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Dates: 17 – 21 August 2020

Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Ages: 13 – 17 years old

Location: Various locations, central drop off

Cost: In an effort to remove financial barriers, participation fees will be covered in full by Saxon. Participants must bring a packed lunch.

Application Process: Complete application online at www.ymcacayman.ky/teens by Friday, 7 August 2020 at 4:00pm. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview on Monday, 10 August 2020 (time and location to be confirmed).

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Thanks to a generous grant from Saxon, the costs of this programme are being subsidised.


The Teen Lead On programme is designed for teens who demonstrate a desire to learn, lead, and serve. This unique programme will strengthen leadership skills utilising the experiential learning model.

Comprising a variety of workshops and seminars, Teen Lead On will utilise the Ropes Challenge Course* and other adventure-based elements across the island to provide teens with specialty leadership training. Teens will also be provided with ongoing volunteer opportunities that both serve the community and further develop their leadership competencies.

Globally, the YMCA has a rich history of leadership development programming, with a focus on social, emotional and cognitive youth development that helps youth & teens learn, grow, and thrive. Teen Lead On will be professionally led by the YMCA’s experienced team, ensuring substantial outcomes and a lasting impact.

Teens who complete the programme will receive an official YMCA Leadership Certificate that will assist with school and job applications. Additionally, the cohort will be provided with opportunities to volunteer within YMCA programmes, with an expectation that they serve a minimum of 40 hours within 6 months of programme completion. Volunteer opportunities include after-school, day camp, sports, ropes course, swim lessons etc.. Following the 6 months of service, Saxon will host a banquet to celebrate the cohort’s achievements and contributions to the community.

*The Ropes Challenge Course consists of both high and low course elements. The course serves as an experiential learning tool, with many elements designed to help in areas such as communication, team-building, confidence, problem-solving, trust, etc.. Providing much more than a physical challenge, the course is both mentally and emotionally challenging.

Safety Protocols:

To ensure a safe environment this summer, YMCA camps have reduced ratios and include additional health and hygiene protocols. We have developed detailed COVID-19 Day Camp Guidelines informed by global health organisations and international YMCA best practices. We will continue to monitor global health and industry standards and always follow national public health guidance and government mandates.

We recommend parents/guardians of a vulnerable camper or household consult their medical provider to assess risk and determine if participation is acceptable.

Email: info@ymcacayman.ky

Phone: 345.926.9622



For all the information about the Teen Leaders Programme click here for the programme flyer

General Information 

The Teen Leaders programme reaches young people aged 13 to 17. Teen Leaders gain important leadership skills and experience through projects that they select. Many also serve as Counselors-in-Training during Y day camps which reinforces core values and leadership skills. This free programme fosters a positive sense of identity, values, and confidence amongst participants. Students enrolled in EASP can participate in teen leaders, or when school is out Teen Leaders can serve as Counselors-In-Training (CIT). Through these programme teens will:

  • Gain real-life, hands-on experiences
  • Participate in out-of-the ordinary leadership training
  • Make new friends
  • Help plan & facilitate fun teaching activities
  • Create unforgettable memories!
  • Receive nationally recognised volunteer hours
  • Be a role model
  • Provide a safe & fun programme for kids in your community

To learn more about applying to become a CIT email: volunteer@ymcacayman.ky or call 345-925-3276.

Counsellor in Training (C.I.T.)/Teen Leaders Programme Application


Please list the extra-curricular activities you are currently involved in with your school or church:

Please list any leadership or hands-on experience you have had working with younger children:

Why do you want to be a C.I.T.?

What personal qualities do you possess that make you a good candidate for this programme?

What do you feel are primary responsibilities of a leader? What are some characteristics of a leader?

As a teen serving in a leadership role, what obligations to the YMCA staff do you believe would be the most important?


The C.I.T./Teen Leaders programme runs throughout the holiday/summer break camps, as well as during the academic school year (Sept-June), within the Extended After-School Programme. For more information, please visit our website at www.ymcacayman.ky. After carefully reviewing your schedule, can you commit to a minimum 3 weeks (60-120hrs) throughout the year (including trainings)?


A conviction will not automatically prevent you from volunteering. The nature, severity and date of offense in relation to the position for which you are volunteering will be considered; consequently, we do need the facts relative to the conviction(s).

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