Leadership programs

Camp CedarRidge is taking leadership to a whole new level.



More questions? Please head over to our Parent Info page.


Not sure if a Leadership Program is for you? Check out our other programs on the Dates, Rates, and Programs page.

Team Elijah

Open to all high school campers (9th-12th grade). Team Elijah crews run each week of programming through the summer. 


A free program, campers apply to the week/weeks desired (consecutive weeks are discouraged due to the nature of the program) and go through a short interview process. Team Elijah members spend their week housed with a skilled team leader and their team. Throughout the week, team members explore what it means to be a servant-leader and develop a sense of servanthood. Weekly routines include service time in the dish room, dinning hall, barn, and maintaining the grounds. Additionally, Team Elijah crews focus on teamwork through large group projects around camp. 

In their off-time, Team Elijah has a lot of fun! All-camp evening activities, campfire hangouts, group Bible study on the shore of Lake Huron, a night pool party, or grabbing ice cream in town are just a few examples. After a week serving on Team Elijah, we will gladly provide a letter stating the type of work and number of hours served. Great for graduation or National Honors Society requirements!

CILT - Campers In Leadership Training

Open to girls and boys who have completed 10th grade. 


This accumulative leadership program is a two-summer process: 

  • Summer - two weeks at camp as a CILT I.

  • Winter - completing requirements and attending meetings.

  • Summer - three weeks at camp as a CILT II. 

CILT is designed for young men and women who want to take the next step in their faith journey and leadership practice. The CILT program intentionally focuses on developing equipped staff members for service at camp. CILTs will refine Bible knowledge, learn how to lead Bible studies, cultivate outdoor and camping skills, utilize their strengths, and learn to fulfill their potential by overcoming challenges and increasing self-confidence. CILTs will also achieve top award levels for the camp activities of their choosing, preparing to become instructors themselves. Ultimately, CILTs will learn from experienced staff members what it means to be Godly, dedicated, servant-leaders of Christ in the camp environment.

Participation in the program requires a short application and interview process.



A very select group of seasoned staff members head up the CILT program. A perfect balance of teaching and counseling is key to the campers’ success. Our staff prepare all year to train up the next generation of Christian leadership. They are invested in seeing each CILT develop into a mature, confident, and capable young adults.


Please visit the About our Staff page to learn more about the staff selection and training process.



Campers will be housed in a cabin or tent with the Team Elijah and CILT counselor and instructor along with and other campers in the program.  At Camp CedarRidge we strive to teach campers to appreciate God’s wonderful creation. It is important to us to have simple facilities so we spend time outdoors! Campers will stay in a comfortable cabin or tent with bunk beds. Tents are reserved for Challengers or Explorers only. Please visit our Facilities page for more info.

Packing List


Packing Tips
  • ​Please remember you are sending your teen to camp. Pack comfortable clothes that you are not afraid will get dirty.

  • We require socks and closed toe shoes at all times while walking around camp property. We have a lot of sand, sticks, and other things of nature - we want your feet to stay safe!

  • Nights can be COLD in northern Michigan. Please make sure your camper has a warm jacket and their sleeping bag is warm enough.

  • We recommend packing your sleeping bag and pillow in their own duffle bag or similar. Sleeping bags tend to come unraveled while carrying to and from your cabin.

  • Please put an ID tag with phone number on your child’s luggage. You would be surprised how many parents are so excited to see their campers that they leave the bag behind! We want to make sure you go home with what you came with.

What to bring
  • Shorts

  • Jeans or long pants

  • Shirts

  • Underwear and socks

  • Warm jacket or sweatshirt

  • Pajamas

  • Swimsuit (modest, one piece)

  • Rain coat or poncho

  • Two pairs of closed-toe shoes (NO sandals or open-toed shoes)

  • Shower shoes (optional)

  • Warm sleeping bag, fitted twin sheet, pillow

  • Hat or sunglasses

  • Beach towel

  • Bath towel

  • Soap, shampoo, toiletries

  • Comb or brush

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray (we recommend those with DEET)

  • Flashlight

  • Water bottle

  • Small backpack or bag (optional)

  • Bible, notebook, and pen

  • Paper, envelope, and stamps to write home during the week

  • Camera (optional)

  • Laundry bag

  • Medications and vitamins in their original containers (DO NOT pack in your child’s bag. Must turn into health officer during registration)

If taking a horsemanship class:

  • At least 2 pairs of long pants for riding (must be worn while riding everyday)

  • Heeled shoes or boots


What not to bring
  • Food

  • Valuables

  • Weapons or firearms    

  • Gaming devices, iPods, MP3 players

  • Cell phones

If your camper brings devices for the ride up (cell phone, iPod, etc.), it will be turned in to their counselor to be stored in a safe place during the week. All items will be returned at breakfast Saturday morning.


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Phone: 989-739-3571

email: info@campcedarridge.org

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