Camper In Leadership Training (CILT)

The Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program provides a unique educational and practical challenge for high school age campers with leadership potential. CILT trains them for future leadership and service in their churches, camps, and communities.

The CILT course is a three- or four-year program consisting of one week at camp during each of three or four consecutive summers plus assignments to complete during the school year between summers.

Under adult supervision, CILTs gain practical experience by working with younger campers: leading songfests, games, Bible studies, and evening programs, helping with cookouts, teaching camp skills, and assisting in camp functions.

The CILT program is offered to high school campers at Cedarbrook camps across the United States.

CILTs learn:

    • To build a fire and lead a cookout
    • Camper characteristics in class and by observation
    • Leadership skills
    • Why we do what we do at Cedarbrook
    • To prepare and lead Bible Exploration and activities
    • To plan and lead songfest
    • To develop a resource file
    • To grow in their relationship to God
  • Much more…


    1. Have finished the 9th grade for a 3-yr. program, or have finished the 8th grade for a 4-yr. program.
    2. Have at least one week experience as a Land o’ Lincoln Camp Cedarbrook camper (Exception: special recommendation from the camp director).
    3. Display the following traits: vital Christian testimony, leadership ability, willingness to learn, cooperation, dependability, responsibility.
    4. Be interested in working with children.
    5. Must obtain recommendations from pastor, youth pastor, or director of Christian education, and another adult who has observed applicant in a position of leadership.

Basic Requirements

    • Attend camp for three or four consecutive summers to complete the program.
    •  Come to camp as a camper and pay the regular fees. Scholarships may be available.
    • Complete all lesson assignments given by the CILT instructor.
    • Complete a live-in counseling experience for at least 24 hours during the final summer.
    • Complete the activity specialty requirements (i.e. archery, riflery, canoeing, creative arts, campcraft, crafts, etc.).
    • Be evaluated each year to determine eligibility to continue.
  • The completion of the course does not necessarily guarantee a staff position.

How to Become Part of CILT

Pray about it and ask God if you should become involved in the CILT program.

Talk to your parents to see how they feel about it. Discuss it with your pastor, youth director, camp staff person, or trusted friend.

During the online registration process, indicate your interest in beginning CILT.

Fill out the application and send the three recommendation forms to the appropriate people.  After these are reviewed, you will be informed concerning your acceptance into the program.