Teen leadership programs build confidence and teach skills for teens to become leaders and role models at camp, in school and throughout their community. Teens are drawn to Camp Miller, not just to explore new places, but for the thrill of personal accomplishment and team connection. 


Adventure Team is your first stop to all our Teen Programs at Camp Miller. This program has a special emphasis on outdoor adventure and learning wilderness trip skills. Campers learn tripping skills for canoeing and backpacking trips and take some off-site adventure trips including mountain biking on Mission Creek Trails, hiking at Ely’s Peak, and taking a campout trip down Willow River. This program also includes a day of Whitewater Rafting on the St. Louis River with Swiftwater Adventures.


Session 1 | June 21 - 27 | $594

Session 3 | July 5 - 11 | $594

Session 5 | July 19 - 25 | $594

Session 7 | August 2 - 8 | $594

Session 8 | August 9 - 15 | $594

NEW in 2020!

Take your Choice is a teen program offered during our shorter weeks of camp in Session 2 and Session 9. This program is all about your choice! Campers will have the ability to meet as a group each day and decide their customized schedule for the mornings and afternoons. This group will enjoy evening activities designed for teens.


Session 2 | June 29 - July 1 | $400

Session 9 | August 16 = 19 | $400

NEW in 2020!

Navigators is our introduction to service-focused programming that gives teens an opportunity to be a leader in their community. Their week at camp includes the camp activities they love and group challenges to accomplish together. Service projects designed by the campers are also part of their week at camp, as well as exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the future. Campers will also participate in an off-site trip to Jay Cooke State Park where they will work together as a team to set up camp, cook meals, plan their day and build lifelong friendships. Campers meet community leaders and work together to find solutions for important issues teens are facing in their communities. Ideas of diversity, inclusion, and global engagement fuel an inspiring week for teens to engage as change-makers.


Session 4 | July 12 - 18 | $574

Session 6 | July 26 - August 1 | $574

Another step into servant leadership for teens is our Leaders-in-Training program, known as LIT’s at camp. The LIT program provides participants the opportunity to develop strong leadership skills and self-confidence in the camp setting over a two-week session. These skills are not only applicable to camp but will also foster leadership in the communities to which the LIT will belong throughout life, including their school, college, neighborhood, and workplace. Within our supportive camp setting, participants attend workshops addressing a variety of leadership topics. We continue the work from Navigators around service leadership while helping teens develop their voice on issues they care about and providing service opportunities locally in the Sturgeon Lake area. LIT's will also have a chance to develop their own service projects and meet community leaders. We continue to look at the world through different lenses of diversity, inclusion, and global perspectives. At the same time, they live with a cabin of younger campers and are mentored by the cabin’s senior counselor. They participate in fun and challenging team building activities which facilitate the development of a strong, cohesive group of LITs each session, leading to what often become lifelong friendships. This program also includes a weekend camping trip (3 nights, 4 days) to use the skills learned during leadership workshops.

Sessions - Two Weeks 

LIT I | July 5 - 18 | $865

LIT II | July 26 - August 8 | $865

The CIT program is a three-week program designed to train those who are ready to take on new challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities at camp and in their communities. CIT’s work with campers assisting staff in cabins, activity areas, evening activities in both Overnight and Day Camp. They have additional responsibilities around camp including dishes, trips preparation, and program design for younger campers. This unique opportunity provides teens with the chance to develop their personal leadership style, hone in on their communication and problem-solving skills and gain valuable professional development that will help them succeed at Camp, in school, and in any workplace. The CIT program also includes an American Red Cross Lifeguard Course. Every CIT will walk away with a certification in First Aid, CPR, and Lifeguarding, providing them the skills to gain a job when they return to their communities. In 2020, we will debut an upgrade to our traditional CIT program. The curriculum of the CIT program will be based on six core competencies:

  • Youth Development
  • Leadership Styles
  • Group Facilitation
  • Risk Management & Decision Making
  • Effective Communication
  • Professional Development

To best deliver lessons on these skills, we will utilize a mixture of in-camp CIT workshops and an off camp, CIT only, wilderness trip. Each CIT participant will go on one CIT-only excursion and CIT’s will also get a chance to help lead an overnight camp excursion alongside our counseling staff. A CIT experience allows teens the chance to see “behind the scenes” at Camp and have a lasting impact on our campers this summer. Plus, a chance to gain lifelong friends and memories! The CIT program continues to empower teens to be leaders and changemakers in their communities. We aim to inspire campers to use their voices for global good and driving positive change while continuing to explore ideas around inclusion, diversity, and global engagement. Applications are required for this program as well as an interview to begin to teach campers about the workplace process. Please visit this link to have your teen apply for a CIT position. For more information or questions, contact Sara Eder, Executive Director YMCA Camp Miller, seder@duluthymca.org. 

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Sessions - Three Weeks

CIT I | July 5 - 25 | $1,085

CIT II | July 26 - August 8 | $1,085

NEW in 2020!

Workplaces and colleges are needing leaders skilled in 21st-century leadership skills. This internship program will focus on serving to lead. This program begins in February 2020 with monthly Leaders Club meetings to teach servant leadership curriculum skills including communication, collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, self-management, resilience, and optimism. We will teach camp counseling skills, but also more broad topics beneficial for youth in their later high school years such as community service, college visits or trade school visits, resume writing and interviewing. SLI’s will also have an opportunity to earn their American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification during the summer at Camp Miller, and assistance in obtaining a position with the Duluth YMCA Aquatics Department for employment if desired. There will be an application process that will open in December. From there, we will select the cohort of interns for the season. We will then begin monthly meetings (attend in-person if in the Duluth area, or virtually if in other parts of the state or country). The cohort will also use resources from Y-USA, especially in areas of diversity, inclusion, and global leadership. This group will also have an opportunity to complete service work together around our communities and state. As we head into summer, this cohort will select at least 2 weeks that they would like to serve at camp. They will take turns being in the kitchen, on the maintenance team, and counselors in cabins or day camp counselors. SLI’s will earn $100 per week of service to camp. To apply, fill out our application form here: Application