Teen Leadership

Counselor in Training Registration Required

During this two-week summer camp, participants learn the skills necessary to be an effective summer camp counselor. Councelors in Training may be offered volunteer positions for the remaining weeks of summer.


Ages: 14-17 Fees: Training Week | $130 for YMCA Members // $160 for Community Members Fieldwork | No fee PROGRAM OVERVIEW The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program is a progressive, experiential, education course designed to help young people develop their awareness and basic skills of youth work leadership and enhanced with an intentional leadership development design. This workforce development curricula is designed to develop the people and technical skills necessary to be an effective, competent and compassionate youth-worker, possessing all of the core competencies the YMCA recognizes are vital to success as a counselor in either a YMCA Day Camp or our Y After School Setting. While it is not �working� at camp in the same sense as a staff member, as a CIT, participants are still technically a youth participant and therefore bound by many of the same rules and restrictions as regular campers. CIT is a training program that teaches leadership skills. CITs are not paid and they are not guaranteed a staff position at the completion of the program. The YMCA�s CIT program teaches management and leadership skills, providing basic training in such areas as child abuse prevention, time management, curriculum development. The CIT curriculum exposes participants to all of the same training that YMCA counselors must go through, and if possible, more training. Participants will alternate between hands-on experiences working with a specific age-group or shadowing adult counselors and classroom and learning-based experiences including group discussing, panels, workshops, and lectures. Participation in CIT programs can lead to leadership opportunities at school, the YMCA, in extracurricular activities and employment opportunities.

Zak Padayao at 360-307-4013

Kitsap Mock Trial Team Registration Required

High school students are introduced to the legal system through a connection with local attorney coaches. Students learn to argue fictional cases in real-world courthouse settings.

Zak Padayao at 360-307-4013

Safe Sitters Babysitting Training Registration Required

Covers skills required for a safe babysitter; supervision and play with children of various ages, basic child care, basic first aid, safety precautions, accident prevention, and critical emergency action skills.


Cost: 55 Y Members | 65 Community Members

Edna Cabalfin at 360-307-4041

Summer Teen Volunteer Program Registration Required

2019 Summer Teen Volunteer Program

Make an impact in your community by working with kids ages 3-12 in the Summer Day Camp Program. Meet and work with like-minded teens from other schools; learn from college-age counselors; gain community service hours for school and/or college applications; gain invaluable skills working with kids and learn how to be successful in a workplace.  We would love you to join STVP and have a fantastic summer experience.  Training and preparation will be provided to be prepared for the summer.

Sign Up packets and training dates will be available at branches Friday, March 15, 2019.

  • Ages: 13-18
  • Dates: June 17 through August 30 (dates vary by branch)
    • Monday through Friday
    • 8:30am-4pm or 8:30am-12pm


  • Provide opportunities for teens develop work skills.
  • Increase program opportunities for teens.
  • Introduce teens to potential YMCA career opportunities.
  • Completion of a minimum of 40 to 80 hours of volunteer work per teen.
  • Teens obtain a positive experience with campers, peers, and counselors.

Ages 13 and 14: Assigned to Itty Bitty groups (ages 3 and 4) and/or Camp 56 groups (ages 5 and 6).

Ages 15 and 16: Assigned to age groups 9 or 10 and under.

Ages 17 and 18: Assigned to all age groups.Deadline to sign up: 

Friday, May 31, 2019: Pick up the Summer Teen Volunteer Program Packet at the branch Welcome Center or from the branch Day Camp Director, complete the Volunteer Application, provide three references with emails will be needed for the application to be finalized. 


Complete Volunteer Application. Sign or fill out the required documents with parent signature where needed, including application, waiver, job description, Code of Conduct, and Commitment Date Form (sessions in which to work).

Commit to two weeks of volunteering during the summer. The two weeks do not have to be consecutive. Teens may volunteer for more than two weeks of day camp; however, staff will have the ability to direct the volunteer to take a week off if exhaustion is a factor for the teen. Weeks need to be identified prior to the start of the summer. 

Attend all required trainings. Trainings will be scheduled between April and June. All trainings must be completed prior to the start of the summer season (See Training Schedule for dates and times).

In addition, all STVP participants will participate in at least one all Summer Day Camp branch training, to be conducted jointly with all Summer Day Camp staff for the purpose of establishing relationships with all STVP participants, counselors and day camp leadership structure. STVP 2s will be invited to the Association Day Camp Training.*

*Branch and Association training are highly recommended but attending both is not required to participate in STVP.

Jennifer Bekeny at 360-307-4009