CIT Programs: Berkeley & Oakland Summer Camps - 510 Families

CIT Programs: Berkeley & Oakland Summer Camps

Thanks to Sarah's Science Camp for sponsoring this guide to CIT programs and other leadership opportunities at East Bay summer camps.

My kids have envisioned themselves being future counselors at every camp they've attended. But how do they get there?

Many summer camps have Counselor-In-Training programs, some that start as young as 10 years old, through which kids get a chance to get a little more behind the scenes, to learn some leadership skills, and to prepare for future employment opportunities. The details of CIT programs range greatly: some campers earn the title just by signing up and paying fees, while some require an application process.

CIT with campers at Sarah's Science
CITs develop leadership skills while helping campers build science projects at Sarah's Science

Counselor-In-Training program at Sarah's Science Camp

Sarah's Science Camp (Berkeley, Oakland)

The Counselor in Training (CIT) Leadership Program is for older campers ages 11+ who are interested in taking on more responsibility and developing leadership skills. CITs are teamed up with an experienced counselor to assist a group of younger campers. CITs also participate in regular camp activities and science projects. An optional First Aid Certification is provided prior to the start of the summer and additional leadership training is provided weekly throughout the summer. The CIT Program is available for single or multiple weeks and has the same fees and discounts as the regular camp program. Learn more >

More East Bay camps with CIT programs

The following camps have let 510Families.com know that they have a CIT program. Find details such as age and application process on their websites.

Find the Best East Bay Summer Camps with Youth Leadership Programs

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Monkey Business Camp

Camp description

Offering two 3-week sessions at The Berkeley School, following all Covid protocols. July 6-24 and July 27-Aug 14. Expect unplugged time to connect, with lots of time with activities set up outside. Art, games, bubble dance parties, basketball, simple food projects. Smaller groups of 12 total, so limited spaces. Two full day groups: 8:15-4:45; one part day: 10-3. A couple youth leader spaces/group.

Youth Leadership Program

Youth Leadership program for ages 10-17. Recommended 2- or 3-week term. For main camp: CIT is age 11-15, JC is age 14-17. Pre-K camp CIT is age 10-13, JC is age 14-17.

Camp Hours: 8:15 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: CIT $350/week | Junior Counselor $200/week with 2-3 week commitment

Head Over Heels Camp

Camp description

Campers, age 3-12, will receive gymnastics instruction from the highly-skilled coaches through all the Olympic events: uneven bars, parallel bars, balance beam, floor & vault. Afternoons are spent fine tuning skills, participating in activity stations, and enjoying in ample free time.

Youth Leadership Program

CIT program offers teens , age 13-14, the opportunity to experience what it takes to be a coach at Head Over Heels.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm or half days 9 am to 2 pm (preschool); 9 am to 1 pm (school-age morning) or 1 pm to 5:30 (school-age afternoon)
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: Pay camp fees ($150/week)

Gan Israel Day Camp

Camp description

New location: Outdoor camp at Oakland Hebrew Day School for June 29-July 24. Camp Gan Israel ("Gan Izzy") provides children from diverse Jewish backgrounds with joy and love for the outdoors with field trips, fishing, swimming, gardening, arts and crafts, sports, science, challah baking, and overnights.

Youth Leadership Program

All of the fun of Gan Izzy along with age-appropriate responsibilities helping little kids and coordinating activities. They receive perks such as late nights and BBQs with the counselors.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: CITs pay camp fees and receive job training and thank you camp gifts

Trackers Earth Bay

Camp description

Trackers award-winning summer camps offer authentic wilderness skills woven into real adventures. Learn fishing, farming, or homesteading; practice stealth, archery, and woodcarving; or join an epic story of secret agents, ninjas, or wizards. Grades PreK-12. After camp available.

Youth Leadership Program

Teens spend one week learning outdoor leadership skills, then serve as assistant educators for day camp programs, ranging from kayaking, hiking, paddling, climbing, and fishing.

Camp Hours: 8 am to 3:30 pm with extended care option until 6 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: Pay for one week of training.

East Bay SPCA Animal Camp

Camp description

Modified group sizes and hygiene standards this summer. The purr-fect fit for campers who are passionate about pets and want to make a difference for shelter animals -- with safety standards in mind. Animal camp is both educational and fun! Hands-on activities, animal interactions, pet-themed games, and take-home crafts. Oakland & Dublin.

