Campers transition to becoming staff members by completing our 2 year Counselor-In-Training Program, or CIT program, then spending a year as a Junior Counselor. Our Counselor-In-Training program allows 14 and 15 year olds to build their leadership and counseling skills.
The CIT program is a two-year, progressive experiential education course designed to help young people develop their awareness and basic skills of camp leadership. Though primarily created to produce well-rounded, creative, caring and competent staff members with a broad range of human relation skills, outdoor education techniques, sports, games and camp programming ideas, it is also designed to be a benefit to young people regardless of their interest in camp counseling.
During the first year, 14 year olds will participate in Phase 1 of the CIT program. It is a four-week group experience with limited enrollment that may be taken in the first or second half of our summer season. During that time, CIT-1s have the opportunity to work alongside counselors in leading groups of children and teaching activity skills at each program area. CIT-1s spend time observing our counselors in action, brainstorming ideas with our staff for special events, and participating in team-building exercises and projects with other CITs.
The second year of the CIT program is a more selective program only open to applicants who have successfully completed a summer as a CIT-1. CIT-2s are rotated among camper groups and specialty areas for a variety of experiences with different aged campers and activities, and will have the opportunity to lead children, teach activity lessons, brainstorm, and team-build. CIT-2s receive additional in-service training, evaluation, and counseling throughout the summer from the CIT Coordinator and others in our camp leadership.
For more information about our CIT program, or to request an application and information packet, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 860-868-9200.
Counselor In Training