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 $200 stipend for the week. Upon turning 21, YLP “graduates” are eligible to become full camp counselors.

Target population: Previous campers as well as new applicants, ages: 17-20

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

Location: Pittsfield, MA

Enrollment opens: February 1, 2020

Enrollment closes: August 1, 2020

Cost: The DCF rate is $587/youth

Registration process:  

YLP applicants must submit an online application including uploading a current resume here:  YLP Application

We will follow up directly with YLP applicants within five business days of receipt regarding next steps.

Qualified candidates will participate in a phone interview and will provide two references.

Accepted applicants will need to complete the general camp registration form in Reg Pack (link will be provided) and will be also be provided additional forms to complete (e.g. W9, internship exit form).