UC Berkeley Youth Recreation offers several experiential leadership opportunities for Junior High and High School aged youth. Our experiential leadership programs bridge junior and high schoolers from camper to leader.
Our best staff are often our former campers. Our alumni not only bring their own experience and memories, but they also bring an undeniable passion for camp! We offer several different ways for tweens and teens to practice their different leadership skills.
Campers in Leadership Training (Ages 13 – 14)
Program in which campers participate in leadership lessons focused on working with youth and learning general job skills. Campers learn work skills while learning to be camp counselors. (Fees required, as participants are considered to be campers.) Register Today
Counselors-in-Training (Age 15-17)
The goal of the Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program is to develop leadership skills that can be applied to all aspects of life and utilized in any future career. The CIT is considered a volunteer staff member, attends pre-camp training, and is assigned a schedule and volunteer duties with the camp they are placed. CITs must have completed 9th grade to qualify. (Volunteer program; unpaid)
Please be sure to indicate that you are applying for the Volunteer Counselors-in-Training program. If selected for an interview you will be notified by e-mail in mid-April. Apply or view the Job Description.
Junior Counselor Program (Age 16-18)
The goal of the Junior Counselor Program is to develop leadership skills that can be applied to all aspects of life and utilized in any future career. Junior Counselors are hired as paid junior staff who develop skills by setting and achieving personal goals while also leading and teaching children different activities at camp.
Cal Adventures Junior Leadership Program (Age 13-14)
Junior Leadership is a small group of future outdoor leaders, experiencing all that Cal Adventures has to offer while fostering their own leadership goals. This dynamic camp will expose participants to all of our program areas – both on land & water – and a variety of instructional & leadership styles. Junior Leaders will observe and support other programs, develop leadership goals, and cultivate relationships to last a lifetime. More Information.
Cal Adventures Senior Leadership Program (Age 14-15)
(Application only, up to 4 participants/2-week session)
Senior Leaders are campers who are applying and refining their leadership and instructional skills. Under the supervision of our talented instructors, Senior Leaders will select a skill area from our program offerings where they will develop and achieve leadership goals.
Senior Leaders are often our oldest campers, often future team members for our highly-skilled staff. Participation in Junior Leadership is not required to apply to Senior Leadership. More Information.