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Camp Weona
Leadership Development Programs

We’re proud that many of our campers eventually want to come back to Camp Weona in a different capacity – as leaders for the next generation. Building on the tradition of “super” leadership, YMCA Buffalo Niagara believes in growing our future leaders as well as enhancing our teen population’s skill base. Throughout the summer, we offer opportunities for teens age 15 and up to participate in our leadership programs on their way to being camp counselors. Leadership Development programs include:

Leaders in Training (LIT)

Ages 15-16
The LIT program is geared towards teens who are ready to grow and test their leadership skills, while working with younger campers. This two-week program is the first step in our Leadership Track and is a mix of being both a camper and a leader. LITs work on the “why” of being a leader at Weona, in addition to building confidence and independence.
Two-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday. Weekend stayover included.
Dates: June 28-July 11, July 12-25, July 26-August 8

Counselors in Training (CIT)

Ages 16-17
The CIT program focuses on the “how” to be a leader at Weona and is a great step to becoming a full-fledged counselor. This three-week program is great for those who want to get experience working with children, and build their leadership, problem solving, and teamwork skills. CITs learn to lead camp in activity areas, cabin life, and evening programs.
Three-Week Sessions, Sunday to Saturday. Weekend stayover included.
Dates: July 5-25, July 26-August 15

Programs at Camp Weona

Is your camper not quite old enough for these programs, or you would just like to try a one-week session? Click here for our traditional camp programming.

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Financial Assistance

Within the available resources of the organization, YMCA Buffalo Niagara will provide services to any youth, senior, adult, or family who desires to participate and understands the benefits of the YMCA, regardless of their ability to pay.