Youth Leadership Program


Our YLP Program, embedded into our week of Camp to Belong, is designed for older campers who are seeking to develop leadership skills and to become future camp counselors. YLP participants spend the first half of CTB-MA in training, and the second half supporting Camp Counselors as Peer Leaders.

The objectives of YLP are for participants to be to describe leadership styles and which style they identify with, demonstrate the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, describe Peer Leader role and expectations, communicate well with CTB-MA campers, family group counselors and other staff , relate the concepts of self-care, leadership, communication and trust, develop self-reflection and self-insight skills, and to describe what it means to be an ally in the foster care system.

At the conclusion of the program YLP participants receive a stipend for the week. Upon turning 21, YLP “graduates” are then eligible to become full camp counselors.

Target population: Previous campers as well as new applicants, ages: 17-21

Camp dates: Friday, August 21 – Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Location: Pittsfield, MA

Enrollment opens: February 1, 2020

Enrollment closes: August 1, 2020

Registration: In addition to the CTB registration (link available in 2020), each YLP applicant is required to submit a YLP application.

Cost: The DCF rate is $587/youth

Check back for more details in early 2020.