chapel-crossThe Real Life at Camp Cherith

Campers in Leadership Training (CILT)

Boys Under Intense Leadership Training (BUILT)

Camp Cherith’s own staff development programs – CILT for girls and BUILT for boys – 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 any of the nation’s Camp Cherith locations.

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 apply by May 1 by completing a registration form and CILT application form. Click here to apply.

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

Work Opportunities

On-site work opportunities are available to campers who’ve completed at least seventh grade. These jobs offer a chance to gain experience as kitchen aides and corral aides. Participants receive a reduced camp fee.


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

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