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.
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. In 2019 we will offer a single week Gears option also, during Session 7. Please note that Gears, like CIT’s return home each Saturday and come back to Camp Sundays, with the exception of the Extended Session Gears.
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. *CITs return home between sessions (Saturday).
CIT 1 applicants must be 15 – 18 years old and entering the 10th – 12th grade in the fall of 2020.
*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.
Namanu alum and mom to Kasen
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.