walton's leadership program for teens
summer leadership program for teens
campers dressing up at summer camp

CILT Program

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the cancellation of Summer 2020, our Regular Program will be extended to returning campers who will be 15 years old. CILTs who were enrolled in 2020, will be able to apply for their same positions in 2021.

Applications for the CILT Program in 2022 will follow our usual process below.

Our Regular Program is for new and returning campers 7 – 14 years old. If your child attended Walton's Grizzly Lodge last summer, turns 15 before June 15th and will have completed the 9th grade, he or she may be invited to apply for our CILT Program (Camper in Leadership Training). Letters of invitation, along with information about how to apply, are mailed October 1st.

The CILT Program is a two-year program. First Year CILTs must turn 15 years old by June 15th and have completed the 9th grade. Second Year CILTs must have completed the first-year CILT Program. CILTs receive a 10% tuition discount. Special privileges are given to CILTs including first choice of activities, time at the Staff House and a special CILT Day Out.

Personal Appearance Policy: As role models for younger children we expect CILTs to present a wholesome image. CILTs will maintain a clean, neat and well-groomed appearance. Small ear, nose and naval piercings only. Clothing should be appropriate for a children’s summer camp. We reserve the right to determine standards for presenting a wholesome image and may add specific expectations as needed. If you have questions about these expectations, please call us to discuss.

This is a Select Program and availability is very limited. There are a maximum of 14 CILTs per session (7 male / 7 female). There is no guarantee of placement in this program. Campers must receive a letter of invitation before applying.

My child has completed the two-year CILT Program. What’s next?

Your child might consider applying for our Outdoor Adventure Program. This is a select backpacking program for 12 -17 year old campers who show leadership potential and are ready to handle the rigors of this adventurous week in the outdoors. (Participants do not have to have been in the CILT Program to apply for the Outdoor Adventure Program.) Please see the Outdoor Adventure Program page for more information. 

The other option is for your child to take a gap year away from Walton’s. As hard as this is for many campers to consider, we find this can be a positive experience.

What are the requirements to be a COUNSELOR at Walton’s Grizzly Lodge?


   18 or older by June 15th

   Completed a year of college

   Available to work all summer

Assistant Counselors

   18 or older by June 15th

   Completed CILT Program

   High School Graduate

   Available at least one session

We begin accepting Counselor and Assistant Counselor applications January 1st.

Note: Applicants may apply from our website (Staff - Employment Opportunities).