal setting, and teamwork. In the LIT program you will have the opportunity to master the skills you learned as a camper. Successful LITs will be invited to apply to become a Counsellors in Training (CIT) in 2024. As an LIT, your focus will be:


  • Leadership skill development including communication, goal setting, problem solving, teamwork, coaching, and mentorship

  • Mental health and well-being through reflection and journaling

  • Camp skill mastery including kayaking, canoeing, archery, and outdoor living (ODL)

  • LITs work towards Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Certifications

2023 Dates


Session 1: July 3-29  
Camp sessions 1 through 4


Session 2: July 31-Aug. 26 
Camp sessions 5 through 8 


There are no fees due at the time of application. Once we have the opportunity to review applications, we will invite selected candidates to register for the program. At that time, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is required to secure your space. If there are more successful applicants than spaces, we will conduct a draw to award spaces.  


When applying:

Select your camp 
Select ‘LIT Expression of Interest’ 

Counselors in Training (CIT)

Ages 16+ (turning 16 in the calendar year)  
Cost: No cost 
Earn up to 320 OSSD/high school community involvement hours 
Applications open Jan. 1-28, 2023


Counselors In Training (CIT) is the second stage of our overnight camp leadership program, and requires the successful completion/evaluation of the LIT program. CITs will have the opportunity to join a vibrant and diverse camp family that is working to make a difference in our campers' lives. They will be matched with a counselor in a cabin and help provide mentorship and friendship to our campers, assist in program delivery and supervision, meal times, and cabin routines. CITs will work with their CIT trainer on weekly training modules and receive regular feedback. CITs will gain experience and rotate through the following roles: being a CIT in a cabin, at the waterfront, in the kitchen, or at day camp (Ki-Wa-Y and Belwood only). Successful CITs will be invited to apply to become a camp staff the following year. 


It is mandatory that all CITs attend staff training, as CITs are considered part of the staff team.


2023 Dates

CIT training weekend: April 15-16, 2023 
Staff weekend training: June 26-July 2, 2023 
Choose a 6-week or 8-week placement

Camp Schedule — Belwood & Ki-Wa-Y     

Session 1    July 3 – 8 
Session 2    July 10 – 15 
Session 3    July 17 – 22 

Session 4    July 24 – 29 

Session 5    July 31 – Aug. 5 

Session 6    Aug. 7 – 12 

Session 7    Aug. 14 – 19 

Session 8    Aug. 21 – 26 

Camp Schedule — Camp Waabanaki 

Session 1    July 3 – 15 

Session 1a  July 3 – 8 

Session 1b  July 10 – 15 

Session 2    July 17 – 29 

Session 3    July 31 – Aug. 12 

Session 4    Aug. 14 – 26 

Session 4a  Aug. 14 – 19 

Session 4b  Aug. 21 – 26 


When applying:

Select your camp 
Select ‘CIT Expression of Interest’ 

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