Teen Leadership Program
In support of Beber Camp’s Mission, the Teen Leadership Program strives to build, strengthen, and develop our participant’s skill sets and Jewish identities in order to prepare them to become active Jewish leaders at camp and in their home communities.
This is an acceptance-based program spanning 2 summers at camp for entering 11th and 12th graders, each program with its own application. Though recommended, it is not mandatory to participate in the Pio program in order to be a CIT.
The Pioneer program is the first year of the two-year acceptance-based Teen Leadership program. The first four weeks, which takes place at camp, focus on leadership skill development, teambuilding, community service and further exploration of their Jewish identity. After the first four weeks, the Pioneers have the option of participating in a 3-week trip to Poland and Israel designed to deepen their knowledge and connection to Judaism and the Land of Israel.
The Pioneer program is the beginning of the participant’s transition from camper to staff as they are given more responsibilities and independence. Pioneers will begin to explore the three main tenets of the Beber Tree: Childcare, Judaics, and Programming, as well as gain a deeper understanding of Beber’s core Values, Mission and Vision. Through this exploration, Pioneers will begin to understand the intentionality and importance of building community and working together as a group to accomplish various tasks.
The purpose of the Beber Camp Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is to further develop participants’ Jewish identities and leadership skill sets while introducing training specific to counseling skills. While the Pio program focuses on what it means to be part of a community, the CIT program shifts focus to what it means to lead a community.
The CIT experience is an 8-week program where participants live and train together for the first 4 weeks. During the second 4 weeks, participants live in-bunk with campers and a group of co-counselors during which time they have the opportunity to safely apply the skills they have developed and been trained on.