Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program

CIT with Campers

CITs are a unique cohort; no longer campers, but not yet staff. Think of the CIT program as a certificate course and volunteer internship that will provide entering 9th and 10th graders with valuable skills and experience and enhance future job prospects.

Walk away from the program with a letter for eighty volunteer hours and skills essential to being successful as a future camp counselor. The program itself is structured as a one-week Counselor Training Intensive (CTI) followed by a two-week Mentored Field Experience (MFE).

During the CTI component, participants will develop valuable leadership skills (such as teamwork, communication, and problem solving), learn how to be effective role models, gain insight into youth and adolescent development, and build a repertoire of games, activities, language, and techniques that will enhance their ability to create a safe, positive and fun environment for themselves and for others.

The MFE weeks are when the CITs will receive hands on learning experiences. During the first week, CITs will visit many of our different J Camps where they will assist the existing staff in supervising campers, supporting group activities, and enriching the social and educational experience of the campers. During the second week of the MFE, the CIT will be able to choose which specific camp they would like to assist in all week.

At the end of the two weeks, each CIT will formally meet with the J Camps Director and teen professional for reflection and cooperative evaluation whose focus is on the development of the CIT as a current and future leader.

For more information, please contact the Camp Office at 713.595.8166.