The Four Pillars

The Secret Sauce of Leadership Development

Our transformative program is built on the four pillars of self-awareness, servanthood, faith, and collaboration. With intentional, challenging programs that teach these values, we provide young leaders with the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to make a difference back home in their own communities.

  • Self-Awareness

    Great leadership starts by understanding yourself. Our program helps campers explore their strengths and weaknesses, their personalities, and their role in a group setting. Through specific, honest feedback from loving counselors, campers learn how they impact those around them, and how they can excel in any situation.

  • Faith

    Like all of our programs, the CILT program helps our campers grow in faith. From devotions geared toward teenagers gaining independence, to the opportunities to lead a chapel, to special praise & worship sessions, CILTs teaches campers how to live out the “I’m Third” motto as leaders.

  • Servanthood

    Great leaders help others succeed. With a servant mindset, CILTs undertake a number of service projects here at Camp and in our local community. In addition, CILTs shadow overnight counselors and day camp counselors to learn more about how our counselors act as servant leaders to their campers.

  • Collaboration

    Collaboration is a key skill for 21st century leaders. That’s why CILTs helps leaders grow both as individuals and as members of a team. Through numerous team-building activities and discussion sections, CILTs learn how to provide and receive honest feedback, and how to work with others who think differently.

CILT Programming

Opportunities to lead and grow

Mornings are spent growing as a CILT group. Through CILT-exclusive team building activities, camp adventures, service projects, and more, CILTS grow closer as they learn about themselves and each other.

Afternoons are spent with “adopted cabins.” CILTs shadow overnight camp counselors during afternoon and evening activities while acting as role models for younger campers. We will continue to receive guidance from the CDC, the American Camp Association, and the local health departments regarding the safest practices with COVID. This may impact the “adopted cabins” aspect of the CILT program.

Additional activities:

  • CILT-exclusive Team-building activities at The Leadership Center
  • Leading chapel as a CILT session
  • Creating an original CILT song and cheer
  • Service opportunities at Camp and in our local community
  • Shadowing day camp counselors for a day
Relationships that stick

Cultivating Family

The CILT program isn’t just about leadership. Friendships made during CILT sessions are some of the strongest bonds formed at Camp. With 30 campers and 5-7 counselors and staff who live together, learn from one another, and spend purposeful time together, close friendships form and significant growth occurs. Through team-building activities, devotions, service projects, and more, CILTs get to know each others’ stories, passions, and strengths as they build each other up with encouragement and support. These are relationships that stick.

CILT Registration

How to register for the CILT program

Over the last few years we have seen a continual increase in the interest for CILTs. Because of this we’ve been looking at the registration process for the last few years with the goal of making registration as fair and equitable as possible. We used to open CILT registration at the same time as the rest of our summer registration (June 1) which resulted in the program filling up in an hour or less. In recent years we pushed the registration date to the first Wednesday of September which allowed us to talk to every torchbearer who came through camp about what CILTs was all about. Through this process we saw how the campers who registered and attended CILTs had a better understanding of what they were signing up for and therefore had a better experience.

So, in an effort to make the registration process as fair as possible, CILT registration is now done in a lottery systemOn Wednesday, September 6, 2023, we will open registration for one hour (from 9:00 – 10:00 AM Eastern Time). During that window, any eligible camper can put their name on the list for one or more CILT sessions. At 10:00 AM, we will close the registration window and will randomly sort all applicants, putting 20 girls and 10 boys in each session. All applicants will be notified by 12:00 PM ET on Thursday, September 7 as to whether they are registered or waitlisted for a session(s).

Starting at Noon ET on Friday, September 9 we will re-open the CILT registration so that campers who did not apply during the lottery window can be added to the waitlist.

Registration Opens in September

Register for the CILT program the first Wednesday in September. See the section above for more information.

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