Programa Counselors in Training

Programa Counselors in Training

Mi nombre es Sebastián Cruz, tengo 18 años y he sido voluntario de la ACJ-YMCA Cali durante los últimos 4 años. En el mes de junio tuve la oportunidad de participar en el programa Counselors in Training (Líderes de Campamento en Entrenamiento) del Campamento Lakewood de la YMCA en Saint Louis, Missouri.  Durante un mes estuve inmerso en actividades de liderazgo, construcción de trabajo en equipo y aprendizaje sobre estrategias pedagógicas sobre el trabajo con niños.
Como toda experiencia YMCA, participar en este programa tuvo un impacto transformador para mi vida. Cada día era una  nueva aventura que conllevó a mútiples aprendizajes. El levantarnos cada mañana a las 6:00 am, para luego bajar desde la  Villa  del  Liderazgo  e iniciar  una nueva jornada repleta de actividades por liderar, gente por conocer, cosas por compartir, habilidades por desarrollar y  enseñanzas que aprender. Admiro mucho como el campamento se convierte en esta zona segura donde te animan a ser la versión favorita de ti mismo, y es algo que es posible a través de los valores institucionales de la YMCA, que son respeto, responsabilidad, honestidad y cuidado.
En Lakewood descubres los mejores aspectos de ti mismo y aprendes como potenciarlos. Todo lo que aprendí planeo multiplicarlo en mi comunidad local y aspiro que nuevos voluntarios puedan participar en esta clase de espacios.

English version

My name is Sebastian Cruz, I am 18 years old and I’m from Cali, Colombia. I have been a volunteer at the local YMCA for 4 years now and I had the chance to participate on the CIT Program at Camp Lakewood. It was a life-changing experience for me. It was full of learnings and amazing moments. During four weeks, I went through teambuilding activities, learned about leadership and strategies about how to work with children.    
Every day was a new adventure. From waking up each day at 6:00 am and walking down from Leadership Village for Morning Watch, to participating in clinics, Cabin Acts, Unit Games and then getting to lead each one of them. Being a CIT is a challenge, but is also a wonderful experience. You get know the best parts of yourself and you learn how to improve them. I admire how the camp encourages everyone to be their favorite version of
themselves. It is incredible how this place can become a safe zone for so many and it was precisely that what made it so easy for me to call this place my home.   
I enjoyed how much everyone shared with us, but it also meant a lot to me how they let us shared about our country. I feel that at Camp Lakewood they don’t only train you as a camper, or as a counselor, they actually train you as a human being and they show you the importance of having the chore values that the YMCA promotes; which are honesty, respect, responsibility and caring. . Every game, activity, skit and experience are things I’m taking back home and implementing at my local community, hoping they will have the same positive impact it had over me while my time at Lakewood