Teens in rising 7th-9th grade gain leadership skills and  summer camp counseling experience. 

Our YMCA Teen Leadership Camp / Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is designed to teach and inspire students from rising 7th grade through rising 9th grade.

Teens learn leadership and job preparation skills, gain valuable camp counseling experience, and spend time with mentors who share the Y values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring.

Students learn basic safety, group control, games, camp best practices and valuable employment skills. The program fosters healthy relationships and provides opportunities to lead.

Hands-on training experiences and professional development workshops provide the foundation of the program. The students spend their time learning about leadership in the morning, including practice in resume writing and interview skills. UVA professionals will visit the program to share information about different career paths. 

Students will practice their skills mentoring the campers in the afternoon.

Students will also enjoy swimming, weekly field trips, campfire s'mores, a counselor-vs.-camper sports tournament, and much more.

Space is limited. The student must attend every day, and can attend one or both 4-week sessions. 

Summer 2022 Teen Leadership Camp

  • WHO: Rising 7th grade - rising 9th grade
  • DATES (4-week sessions):
    • SESSION 1: June 20-July 15 
    • SESSION 2: July 18-August 12 
  • HOURS: 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • LOCATION: Brooks Family YMCA
  • WEEKLY RATE: $75 members / $100 non-members
    Financial assistance is available.

Each participant will receive a manual on their first day.  They are required to wear a uniform that is provided by the YMCA.


The application process is simple:

1) Candidates should be rising 7th grade - rising 9th grade.

2) Download the application here [PDF] >

3) Students must complete the application themselves. 

4) Return a print copy of the application to the front desk at the Brooks Family YMCA, or email a digital copy to youth@piedmontymca.org

5) Selected candidates will be notified by June 6.

Questions? Contact Cassandra Barnes at cbarnes@piedmontymca.org or (434) 974-9622.