Youth Leadership Opportunities
Counselor Aide Training (CAT)
Due to current health concerns, Camp DaKaNi will not host campers on our campground this summer. Instead, we are bringing camp to you through our Camp at Home Live and Camp-In-A-Box programs! Our Youth Leadership opportunities are available just like always – just from your own backyard this year.
For campers ages 11 – 15 yrs. old
Is your camper ready to elevate their camp experience and gain leadership skills, practice responsibility and experience personal growth? The Counselor Aide Training (CAT) specialized leadership program is designed for campers 11 to 15 years old. In the CAT program, campers work with our Head Counselor to learn how to manage camper behavior in age-appropriate ways, understand best practices to encourage campers, how to lead games and activities, self and group reflection techniques and goal-setting. The life skills learned in the CAT program will be used outside of the camp in school, sports, extracurricular activities, and religious groups.
The CAT program runs alongside regular day camp days and times. Eligible campers only have to complete this training once. After they graduate from the CAT program, they can be a Counselor Aide later that summer or in future summers. Enrollment space for this program is very limited, so enroll today! Parent login is here.
For campers ages 11 – 15 yrs. old who have completed CAT
Counselor Aides (CAs) are individuals 11 to 15 years old who are learning to assist a counselor with a camper group for the week. CA’s help lead group games and activities, assist in program areas, lead morning Sing Ring, and assist with preparing lunches on cookout days. The CA program is designed to be a leadership and mentorship program. Our staff is trained to create opportunities that will allow their Counselor Aide to practice their skills working with younger campers while still allowing times for CA’s to have fun and participate in activities.
CAs must have completed the Counselor Aide in Training (CAT) program in a previous session or during a previous summer. This program is only offered during summer camp. Parent login is here.
Teen Volunteer Counselor
Teens ages 16 – 17 yrs. old
Teen Volunteer Counselors dedicate a week or more of their summer to working with a small group of youth. Volunteer Counselors lead a group of children throughout the week games, outdoor cooking and nature activities. Volunteers must attend a one-day training prior to camp. As a Teen Volunteer Counselor, youth gain leadership, child development, and outdoor skills. Hours can count toward required school and organization volunteer hours.
Volunteer Counselor Training Days: Contact Danielle Wickstrom at (405) 254-2071 for the dates of Volunteer Counselor Training.
We gladly accept volunteer counselors all weeks of our summer camps!
Parent login is here.
Camp Program Scholarships
Camp Fire’s Camp DaKaNi believes every child should have the opportunity to come to camp. Camp DaKaNi offers financial assistance to families who need help sending their child to camp. Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis, so please complete this application as soon as possible, if you require assistance. Please note – the scholarship application is not an application for camp itself, you must apply online for camp training. For any questions, please contact Danielle at 405-254-2071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only one of the following discounts can be applied:
- Early Bird Discount – $15 off per session (Must be paid in full by Dec 31st)
- Multi-Camper Discount – $15 off each additional child.*
- Camp Fire Member Discount – Varies depending on session and program. (Call the office for details)
- Camp Fire Candy Sale Discount – Varies depending on session and program. (Call the office for details)
In addition to the above discount choices, if you registered for more than one session, each additional session is available at a reduced rate.
*You can only receive the Multi-Camper discount for siblings in the same family.