The overall objective of the Counselor-in-Training program (1&2) is to empower participants through comprehensive training in goal setting and personal growth, equipping them with leadership and facilitation skills, aiming to foster self-awareness, empathy, and professionalism, preparing individuals to contribute positively to their communities and pursue further education or careers in counseling and beyond. The program emphasizes leadership and facilitation abilities to prepare individuals to guide and mentor others effectively. CITs will gain expertise in behavior management and camper engagement to create a positive camp experience while maintaining a strong focus on risk management and safety. This ensures that participants can help cultivate a secure and nurturing camp environment.
*Please note, if you wish to apply, you will first have to complete the Camp Initial Registration form which can be accessed here. Once we’ve received that registration, we will send you the necessary surveys and/or applications.
Name: Counselor-in-Training (CIT): Level 1
Pre-Requisite: CIT 1 Entrance Survey
Duration: 2 weeks, Sessions 1 & 2
Age Group: Equivalent to junior in high school or 16 y/o
Name: Counselor-in-Training (CIT): Level 2
Pre-Requisite: Satisfactory completion of CIT 1 & CIT 2 Application
Duration: 2 weeks, Sessions 3 & 4
Age Group: Equivalent to senior in high school or 17 y/o
Session 1: Introduction to Counselor-in-Training (CIT)
The goal of this section is to provide some early lessons in your CIT program to help establish (and level) expectations about the program and being a CIT. You should ensure your CITs have a chance to introduce themselves to each other, learn about camp, participate in some team-building, goal setting, and learn more about themselves, including their leadership style.
Session 2: Program Leadership and Facilitation
In these lessons, CITs will learn more about how to best facilitate, teach, and reflect with campers, as well as get hands-on experience (leading morning announcements, facilitating line games, shadowing senior counselors, and more).
Upon successful completion of this section, CITs will be awarded their camp name and be eligible to apply to the CIT 2 program.
Session 3: Behavior Management and Working with Campers
CITs will learn positive skills and methods for working with campers and other youth while maintaining appropriate boundaries and using developmentally appropriate approaches. Additionally they will facilitate small group activities and games.
The CIT group project work begins during Session 3.
Session 4: Risk Management and Safety
Lessons in this section focus on reviewing policies, creating rules with campers, knowing about abuse risks and self-protection, and preventing accidents and abuse risks by looking out for risks around camp and between campers.
During this Session, CIT 2s are involved in an immersive 24-hour job shadow of a senior counselor. They are also welcome to participate in the annual ‘Pool Jump’.
All CIT 2s who successfully complete the program and meet the criteria are eligible to apply for counselor positions for the following camp season and are given preliminary acceptance as camp counselors for that season.
Upon successful completion of this section, CITs will be awarded the honorific of their choice or that may be meaningful to be added in front of their camp name, e.g., Mr. Brittanica, Dr. Chansey, or D.J. Granite, M.C.
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