Our older campers are in a position to share with our younger campers some of the skills and experiences that have been taught to them. In doing this, they must take on certain levels of responsibility in keeping the traditions of YMCA Camp Pepin alive for the next generation.
This two-week program is designed for our older campers who would like to develop their leadership skills while still enjoying the day-to-day camp activities. Campers who participate in the LIT program get access as a group to the more advanced activities, such as our challenge course, team building, service projects, initiatives and a three-day camping trip! Prior enrollment at Camp Pepin is not necessary to register for this camp.
Some of our best staff were once campers themselves at Camp Pepin, and the Counselors-In-Training (CIT) Camp helps to foster this exciting transition. Campers enrolled in this session gain hands-on training in what being a staff member is all about. The first week of this camp models the training that all of our staff receive prior to the beginning of summer, including time on the Challenge Course and spending the weekend on an amazing river canoe trip. The second week is spent shadowing counselors, helping run class sessions, campfires, and other camp activities.
The first week of the CIT program focuses on team building, leadership skills and working with youth on site at Camp Pepin. Students will then advance to Week 2 putting these skills into action on board the Amicus II on beautiful Lake Superior. There is no need to have prior sailing experience; it is more important that students in this program have a desire to learn and a passion for adventure.