CILT Camps

Campers in Leadership Training

In a time when teenagers are becoming more glued to technology, our Campers in Leadership Training (CILT) program thrusts them into nature, teaches them valuable lessons about the outside world, and molds them into capable young adults.


CILTs learn from experience as they shadow counselors and develop an appreciation for hard work and the great outdoors. More than assistants, CILTs have the opportunity to lead activities and projects and design curriculum. They attend weekly leadership trainings and set specific and achievable goals for the summer.


The CILT program is one part structured learning, one part self-guided leadership, and a heaping helping of fun and adventure for youth ages 12-14.


Weekly program

  • Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Locations: YMCA Youth Services Center at:
    • Beaverdam and Roberson District
      • Location to be determined by the county school board in Spring 2023
    • McDowell District at Pleasant Gardens Elementary


Three-week program

  • Three weeks only, June 26-July 14, 2023
  • Registration opens March 1, 2023
  • Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Locations: Sites in Enka, Erwin, Owen, and Reynolds districts to be determined by county school board in Spring 2023


Program Directors will be conducting placement interviews before registrations are finalized.