Leaders in Training (LIT) Program: Rising 8th-10th graders learn important skills including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving, empowering them to become leaders in classrooms, youth groups, and the workplace. Provides training to become a CIT at Camp Shelanu! This is a two week program.

Counselors in Training (CIT) Program: Rising 9th and 10th graders serve as responsible team members and leaders at Camp Shelanu and beyond! Excellent “pre-job” experience for any teen!

Both programs help teens develop the skills that are considered most valuable to colleges and employers today. Learn more about how camp is the ultimate learning environment!

Leaders in Training (LIT) Program

The LIT program at Camp Shelanu is a leadership development program designed to provide teens with the skills they need to take a leadership role in all areas of life, as well as being a valued team member. We strive to teach LITs to work together, embrace and overcome challenges, develop innovative solutions, and communicate with each other and with campers and leaders.

Through games, team-building exercises, workshops with professionals in various fields, and hands-on experience with campers, LITs develop the skills needed to thrive in school, with peers and in the future workplace.

Teens entering 8th through 10th grades in the fall are eligible to apply for the two week LIT program. Teens must interview for the program, and are accepted based on their ability to interact with younger children at Camp Shelanu and on leadership potential and maturity. Participation in the LIT program will qualify teens for the Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program.

LIT Minimum Qualifications
Applicants must:

  • Have an interest in working with younger children and have a desire to be in leadership roles.
  • Be entering the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade in the fall.
  • Submit a completed LIT application
  • Provide one reference from an adult who is not related.
  • Schedule and attend an interview.

LIT Responsibilities

Participants must:

  • Attend all program dates.
  • Actively and positively participate in all activities and lessons with the group.
  • Show responsibility and maturity, and communicate with the group during the program.
  • Enjoy working with children, have a problem-solving mindset, and be willing to learn.
  • Be a positive ambassador of the Levin JCC at all times.
  • Maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
  • Challenge him/herself to try new activities, songs, games, and public speaking.

It is important to understand that LIT applicants need to be mature and responsible to take on the application process and the two-week session. It is not the parents’ role to take on the responsibilities of the LIT; however, parents provide essential support for the teens’ success in the LIT program.

2020 Program Information:

Grades: Rising 8th, 9th, and 10th
Dates: Mon-Fri, Aug 3-7 and Aug 10-14
Costs: $515, JCC Members $465

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Participants who successfully complete the program may serve as CITs later in the summer and at School’s Out Camps throughout the year.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program


CITs will plan and implement weekly programs for younger campers, get hands-on experience working with the younger age groups, and receive coaching and feedback.  This program is not only excellent preparation to apply as a Camp Shelanu counselor, but also a valuable “pre-job” experience for any teen looking to gain leadership, responsibility, communication, and job skills. Community service hours are available!

Prerequisites: Download the checklist of prerequisites.  Applicants must complete the checklist documenting experience and training and bring it with you to your interview.

We strongly prefer that CITs be LIT program graduates. If you would like to be a CIT and have not completed the LIT program, please contact We may be able to work with applicants to complete requirements outside of the LIT program.

Grades:  Rising 9th-10th grades
Dates: Any dates of the summer.  CITs are also invited to staff training week but are not required to attend any sessions. CIT schedules are arranged with Camp Manager and Program Coordinator. Priority is given to those who can commit to 4+ weeks of camp.
Cost: $50/guests, $40/All-Inclusive Members (one time fee, not weekly).

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