Youth Leadership Program

Participants, age 12-17, assist camp staff in leading week-long sessions of Animal Camp, help facilitate crafts, games, lessons, and animal meet-and-greets.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 09:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 03:00 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: Pay $100 camp fee

Jumpin' Gymsters Sports Camps

Camp description

June camps cancelled. July/August are in the plans. One-stop camp for non-stop fun. LEGO, Ninja Warrior, parkour, gymnastics, sports, science, art, scavenger hunts, and two-week sports and theater camp that ends with a mini-performance by the campers.

Youth Leadership Program

JCITs collaborate with coaching staff to create, lead and learn how to effectively communicate with younger campers to build strong and healthy relationships. Ages 10 to 15.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 07:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: $215 / week

Sees the Day Summer Program

Camp description

Sees the Day is committed to instilling in children a respect and appreciation for each other and the natural world. Activities include: Ecological educators and performers, storytelling, beading, fairy houses, gratitude circles, cooperative games, imaginative play, and classic summertime fun!

Youth Leadership Program

CIT's can acquire valuable leadership skills by assisting with general supervision, snack service and daily operations for ages 12-16.

Camp Hours: 8:45 am to 3:45 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:45 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: Junior Counselors, 12, pay $275/week | Lead Counselors, ages 13-16, pay $225/week

Future Star Baseball Summer Camp

Camp description

June & July camps cancelled. Coach Ben and his staff are offering a variety of baseball camps for fun and skill building. Players are rewarded for giving positive reinforcement to each other in both competitive and non-competitive games and drills. A team atmosphere is maintained at all times.

Youth Leadership Program

FSB volunteer CIT's lead games and drills as well as help with set up and clean up. For ages 14+ Contact Coach Ben.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 4 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:30 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:30 am
Fees and Payment for CIT: No fees but no pay

One Generation Camp

Camp description

One Generation Camp is accepting enrollments for 7/13-7/31 session. Campers are in stable groups of 12, following all COVID protocol. One Generation Camp is an outdoor music and dance camp in Tilden park featuring West African hand drumming and dance, Brazilian Capoeira, Storytelling, Yoga and other forms of movement. One Generation focuses on teaching kindness through the arts and building community.

Youth Leadership Program

CITs learn how to manage small groups, navigate conflict resolution and lead team building exercises.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 05:00 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: CIT's pay no fees

JCC Camp

Camp description

Four-week session of in-person camp starts July 6. At JCC camp, children get messy, act silly, sing, dance, and explore with a focus on building friendships and expanding interests. Camp celebrates community-based Jewish values, and welcomes campers of all backgrounds.

Youth Leadership Program

9th & 10th graders develop leadership and professional skills while building friendships and having a blast. CITs help develop programming and act as near-peer mentors for younger campers.

Camp Hours: 9 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:15 am
    Latest Pick-up: 06:00 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: $350/ 3-week term

East Bay Dance Center Camp

Camp description

Each week campers will experience many kinds of dance including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, tumbling and African dance. Camps also feature Drama and Art. Ages 5 to 16.

Youth Leadership Program

CIT program requires an interview with the director.

Camp Hours: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
    Earliest Drop off: 08:00 am
    Latest Pick-up: 09:30 pm
Fees and Payment for CIT: Not indicated

CIT with campers at Sarah's Science
CITs help foster positive relationships among campers at Sarah's Science

Other programs for teens in the East Bay

Community Reading Buddies (Oakland)

For teens who want to do service work over the summer, Aspire Education project has created Community Reading Buddies through which Middle and High School students will work with Pre-K-3rd grade reading buddies in school settings around Oakland. The goal is literacy intervention and the teens will be trained on a reading curriculum.
Learn more >

Volunteer Match (throughout Alameda County)

This website lists volunteer opportunities such as assembling lunches for homeless people, walking dogs at the SPCA, and office work.
Visit Volunteer Match >

Berkeley YouthWorks (Berkeley)

For residents of the city of Berkeley, jobs are available in 6-7 week commitments for the summer. Must be 14 years old. Positions will be assigned in City of Berkeley organizations, ranging from childcare centers to the animal shelter or library or city offices.
Learn more >

Some summer camps are designed with older, teen campers in mind. Find one on our summer camp guide >

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