Teen Camps

Ages 15-17

Many of our 15 year old campers still love sleepaway camp but are ready for even more challenge and independence than our traditional programs offer. To meet this need, we have created two Talcott-based programs that allow our oldest campers to enjoy the best of both worlds–the sleepaway camp activities and traditions they have come to love and unique programming that reflects their growing need for independence, challenging activities, and opportunities for leadership. A third program, the Counselor-In-Training program is for 16 year olds interested in becoming future camp staff.

(Ages 15-16)

Talcott BOLD/GOLD, an exciting alternative to our traditional sleepaway program, combines the very best of a summer at Talcott with exciting team building activities, leadership development, and awesome adventure trips designed especially for our oldest campers. BOLD/GOLD (Boys/Girls Outdoor Leadership Development) is a program run at YMCA camps across the country and is designed to bring together young high school students from all different walks of life to grow and learn together in a fun and challenging way. BOLD/GOLD runs in one week sessions only.

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Talcott LIT
(Age 15)

Talcott LITs, for 15 year old campers who would prefer not to go on trips, our Leaders-In-Training (LIT) Program allows a range of leadership and skill building opportunities right here on camp. Participating in a blend of formal leadership training, service learning opportunities, and traditional camp activities, LIT campers get the best of both worlds, an opportunity to enjoy camp with their peers while learning what it takes to be a future leader, both at camp and beyond! Our LIT program runs in two week sessions only.

Counselor-in-training program
(Age 16)

The first step in our rigorous staff development program, the CIT Program at the NY YMCA Camp is a challenging and rewarding introduction to the world of camp counseling.  Combining formal leadership training, service learning opportunities, special events, and daily practical experience working with small groups of children, CITs acquire skills to make them more responsible, creative and mature.

This position requires a minimum two week commitment, an application, one letter of reference, and an interview.

For more information and an application to the CIT program, please click here.