Teen Camps

Building Stronger Connections

Teen Camp | Entering grades 9–11

Designed for teenagers who want to get outdoors, make new friends and participate in activities that challenge them in a variety of different ways. Teen Camp intentionally puts a strong emphasis on self-discovery, personal growth, teamwork, personal responsibility and positive communication. At camp we recognize that teenagers are discovering who they are and choosing who they want to be. Teen Counselors harness this energy and create learning opportunities and discussions around these important moments whether they happen on the challenge course or in their village during nighttime debrief activities.

A Day in the Life of a Teen Camper

Teens stay in the rustic River Village where they are introduced to outdoor living skills such as fire and shelter-building while practicing Leave No Trace principles. During their second week of camp, teens head out on the Deschutes River for a two-day, one-night rafting trip, joined by their Teen Counselors and experienced guides from River Drifters, putting their new outdoor skills to use. This trip offers challenging rapids and an opportunity to explore the river canyon environment with a night of camping under the stars.

Teen Camp allows participants the opportunity to enjoy all the fun of camping while being introduced to responsibility of role modeling within their unit as well as all around camp. Teens are sure to build strong friendships as they make their way through activities planned by their Counselors throughout their two-week stay.

Counselors in Training (CITs) | Entering Grades 11–12

CITs are mature campers 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.

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 2 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.

New Teen Adventure Camp | YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods

We are excited to announce the launch of our new overnight teen camp, YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods. The new program is an outdoor adventure camp that will include backpacking, orienteering and outdoor living skills. YMCA Camp Duncan's Woods is located on Mt. Hood in Government Camp near Trillium Lake.

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