"CLTC was an incredible experience and the best 12 days of my life! I learned so much about BBYO, how to better myself as a leader, as well as real life! What I love about CLTC is that is in a camp setting, as I've never attended sleep away camp, it allowed me to have that experience... Thank you BBYO for creating such incredible programs like CLTC for teens all around the world! I LOVE BBYO AND CLTC!!" —Zachary G., Greater Jersey Hudson River Region: Central Council
Is CLTC for you?
CLTC is a great program for Alephs and BBGs currently in 9th or 10th grade who are current or aspiring chapter leaders, have attended or are interested in attending regional leadership conventions, or who haven't yet been to a BBYO international program!
How many teens attend CLTC?
Each session welcomes around 100 participants. The smaller group size offers members the chance to create a community in which each member has the chance to grow and shine.
Who staffs CLTC?
BBYO programming professionals and advisors serve as the site director, leadership director, and leadership staff at CLTC. We’re also joined by a Jewish educator, song leader, an office manager, and college-age counselors (or madrichim).
Where is CLTC located?
CLTC 2022 will take place at the Commonpoint Retreat Center, which is owned by the Commonpoint JCC, a partner of UJA Federation of NY. Situated in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, the sprawling grounds and lush scenery will be the perfect place for our CLTC community to learn, have fun, and thrive together this summer.
What is the CLTC curriculum about?
The emphasis at CLTC is on building leadership skills applicable across participants’ AZA, BBG, or BBYO chapters, high school classrooms, and home communities. Jewish values and community service also are central to the CLTC experience. Members plan and lead daily morning (Shacharit) services as well as Shabbat services.
Is the food at CLTC kosher?
All food served at the Commonpoint Retreat Center is kosher-style and all meat is certified kosher.
What do I do about medication?
Participants must register in advance with CampMeds, a service that provides pre-packaged, pre-dosaged medication to participants who require it. There is a $250 fee for those who do not register and arrive at camp with their medications. The exceptions to this are inhalers, birth control, epi-pens, nasal sprays, injectable medications, prescription ointments, and refrigerated medication.
How do I get to CLTC?
Teens can either be dropped off directly at camp by a parent or guardian, or they can fly into the local airport, where they'll be met by BBYO staff and taken to their program by bus.
Do you offer travel insurance?
BBYO is glad to offer a travel insurance option for all our Summer Experiences through Travel Insured International. Families are highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance to protect their investment and plan for the unexpected. Please visit this page to see all the details on the policy and its terms.
BBYO offers need-based scholarship so that anyone who wants to is able to attend our programs without financial constraints standing in the way. Funds for our 2022 experiences are available—to apply, please complete the BBYO Scholarship Application Form after you complete your registration (check back here for the form once registration opens).
We also offer two additional CLTC-specific Scholarships:
AZA Scholarship for CLTC
We are excited to offer an additional CLTC scholarship opportunity for Alephs who strive to be excellent leaders in their chapters, regions, and communities. This scholarship aims to fulfill key objectives of AZA in providing Alephs with the opportunity to learn leadership skills, fully develop their leadership potential, and encourage the development of friendships with other Jewish teens through the CLTC experience. This scholarship offers every Aleph the chance to develop and strengthen themself, whether they’ve already taken on a leadership role or are looking to lead in the future. Scholarship recipients will be awarded an average of $250 to attend CLTC. Funds are limited—applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and awarded based on greatest need via the scholarship application.
Anita M. Perlman Scholarship for CLTC
Anita M. Perlman, the founder of BBG and an epic feminist visionary, leader, and philanthropist, saw the most in young people. Perlman’s hope for the young women was built on the notion that “the unique B’nai B’rith Girls way of life helps you find and express your Jewish identity, while expanding your circle of friends. [...] BBG offers you the chance to acquire knowledge and to make choices. [...] The more of yourself that you give to BBG [and the world around you], the more you will receive.” Her vision was to grow young women into confident, passionate, and wonderful leaders through all the avenues that BBYO now provides. Her legacy instills this sense of zeal in all of us.
We are proud to propel Anita’s legacy forward by offering a unique scholarship opportunity for BBGs to advance their leadership and identity at CLTC. The Anita M. Perlman Women’s Leadership Initiative will award up to $500 in additional scholarship for a BBG to attend CLTC. Funds are limited—applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and awarded based on greatest need via the scholarship application.