The Counselor-in-Training Program teaches teens the job skills necessary to be a counselor and strong employee.

The camp environment provides a unique opportunity for youth to build leadership skills, particularly in assisting counselors with younger campers. Counselors in Training (CITs) are provided first-hand experience working with campers and the opportunity to cultivate skills and knowledge in the day camp setting. CITs are selected through an application and interview process. Training and a 4-week commitment are required if selected. Space is limited. Ages 14 - 17. 

To apply, interested teens must complete a CIT application (available at their local YMCA). 

  • Well Trained Staff
  • Age Appropriate Fun Activities
  • Exciting Field Trips
  • Health, Exercise, and Nutrition Education

YMCA Camp Lakewood

Take the adventure to the next level with our overnight camp! Camp Lakewood provides a well-rounded experience for campers and gets them outdoors to connect with nature. With a 360-acre lake and more than 5,000 acres of forest-covered hills, caves, creeks and more, there are many opportunities for natural exploration. Whether it's campfires, swimming, archery, climbing tower, zip line, sports, canoeing, cookouts, fishing, and kayaking, every camper delights in waking up with a renewed sense of excitement as to what new activities each day will bring.

Outdoor Ranger Camp

The Gateway Region Y, in continued partnership with the U.S. National Park Service, Missouri State Parks, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Army Corps of Engineers, is excited to offer 5 weeks of fun and educational camp opportunities exploring nature and recreation in our Missouri parks and public lands.