Leadership Development at Cherith

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Camp Cherith offers leadership training for both girls and boys.  The program for girls is called CILT (Campers in Leadership Training) and for boys it is called BUILT (Boys Under Intense Leadership Training).

Both are two-year programs for campers who’ve completed tenth grade and want to develop leadership skills with an emphasis on spiritual growth. It is an intensive commitment, including the planning and implementation of various camp activities, reading and teaching assignments, and finally a week of actual counseling experience on site. It gives participants the tools necessary to serve as an effective staff member at Camp Cherith.

Both programs begin with two weeks at camp. Outside the camping season, the participants meet as a group with their respective CILT or BUILT coordinator(s) and mentor(s) for instruction sessions. Interested candidates should select CILT or BUILT when registering.

Here is some additional information on the CILT and BUILT Leadership Programs

COURSE OVERVIEW

The Campers in Leadership Training (CILT) program provides a unique educational and practical challenge for high school age campers with leadership potential.  Participants will have opportunities to increase their skills and abilities, deepen their knowledge and service in their churches, camps, and communities.

The course is a two-step program.  CILT I and CILT II usually consist of two weeks at camp during each of two consecutive summers, plus assignments to complete during the school year between summers.  CILTs spend a minimum of one activity class period per day at camp covering lesson material led by the CILT instructor or other assigned staff member. Reading assignments are completed prior to each class, preparing CILTs for the lesson content, discussion, related activities, and application.

Under adult supervision, CILTs gain practical experience by working with younger campers–leading songfest, games, Bible studies, and evening programs; helping with cookouts; teaching camp skills; and assisting in camp functions.

CILTs also choose camp activity skills as specialties, progressing through achievements to high levels of proficiency, which often include certification from national organizations.  CILTs learn to demonstrate and teach their specialty skills to younger campers.

GUIDELINES and QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum requirements are determined by Camp Cherith in order to maintain consistent standards within the network of camps.  The guidelines are as follows:

  • The CILT program must take at least two summers to complete both CILT I and CILT II.

A CILT must:

1. Complete all lesson assignments given by the CILT instructor.
2. Develop a comprehensive resource file
3. Complete activity specialty requirements.
4. Complete a live-in counseling experience for at least 24 hours during CILT II.
5. Be evaluated after completing CILT I before being accepted into the CILT II program.

A participant must meet the following qualifications:

1. Must be 16 years old or have finished 10th grade.
2. Must have completed at least one week as a Cherith camper.  (Exception: special recommendation to camp director.)
3. Must display the following traits:

– Vital Christian testimony
– Leadership ability
– Willingness to learn
– Cooperation
– Dependability
– Responsibility

4. Must be interested in working with children.
5. Must receive recommendation from Youth Pastor or Director of Christian Education and another adult who has observed the application in a position of leadership.

COURSE OVERVIEW

The BUILT (Boys Under Intense Leadership Training) provides a unique educational and practical challenge for high school aged campers wishing to develop their leadership skills..  The outcome/goal of the program is to continue to pour into these kids and prepare them to be leaders at camp (counselors/staff) and leaders in life (youth groups, school, work, etc.).  The “Intense” portion is salvation and discipleship. Since these boys are older, we desire to ensure they are secure in their salvation and not only know what means to be a disciple (follower of Jesus) but are actually doing it.  

BUILT is a 2 year leadership training program that starts the summer after a camper’s sophomore year of high school and continues through the year to be completed the summer following their junior year of high school.  

BUILTs gain practical experience by working with younger campers–leading games,and  Bible studies; teaching camp skills; and assisting in camp functions.

BUILTs also choose camp activity skills as specialties, progressing through achievements to high levels of proficiency, which often include certification from national organizations.  BUILTs learn to demonstrate and teach their specialty skills to younger campers.

GUIDELINES and QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum requirements are determined by Camp Cherith in order to maintain consistent standards within the network of camps.  The guidelines are as follows:

  • The BUILT program must take at least two summers to complete BUILT I and BUILT II.

A BUILT must:

1. Complete all lesson assignments given by the BUILT instructor.
2. Complete activity specialty requirements.

A participant must meet the following qualifications:

1. Must be 16 years old or have finished 10th grade.
2. Must have completed at least one week as a Cherith camper.  (Exception: special recommendation to camp director.)
3. Must display the following traits:

– Vital Christian testimony
– Leadership ability
– Willingness to learn
– Cooperation
– Dependability
– Responsibility

4. Must be interested in working with children.

I made friends for life in my CILT class and graduated feeling like I could do just about anything!” —Holly

Other Camp Work Opportunities

On-site work opportunities are available to campers who’ve completed at least sixth grade. These jobs offer a chance to gain experience as Kitchen Aides or Corral Aides (boys) and Sweat and Serve (girls). Participants receive a reduced camp fee. Indicate your interest when you register.

Sweat & Serve is for girls who have completed 6th grade or above and will show campers that work can be fun and rewarding.  Sweat & Serve includes quality leadership training, participation in one skill-based activity, daily cabin times, Bible studies, lessons in servanthood, as well as participation in cabin cookout and all-camp game. Sweat and Serve campers will learn new skills through setting tables, washing dishes, cleaning bathrooms and showers, as well as other basic maintenance projects. Accompanied by a counselor these girls will learn to have a servant’s heart and build strong leadership skills.

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“I enjoyed working in the kitchen with the cooks. It was a way to serve, plus I was able to pay part of my way.” —Shannon