units: gears, cit1, cit2

Leadership Program

Gears Program | Grade 10-12


This program is for high school-aged campers who want to get more involved in camp by giving back. Gears campers help to keep the dining hall running smoothly by leading meals with the Dining Hall Director, making announcements, sharing dietary information, leading kitchen patrol with other units, doing dishes and having fun working as a team. Participants can expect to work hard and play hard while still experiencing the magic of camp. Applications will be made available in late November 2021 and decisions will be made in January 2022.

CIT 1 & 2: The Counselor-In-Training Program | Grade 10-12


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 feedback, gain meaningful real-life experiences, and are empowered to make and live by their own good decisions. Applications will be made available in late November 2021 and decisions will be made in January 2022.

  • The program curriculum is split between two summers:
    • CIT 1 – Program participants attend sessions 5, 6, and 7 in their first summer.
    • CIT 2 – Program participants attend sessions 1, 2, 3, & 4 in their second summer. A program graduation ceremony will be held at the end of session 4.

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.

Jamie Sandness |Namanu alum and mom to Kasen