Camper Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs

The Camper in Leadership Training Program (CILT) is the 1st step in our Leadership Training programs. This is for campers currently in 10th grade who have an interest in developing skills for working in a camp or other youth service organization. If you are interested in applying for the CILT program, read the following program details and complete a camper application.

The Counselor in Training program (CIT ) is the 2nd step in our Leadership Training programs.  This is for campers who have been part of our CILT program ( or equivalent experience ), entering 12th grade. The purpose of this program is to allow interested young people the opportunity to be trained and actively participate in the activities, traditions, and operation of CIC. If you are interested in applying for the CIT program, read the following program details.

Camper in Leadership Training Program ( CILT )

CILT Program Dates:

July 8 – July 22, 2019

July 22 – August 5, 2019

Registration Process:

To be considered for the CILT program, each applicant must complete a camper enrollment form with $500 deposit. Enroll online at the link at the top right of this page. Campers will then receive the CILT questionnaire and program details by email. The questionnaire should be returned promptly. 



CILTs spend two weeks in an intense leadership training program. The expectations and privileges of CILTs are unique to camp. First and most importantly, CILTs are seen by other campers and staff as leaders. CILTs are regarded as role models to other campers. Each CILT is expected to behave in a camp appropriate manner without significant staff direction and supervision. The CILT program is very demanding physically and mentally. CILTs should be prepared for this adventure, so they can tackle the challenge personally and as part of the group. CILTs no longer participate in as many camp programs or other events as they did as campers. The CILT program is the first step towards potentially becoming a CIT or staff member at CIC.


Program Outline:

CILTs participate in leadership skills and outdoor ethics sessions. Developing these skills helps build strong leaders at camp, in school and possibly, as a future staff member.


Red Cross First Aid training: This will require some reading plus a written and skills test.


CILTs plan a Special Event for the rest of camp. It is very important that CILTs are positive and enthusiastic about these events, as others will be feeding off their energy.CILTs participate in a Service Project.


Previous projects include trail building, fennel removal, and playground refurbishment. CILTs get an opportunity to work together to help make camp and the Island better for everyone.


A 3-day hike gives future camp leaders an opportunity to leave camp and spend time as a group. The trip is physically demanding. CILTS will hike on the Trans-Catalina Island Trail, covering over 30 miles in 3 days.


Important note for Parents of CILTs: CILTs will not be at camp on Parents Day!

Counselor in Training Program ( CIT )

Conselor-in-Training Program Dates:

June 17th - June 24th

June 24th - July 8th

July 8th - July 22nd

July 22nd - August 5th

August 5th - August 12th

Counselor-in-Training (CITS); Application, Acceptance and Expectations

Application Process:

The Counselor in Training program is our final camper program for young adults who want to learn the basic skills of a camp counselor.  Applicants complete a Counselor in Training application and go through our interview process. Although the program is open to all, priority is given to former CILTs.  However being a camper, CILT or CIT does not guarantee acceptance.  Selected CITs will be placed into a session, based on availability. Please note the sessions you are not available for, and why on your application.  Once your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with more information.

This is the precursor to applying to be a general staff member, we ask that applicants, not parents, handle all aspects of the application/interview process.


Upon being offered a position as a CIT,  we ask that parents/guardians complete the following forms:

Camper Health History

Time-Off Release

Store Account



CITs spend two weeks in an intense training program. First and most importantly, CITs are the oldest campers at camp and seen as role models and leaders, along with the staff. They are assigned a younger cabin to live in, with 2 staff members.  CITS participate in daily training sessions, as well as hands-on experience leading campers.  Each CIT is expected to behave in a camp appropriate manner without significant staff direction and supervision. The CIT program is very demanding physically and mentally, as CITs have more responsibilities than a CILT, but not the same as a Staff Member.  The CIT program is another step towards potentially becoming a staff member at CIC.


Minimum Qualifications :

Entering 12th grade

Successful completion of CILT or equivalent program. (the program is open to all, priority is given to former CILTs)

Desire and ability to work with children in the outdoors

Ability to accept supervision and guidance

Good character, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control

Current CPR and First Aid certification

Maintain a well groomed-appearance during the camp session

Abide by Catalina Island Camps CIT policies


General Responsibilities & Outcomes :

Gain a greater understanding of the Mission and Outcomes of CIC

Enthusiastically participate in all CIT training sessions, camp activities and traditions

Live with a group of campers and provide active and positive leadership & build upon current skills, under the guidance of their head counselors and Leadership Coordinator

Learn how to lead a group of children

Learn how to identify and meet campers needs & communicate with them individually

Fulfill supportive roles and support the practices, rules, and policies of Catalina Island Camps.

Mainland Office for all programs

  Phone: 626-296-4040


  Catalina Island Camps
707 W Woodbury Rd Unit F Altadena CA 91001