IMG_3876Leadership Programs

Units: Gears, CIT1, and CIT2

Camp Namanu is proud to offer several options for our older campers, as they become ready to take on additional responsibility at camp and at home. While Namanu is staffed by a team of experienced Counselors, our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program gets 10th-12th graders ready for the option of stepping into that leadership role. Prior to becoming a CIT, our Gears program offers the opportunity to begin getting more involved in the planning and maintenance of a summer camp.


Gears Program | Grade 10-12

Sessions offered: 1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8

This program is for high school campers who want to get more involved in camp by giving back. Gears participants help to evaluate the needs of camp and complete a number of projects. This will include working our facilities staff to complete service projects that have included staining buildings, trail maintenance, and wood working.  Participants can expect to work hard and then have the opportunity to experience some of the fun things at Camp Namanu after completing their daily tasks. Some campers spend time in the Gears Program before entering CIT program – however, participation in Gears does not guarantee placement as a CIT.

Gears Application available now
Gears Application Deadline is March 7, 2016
Send application and essay to Natalie Lindsey, Program Manager

“Many, many thanks to staff, counselors, CITs and fellow campers who participated in weeks 5 and 6. Our son, Steven, had an outstanding time…” –  Parent of Namanu Gears Camper


The Counselor In Training 1 (CIT1) Program | Grade 10-12

Sessions Offered: 7/31 to 8/20* – $840

*CITs return home between sessions (Saturday)

CIT 1 Application available now
CIT 1 Application Deadline is March 7, 2016
Send application and essay to Natalie Lindsey, Program Manager

Camp Namanu’s 2-year Counselor in Training (CIT) program transitions youth from campers to potential staff members. CITs follow a dynamic leadership curriculum designed to teach them about child development, behavior management, communication, decision-making and leadership. These young leaders receive mentoring, weekly evaluations, gain meaningful real-life experiences, and are empowered to make and live by their own good decisions.

CIT 1 applicants must be 15 – 18 years old and entering the 10th – 12th grade in the fall of 2016.


The Counselor In Training 2 (CIT2) Program | Grade 12

7/3 to 7/27* – $895

*CITs return home between standard sessions (Saturday)

CIT 2 participants have already completed CIT 1 and are invited to attend the second year of the program.

Camp Namanu FAQs