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. While Namanu is staffed by a team of experienced Counselors, our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program gets 10th-12th graders ready for the option of stepping into that leadership role. Prior to becoming a CIT, our Gears program offers the opportunity to begin getting more involved in the behind the scenes skills needed at camp while serving as a chance to put leadership skills to the test.

2017 Gears Applications Available Now for Session 7/8!

Download the 2017 Gears Application here. Applications will be considered in the order they are received.


Gears Program | Grade 10-12

2017 Information Below:
Sessions offered:
1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 (Limited space in sessions 7/8 ONLY!)

2017 Gears Sessions Calendar

This program is for high school campers who want to get more involved in camp by giving back. Gears participants help to keep the dining hall running smoothly while having fun and working as a team. They may choose to complete other projects in order to leave a lasting impact on Namanu based on the needs of our facilities staff. Participants can expect to work hard and then have the opportunity to experience some of the fun things at Camp Namanu. Some campers spend time in the Gears Program before entering CIT program – however, participation in Gears does not guarantee placement as a CIT.

Download the 2017 Gears Application here. Gears priority applications are due January 30, 2017 to the Camp Fire Columbia office (1411 SW Morrison St. #300 Portland, OR 97205) or emailed to

Applications will not be considered after May 12, 2017.


The Counselor In Training 1 (CIT1) Program | Grade 10-12

Sessions Offered: 7/30 to 8/19*
*CITs return home between sessions (Saturday)

2017 CIT Sessions Calendar

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 evaluations, gain meaningful real-life experiences, and are empowered to make and live by their own good decisions.

CIT 1 applicants must be 15 – 18 years old and entering the 10th – 12th grade in the fall of 2017.

New for 2017:
Are you looking to maybe become a Counselor In Training (CIT) at Camp Namanu in the next couple of years?
Now you can test it out. During the last week of Camp in 2017 we are having a special week for those campers going into 9th and 10th grade that want to see what being a CIT is all about. Want to lead some songs in front of Raker Lodge? You got it! Want to shadow some counselors and specialists? Now you can! Want to sleep in the BRAND NEW CIT cabins and learn about youth development in Tawanka? Now is your chance! This could help you decide if you would like to potentially apply to become a CIT in 2018 or 2019. Register for this new CIT session here.


The Counselor In Training 2 (CIT2) Program | Grade 12

7/2 to 7/26* 

*CITs return home between standard sessions (Saturday)
CIT 2 participants have already completed CIT 1 and are invited to attend the second year of the program.






Kasen, age 6, attended Mini Blue Wing for his first time last summer 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 chilling in Raker in camp
craft style play pens built of sideways benches, noweager to go on hikes and write letters to Mr Skriggleboggle.

- Jamie Sandness

Namanu alum and mom to Kasen (age 6)



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