Building Stronger Connections

CITs are mature campers entering grades 11 and 12 that are interested in becoming future camp counselors. This two-week or three-week program will be spent working together with experienced camp staff to learn the necessary aspects of camp counseling and youth development with an emphasis in understanding children, diversity, leadership skills and the YMCA core values of love, respect, honesty, responsibility and service.

Register Online

 Paper Registration Form 

CIT Application

Program Rates

A minimum $50 deposit is due at time of registration. The full balance is due by June 1, 2020. Camp fees can also be paid through monthly installments or paid in full at time of registration.

Rate 1 reflects the actual operating cost of camp while Rate 2 and 3 are subsidized. You may voluntarily choose the rate most suited for your family and it in no way influences the experience children receive. There are no questions asked and no documentation needed. Additional financial assistance is available.

CIT Three Week

Rate 1 | $1188 
Rate 2 | $1128
Rate 3 | $1088

CIT Two Week

Rate 1 | $975
Rate 2 | $925
Rate 3 | $875


CIT Sessions

Three Week Sessions

Session 1 | June 28–July 18
Session 2 | July 19–Aug. 8

Two Week Sessions

Session 3 | Aug. 8–Aug. 22


A Day in the Life of CITs

The first part of a C.I.T session will consist of workshops lead by C.I.T. Coordinators and Teen Directors on subjects such as goal setting, program planning, conflict resolution, and child behavior and development. C.I.T.’s spend time on our challenge course working on communication, team-building, trust and discovery of their leadership style. The last week of the session C.I.T’s will shift into the role of assistant counselor, working alongside a senior staff member as they lead young campers through regular camp activities. Support, mentoring, and written and verbal feedback will also serve to round out their learning experience.

The three week session also includes an American Red Cross Adult and Child CPR and First Aid course for which CITs will have the chance to receive this two year certification. This is a valuable certification that is required of employees within most youth serving organizations.

All applicants must complete a C.I.T Application and interview for consideration. Upon registering please review the CIT Supplemental Information Packet.

Required Documents

Please complete these necessary forms and bring them with you to camp check in. 

Medication Authorization Form

Letter to Counselor

Overnight Camp Photo ID Form

Financial Assistance

We believe that every child deserves to come to camp. With that, we offer financial assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to afford to send their children to camp. Our financial assistance comes from the funds raised through our annual campaign and unspent camp store deposits.

To apply please complete these necessary application forms and submit to:

YMCA Camp Collins–Office Administrator
3001 SE Oxbow Parkway
Gresham, OR 97080.

Financial Assistance Application

Additional Information

Financial Assistance eligibility will be determined by the Executive Director or their designee, based on a review of the required documentation. The YMCA reserves the right to refuse assistance to any applicant.

Applications must be submitted, reviewed, and accepted one week prior to the start of the session. The evaluation process may take up to five to seven business days once the completed application and all required supporting documentation has been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed. You will be contacted by a member of the camp office staff to notify you of your scholarship award.

The maximum amount of financial assistance that can be granted is capped at 65% of the total cost of camp. If scholarship is accepted before June 1st a $50 deposit is require for camp registration. Acceptance after June 1st requires total balance due at time of registration.

Financial assistance may be awarded for only one session of overnight camp, no more than three sessions of day camp or one family camp weekend. 

If you have further questions, please contact the Camp Collins office at 503.663.5813 or email us.

Commitment and Cancellation Agreement

In order to register for a program at Camp Collins both the Camper and the Parent/Guardian must read, agree to, and sign our Commitment and Cancellation Agreements. Below you will find the Camper and Parent/Guardian Agreements for our various programs. These agreements are listed on the Registration Forms of all programs.

Parent/Guardian Commitment and Cancellation Agreement

I understand it is the camper’s responsibility to participate in the whole camp program, including work, play, values sharing and living together. I have discussed with my camper that he or she may not possess or use tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, weapons of any kind, or non-prescription drugs while at camp. He or she will do his or her best to follow instructions, remain in designated areas and keep others and themselves safe. As well as do his or her best to make this a good experience for fellow campers and themselves. I understand that failure to live up to this promise might result in my camper’s dismissal from camp without a refund of fees.

Camp registration and cabin placement is on a first come-first serve basis and placement in a cabin is not guaranteed. Camp Collins strives to provide a camp opportunity to as many campers as possible and in so doing Explorer or Questor campers may be placed in one of our overflow yurts based on latest registration date (Please see Handbook for greater detail).

Included here is the required $50 deposit; I understand that the deposit is nonrefundable. I agree to pay the remaining balance of the camp fee in full no later than June 1, 2020. A space will not be held past June 3rd without full payment. If I register after June 1, 2020 I understand that payment in full is required to complete my camper’s registration. I understand that after June 1st, 50% of the total camp fee is refundable three weeks prior to the start of my child’s session. Transferring my child to another session of camp is allowed provided space is available and a written request is received at least three weeks prior to the start of their original session. I understand that no refunds are given if a child leaves camp early for any reason, drops within three weeks of their session start date, or does not show up on the first day of camp.