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Camp Internship for Leadership Training (Grades 10-12 )

High School Internships

Our Camp Internship for Leadership Training (CILT) program is for students entering 10th – 12th grades in the fall. This volunteer program is an opportunity to gain valuable college and workplace skills through teaching, playing with, and learning from children. If you are interested in a summer outdoors working with children, we encourage you to apply!

Under the supervision of the Leadership Team and the senior staff, you would be placed with up to four different camper groups during the summer. This allows you to observe and participate in many different styles of group leadership and provides the opportunity to learn about children of different ages. As the summer progresses, you will expand your skills to develop your own style when working with children.

Important things to know
  • All applicants must complete an application and participate in an individual interview.
  • The CILTs are our oldest campers in camp and have a registration fee ($50.00).
  • CILTs participate in two required Saturday orientation days prior to the start of camp to learn about the Camp Kinneret philosophy, camp leadership, positive approaches to discipline, and the importance of being a positive role model.
    • Our 2021, CILT orientation dates will be on three Saturdays in the spring of 2021. Specific dates are May 1st, May 15, and May 22 and will be a mixture of in-person and virtual.
  • Once camp starts, CILTs receive ongoing one-on-one coaching from a Leadership Team member.
  • Daily transportation is provided from our designated bus meeting points.
  • While many CILTs are former campers, this is not a requirement and we welcome CILTs who are new to Camp Kinneret.
  • At the end of the summer, an honorarium is awarded to all CILTs who have successfully completed the program.
  • Many high schools accept CILT hours for community service credit.
  • CILTs must commit to a minimum of 2 full rotations (4-5 weeks depending on the session), but CILTs are strongly encouraged to attend for at least 3 of the 4 rotations. Extended participation provides greater opportunities for learning, evaluation, and feedback.
  • CILTs attend camp 5 days each week.

Camp was a great experience for me as it helped me grow and develop the skills it takes to be a leader. I enjoyed taking on challenges that were out of my comfort zone… I had an awesome summer!

– Rebecca K., Camp Kinneret CILT

What is the C.I.L.T. Program?

Camp Kinneret offers a Camp Internship for Leadership Training (CILT) program for students entering 10th – 12th grades next fall. This volunteer internship is an opportunity to gain valuable 21st-century skills through teaching, playing with, and learning from children.

What are 21st Century Skills?

21st Century skills are 12 abilities that today’s students need to succeed in their careers during the Information Age.

The twelve 21st Century skills are:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Information literacy
  • Media literacy
  • Technology literacy
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Productivity
  • Social skills

 
These skills are intended to help students keep up with the lightning-pace of today’s modern markets. Each skill is unique in how it helps students, but they all have one quality in common.

They’re essential in the age of the Internet.


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What is the Application Process

All applicants must complete an application and participate in an individual interview. The CILTs are our oldest campers in camp and have a registration fee of $50. CILTs participate in two-three mandatory Saturday orientation days prior to the summer.

How many days do CILTs attend camp?

CILT participation requires attendance for a minimum of 2 full rotations (4-5 weeks depending on the session), but CILTs are strongly encouraged to attend for at least 3 of the 4 rotations. CILTs must attend camp for all 5 days a week. Each day is approximately 8:30 am-4:30 pm but will vary depending on where you live.

What are the CILT rotation dates for 2021?

  • Rotation 1 (3 weeks): June 14-July 2
  • Rotation 2 (2 weeks): July 5-July 16
  • Rotation 3 (2 weeks): July 19-July 30
  • Rotation 4 (2 weeks): August 2-August 13

Transportation and Drop-Off/Pick-Up

In a typical summer we offer bus transportation from the San Fernando and Conejo Valleys. However, due to Covid-19, we are unsure what bus transportation will look like for this summer. If we are able to provide transportation, it will most likely serve families that are located further away from camp. If transportation will be an issue for you, please discuss it with your interviewer.

If you are planning on driving to camp this summer:
  • AM: 8:30 – 9:00
  • PM: 3:50 – 4:30
Summer 2021 Potential Bus Stop Locations

Bus #Bus Stop LocationAM Bus DepartsPM Bus Arrives
Bus 1Beeman Park (Milbank St. & Beeman Ave.)TBDTBD
Bus 3Encino Elementary (Addison St. 1 block west of Balboa Blvd.)TBDTBD
Bus 4Serrania Park (Wells Dr. east of Serrania Ave.) *Likely Session 3 OnlyTBDTBD
Bus 7The Commons in Calabasas (AM - Babies 'R' Us / PM - The Commons directly across from Babies 'R' Us)TBDTBD
Bus 8Lang Ranch Elementary (Sandhurst Ave. side adjacent to the parking lot) *Likely Session 3 OnlyTBDTBD
Bus 11Miller Park (Off Miller Pkwy. between New Los Angeles Ave. & Tierra Rejada Rd.) *Likely Session 3 OnlyTBDTBD
Bus 12Temple Adat Elohim (On E. Hillcrest Drive - East side of Temple parking lot next to the sanctuary) *Likely Session 3 OnlyTBDTBD

If transportation will be an issue for you, please discuss it with your interviewer.

How many camper groups will I be paired with?

Under the supervision of the Leadership Team and the senior staff, you would be placed with up to four different camper groups during the summer. This allows you to observe and participate in many different styles of group leadership and provides the opportunity to work with children of different ages. Volunteering and learning at camp is experiential, hands-on, and tailored to each individual CILT.

What will I do as a CILT?

As a CILT you will assist and support your counselor in fostering a positive camp experience for all campers. You will help campers develop social skills as they meet new people, make friends, and solve disputes, while also helping them develop physical skills by teaching them sports and games and playing at their level. You will learn and follow camp discipline techniques and enforce camp rules with your campers. As a CILT you will also accompany campers around the site (for instance to the first aid office, to the bathroom) and keep campers safe and accounted for and help younger campers with basic tasks like tying shoes, pouring milk, or preparing for swim.

How will I benefit from being in the CILT program?

We are committed to development and growth. You will set goals for personal growth and work towards building your skills. As a CILT you will meet with your leadership team support person and/or the camp director for feedback and coaching throughout your rotations.

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  • Applicants must be entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades after the summer to be eligible for the CILT program