Leadership (Ages 16–17)
The Fun Doesn’t Stop
Seniors may be our eldest camper division in the Cody family, but beyond is the Teen Leadership Program. This program is comprised of 16-year-old Counselors In Training (CITs) and our 17-year-old Junior Counselors (JCs).
Both groups are in leadership training roles and work closely with counselors, coaches and mentors to learn the ropes.
Our Teen Leaders spend their summers enjoying camp life while learning about work ethic, helpfulness and responsibility. They collaborate with our counselors to offer the best experience possible at Cody.
Although it may seem that they’re training to become counselors, they’re really preparing to become great leaders, role models and citizens at Cody and beyond!
Counselors In Training
CITs have the benefit of enjoying camp and living with other CITs, while also learning practical skills in a close-knit team-oriented environment that serve them beyond Cody. CITs enjoy the light-hearted fun of being a camper and are exposed to the responsibilities of becoming a counselor, having the opportunity to work with coaches and other counselors in an area of interest or expertise.
Not only do they practice their skills, CITs learn how to teach their skills in a fun and effective way. Through teaching, CITs hone a keen skill set while improving communication skills, organization, and leadership.
JCs have the responsibility of caring for younger campers alongside counselors.
In co-leading the cabin, they gain confidence, learn accountability and experience the importance of supporting campers through positive leadership. They act as a counselor’s assistant, but in reality, they work as a team. They help campers stick to their schedules, lend a hand with chores, and see to the well-being of their campers.
JCs are trained to spot a camper who might be struggling and ignite meaningful friendships between campers to make Camp Cody a safe and happy environment.
Skills & Abilities
The skills that Teen Leaders learn go far beyond camp and translate into all facets of life. They might appear to be camp-specific, however they’re actually very life-specific. CITs and JCs learn leadership skills, build character, gain confidence, master effective communication, and practice accountability.
Cody recognizes ages 16 and 17 as benchmarks of maturity in a young adult’s life, when they learn about work ethic and develop the intellectual and emotional tools to excel in what they do. Cody helps CITs and JCs realize their greatest potential as community leaders and responsible members at camp and beyond, equipping them with everything they need to succeed!