Leadership Programs

Units: Gears, CIT1, and CIT2

Camp Namanu is proud to offer several options for our older campers, as they become ready to take on additional responsibility at camp and at home. Both programs below require an application and acceptance prior to registration.

Gears Program | Grade 10-12

This program is for high school-aged campers who want to get more involved in camp by giving back. Gears campers help to keep the dining hall running smoothly by leading meals with the Dining Hall Director, making announcements, sharing dietary information, leading kitchen patrol with other units, doing dishes and having fun working as a team. Participants can expect to work hard and play hard while still experiencing the magic of camp. Some campers spend time in the Gears Program before entering CIT program – however, participation in Gears does not guarantee placement as a CIT. Most of our Gears sessions last two weeks, except for our Session 7 program. Applicants must be 15 – 18 years old and entering the 10th – 12th grade in the fall of 2021.

Typical Gears Session Options:

  • Session 1 & 2
  • Session 3 & 4
  • Session 5 & 6
  • Session 7

Note Gears return home on the weekends between sessions, except for Session 7


CIT 1 & 2: The Counselor-In-Training Program | Grade 10-12


Camp Namanu’s 2-year Counselor in Training (CIT) program transitions youth from campers to potential staff members. CITs follow a dynamic leadership curriculum designed to teach them about child development, behavior management, communication, decision-making and leadership. These young leaders receive mentoring, weekly feedback, gain meaningful real-life experiences, and are empowered to make and live by their own good decisions.

  • The program curriculum is split between two summers:
    • CIT 1 – Program participants attend sessions 5, 6, and 7 in their first summer.
    • CIT 2 – Program participants attend sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4 in their second summer. A program graduation ceremony will be held at the end of session 4.
  • Applicants must be 15 – 18 years old and entering the 10th – 12th grade in the fall of 2021. Note 11th & 12th graders will be given first priority.
  • This program does have limited space so we cannot guarantee acceptance to all applicants.
  • CITs return home on the weekends between sessions.
  • To participate in CIT 2 participants should have already completed CIT 1 and will be invited to attend the second year of the program.


Kasen, attended Mini Blue Wing for his first time at the age of 6 though his first visit was to family camp in 2009 when he was 9 days old. Since then he has returned for Family Camp every year it has been offered and many service weekends, initially hanging out in Raker doing arts and crafts, and now eagerly wanting to go on hikes and write letters to Mr Skriggleboggle.

- Jamie Sandness

Namanu alum and mom to Kasen



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