Summer 2018 - For high school students who have completed their freshman or sophmore year. Students will participate in a leadership development program that will engage Counselors-In-Training (CIT) on leading games, leading or co-leading Bible studies, learning the ins and outs of event planning at Youth Camp, participating in staff meetings and staff development events, learning about their personality and leadership styles as they pertain to the group dynamic.


To equip youth that have aged out of our overnight youth camps with knowledge and experience in leadership and counseling in a summer camp format. Following their training program at W-bar-B youth camp, CIT's will be eligible to assist staff in Day Camp and Special Friends Camp or in Youth Camp should they wish to continue being involved in summer 2018 camping ministry. As CIT's, students will receive training in working with youth ages 9-15. CIT's serve alongside trained college age and adult staff learning how to direct games, activities and safely care for campers through each day's program.

Program Goals: 

To help campers discover:

  • Their own leadership style and personality type
  • Their strengths and weaknesses in a team dynamic
  • The unique needs of individual campers and how to relate to them

CIT's will also:

  • Participate in one of the established 2 week training sessions
  • Discuss Biblical principles for growth and leadership
  • Gain understanding of Warm Beach camp's philosophy and mission
  • Learn the qualities of job performance required of camp staff
  • Plan/lead games and activities
  • Learn how to teach Bible study
  • Make mature judgements when responsible for the welfare and happiness of others
  • Build healthy personal relationships
  • Contribute in positive ways as a team member


CIT candidates are a group of persons who have demonstrated readiness for training in Christian leadership. Candidates must:

  • Be actively attending Church, youth group, or Bible studies
  • Possess a confident personal relationship of faith in Christ
  • Have completed their freshman year in high school
  • Be eager for personal growth
  • Enjoy working with youth
  • Complete applicaiton in cluding two required references and go through the interview process


CIT 1-Session:  July 2 - 14, 2018
CIT 1-Session:  August 6 - 18, 2018
CIT 2-Session:  July 15 - 28, 2018
CIT 2-Session:  August 6 - 18, 2018

CIT 1 are first year CIT's who have not previously gone through the CIT Program. CIT 2 are CIT's who have completed a session of the CIT program previously.


$420 per session. The cost of the program includes the two week training session.

To Apply:

Download and complete the CIT application and return it to the Personnel Office, once application and two references (enclosed in application) are received, it will be reviewed by the hiring manager and further contact will be made. If/when acceptance is made, further information will be given regarding arrival, what-to-bring, payment etc. Best consideration will be given for applications received by June 15, 2018.

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Youth Program Leadership

Youth & Outdoor Ministries Director
Lindsey Baer-McDowell
Lindsey has always loved playing outdoors. She started on the Challenge Course at Warm Beach Camp in 2007, and found her passion. After working locally and abroad with numerous youth and outdoor organizations, she graduated in 2012 from Trinity Lutheran College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Children, Youth & Family Studies, focusing on Outdoor Leadership. Lindsey believes in the transformative power of outdoor experiences and is excited to serve as the Youth & Outdoor Ministries Director.
Youth Program Manager
Sara Rodriguez
Sara breathes, lives, and dreams camp. She’s been involved in camp ministry for nine years in many roles. Sara is passionate about ministering to youth and their relationship with Jesus. Her passion was fostered through her education as she earned her B.A. in Adolescent Ministries from IWU and her M.A. in Christian Education from DBU. Sara gives of herself with a selfless intentionality and seizes each of life’s adventures; her drive for fostering authentic community and her heart for discipleship inspires all she meets.
Challenge Course and Recreational Activities Manager
Spencer McDowell
Spencer is passionate about seeing spiritual and emotional growth in individuals and believes that challenge course and recreational activities is a great way to achieve these goals. Spencer has worked in the challenge course industry for nine years and keeps safety as a top priority. He is a qualified trainer, a certified in-house inspector, and Challenge Course Manager.