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    YMCA of SF Camp Jones Gulch: Teen Leadership Camp


    • Listing Type: Summer Camps & Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July, August
    • Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Leadership
    • Sub-Categories: Counselors in Training, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Water Sports
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
    • Minimum Cost: Free
    • Accreditation: American Camp Association
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    The Leader-In-Training program is designed for campers, ages 15-17, who are interested in developing leadership skills. Young adults develop the skills it takes to be a great leader, and are given with the opportunity to practice those skills through YMCA summer camp programs.

    Camps available are -


    In this all new program, teens develop leadership skills while working with their peers. Participants bond over low and high ropes course elements, learn various leadership styles, and work together to complete a service project to benefit camp. Upon completion of the program, campers are awarded 40 community service hours. 

    Entering Grades 8-11


    Formerly known as Leaders in Training, Counselor in Training I helps 15-year-old campers develop into responsible leaders at camp and in their communities. CIT I participants enjoy traditional camp activities, learn leadership theory, conquer team building challenges, and complete at least one large service project.

    Age: 15 years old by June 1st


    Counselor in Training II (CIT II) is for 16 year old campers who wish to be a camp counselor some day.  CIT IIs participate in a mini-staff training and then spend their second week working directly with our counselors in a cabin full of younger campers.  As part of the enrollment process, campers will be interviewed prior to arrival. YMCA Staff will reach out to schedule your interview in May or June.


    Similar to our CIT II program, WITs participate in a minim staff training their first week, but they also learn horse-care skills. During their second week, WITs work directly with counselors in a cabin of our horse campers and help teach their campers horse-care and riding techniques.


    Junior Counselor, the final step prior to becoming camp counselors, is a volunteer position for 17 year-olds. Junior counselors go through a 1-week training course alongside camp staff, and then volunteer in cabin during a 2-week session over the course of the summer.  All applicants will go through an interview process to determine acceptance into this competitive program.

    Age: 17 years old (as of June 1)


    This camp is designed to provide campers the knowledge and skills necessary to be a lifeguard and professional rescuer. Campers may obtain certifications in American Safety & Health Institute's (ASHI) courses: CPR Pro for the Professional Rescuer, Basic First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen Administration. Participants can work toward gaining more experience in and around water, or take the exam to gain an actual lifeguard certification. Participants must know how to swim in order to take this course. 


    • 8 hours eLearning (sent by instructor pre-camp)
    • Tread water for 2 minutes
    • Swim 100 yards front crawl
    • Swim 50 yards of each: front crawl with head up, sidestroke, breaststroke, breaststroke with head up, and elementary backstroke kick with hands on chest

    Age: 16-17 years old by June 1, 2020