CIT Teen Leadership Institute

Join a select group of rising 8th-10th graders to participate in our newly reimagined CIT program: the Teen Leadership Institute (TLI). The TLI journey – community building, educator training, mindfulness practice, farming, and leadership development – includes two overnight weekend retreats in the spring and fall at the farm, and a three- or six-week stint as a CIT at Camp Urban Adamah this summer.

TLI Program Components:

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Spring Retreat

The TLI journey will begin the weekend of May 17 – 19, with an overnight retreat at the community residence on the farm. 

On the retreat, you will:

  • Make new friends and reconnect to old ones
  • Harvest and prepare farm-to-table meals
  • Explore your artistic side
  • Learn earth-based skills – fire making, basket weaving, and more
  • Celebrate Shabbat and Havdallah Urban Adamah-style
  • Get down and dirty with our chickens, goats, and worms
  • Participate in leadership sessions from our award-winning young adult Fellowship, designed to help you become a better listener and communicator
  • Have the time of your life

The retreat fee covers all expenses for the weekend: room, board, and all program costs.

Summer Session

We know that one of the most meaningful aspects of camp is connecting and forming friendships with your peers, counselors, and campers. This summer, CITs will be part of 3-week long cohorts that focus on team building and leadership development. CITs will have special time each day as a group (without kids), and will be taught and mentored by the CIT director. They will develop the skills to: work with campers in a Jewish outdoor and experiential setting, incorporate games and music in their daily lives, and lead campers in farming (plants & animals) activities. CITs will also develop the confidence to lead programs on their own.

Fall Retreat

We will gather back together on the farm for a closing weekend retreat in December. This will be an opportunity to reflect, connect with community, and further develop the leadership skills cultivated on the spring retreat and at camp during the summer. Dates TBD.

The retreat fee covers all expenses for the weekend: room, board and all program costs.

2019 CIT Dates & Pricing

All TLI participants are required to join us for at least one full three-week session, as well as both the spring and fall retreats.

July 8 - 26
Cohort 1

Duration: 3 weeks

Summer Schedule:

8:30 am – Arrival
9:00 am – Prepare Snack
9:30 am – Kvutzah time with campers
12:00 am – Lunch Break
12:45 pm – CIT Kvutzah Time
2:50 pm – Closing Circle
3:00 pm – Camp Cleanup
3:30 pm – Departure

Note: Cohort 1 participants also attend the Pre-Camp Retreat in May & Fall Retreat in December 

PRICING:
 
Pre-Camp Retreat $295
Summer Program $750 
Fall Retreat $295
 

TOTAL DUE AT REGISTRATION:

$1,340 regular 

$1,250 early bird – ends Feb 1

August 5 - 23
Cohort 2

Duration: 3 weeks

Summer Schedule:

8:30 am – Arrival
9:00 am – Prepare Snack
9:30 am – Kvutzah time with campers
12:00 am – Lunch Break
12:45 pm – CIT Kvutzah Time
2:50 pm – Closing Circle
3:00 pm – Camp Cleanup
3:30 pm – Departure

Note: Cohort 1 participants also attend the Pre-Camp Retreat in May & Fall Retreat in December 

PRICING:
 
Pre-Camp Retreat $295
Summer Program $750
Fall Retreat $295
 

TOTAL DUE AT REGISTRATION:

$1,340 regular

$1,250 early bird – ends Feb 1

View application process below. 

Application Process

Mature and responsible teens are encouraged to apply online. Those interested in becoming a CIT  must complete an application and submit a written reference by March 1st. All applicants will have a mandatory interview with Camp Director, Maddy Winard