Children's Hospital Colorado Burn Camp - Summer Camp Skit and Mountains

The CILT program is a 2-year leadership development program.  CILTS arrive one day before the campers and spend the time in small group sessions covering a variety of topics. CILTS are supported by the CILT Leadership Team and assigned a mentor in the cabin. CILTS live in cabin with other campers and assume a leadership role. They are given opportunities to transform the lessons from pre-camp training into real world experiences.


  • Goal-Setting
  • The Significance of Team
  • Styles of leadership
  • Know the Self- Finding Your Own Strengths and Support
  • Learning to Lead and Practical Application

CILT candidates need to be 17 years old and should currently be a junior or a senior in High School.

Please read more about our about our CILT Requirements here. Each CILT is required to participate in a  10-hour community service project.

If you are interested in becoming a 2016 CILT, APPLY now.

What is the CILT Program?

CILT stands for Camper in Leadership Training.

This CILT training provides an introductory knowledge for 17-18 year olds based on theories of leadership. Through experience, participants practice skills and gain experience in leadership opportunities within the camp program.

In small groups and one-on-one mentor relationships, participants reflect on their experiences and engage in intentional conversations. The goal is to empower participants to practice goal setting, understand the importance of team, and understand how to transfer the  skills learned at camp and apply them in new and different settings, environments, and interactions in their communities after camp. The participants will also learn how to think in terms of their role in the world and move away from thinking just about the self.

As always, we encourage learning and the practice of life skills which help our campers face their fears, meet new people and identify their own personal strengths. There is a renewed focus on goal-setting, teamwork, styles of leadership, strength finding & learning to lead.

 Who is eligible?

This is a leadership program for our seniors and 2016 high school graduates. (Typically 17-18). To be considered for the CILT Program, candidates must have attended Summer Camp in the past and be in good standing with the program.

What will my child learn from this experience?

  1. Participants learn to identify personal strengths and weaknesses and become more self-aware
  2. Participants are given tools and opportunities to lead
  3. Participants are encouraged to think of themselves in the sense of the world

When is it?

CILTS arrive one day before the rest of the campers and spend time in small group sessions covering a variety of topics.  August 13-21, 2017 at Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, CO.

What is my role as a parent?

Login to your online profile. Register your child for the 2017 CILT Program.  Your child will also need to submit their answers to a specific CILT application. This application is not considered complete until both parts are submitted.

Encourage your child to identify a service project.

Is there a cost?

This program has the same fee structure as Summer Camp. Some referring hospitals offer sponsorship. Your hospital will let you know their policy. We ask families to consider a contribution toward this healing opportunity for your child. The suggested contribution is $390. Any amount that you contribute helps us continue offering this great program! Scholarships are available.

As part of the continued learning and development process, the camp program focuses on independence, goal-setting, and ownership. As part of this process, we strongly encourage campers to fundraise toward their contribution.

Ideas include:

·       Letter writing to family and friends

·       Camp sponsorships from burn unit, community, or church

·       After-school and part-time jobs such as babysitting, mowing lawns

How does my child apply?

The application is online. It will be available here.

Click on the link and register your child for the 2017 CILT Application. You need to complete the majority of the information.

There is a separate set of questions for your child to complete.

If you need a paper application, contact us.

How are applicants selected?

Participants are selected by camp leadership team. Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Thoughtfulness and quality of the CILT application questions
  • Completion of 10+ hours of community service
  • Reflection on service project and what was learned from it
  • Applications submitted before November 15th are given highest priority

How will my child know if they are accepted?

All applicants will be notified by May 20th of acceptance decisions! If your child decides they do not want to pursue the CILT program and would like to enroll as a camper, choose the 2017 Camper Application.


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