Who is the program for?
The program is for teens who have finished the 10th grade. CIT’s may be former campers or completely new to camp. We view CIT’s as staff members. Therefore, we require that CIT's attend our pre-camp staff training week. Dates for summer 2019 are from June 2nd through July 27th. CIT’s must have a strong interest in interacting with and caring for children. The Camp Roosevelt Firebird Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program demands hard work and maturity. CIT’s are given real responsibilities and many opportunities for growth. They must be interested in developing leadership skills and style.
What do CIT’s do?
Counselor-in-Training participants spend eight weeks at camp - June 2nd to July 27th (there may be some flexibilty regarding dates). Pre-camp training is from June 2 - 8 and extremely important. CIT's attend this training and are groomed to be assistant counselors for a cabin group. They work and learn with the support and guidance of two college age Senior Counselors in a cabin group setting of 5 to 9 campers. They are a full time member of the camper care team with some counseling and supervisory responsibilities. CIT’s also assist in specific program areas helping to plan and lead activities.
They receive weekly leadership seminars to process what they are learning and learn practical counseling techiniques. CIT's have one day off a week where they collectively plan group outings, relax and have fun. They go a 3 day special camping trip as a culminating experience. CIT's form their own supportive community. They often develop strong interpersonal bonds. Participating in this program is the perfect way to successfullly transition from camper to full time staff member.
Putting Others First
It is a huge transition from being a camper to a Counselor-in-Training (CIT) and not everyone is ready for this. It’s not enough to just love camp. Participants have to place others’ needs ahead of their own. They are expected to make a positive impact on the camp community. For the right person, it can be a very meaningful and deeply rewarding experience.
Before applying, one should decide if the program is right for them.
Follow the link below to register and fill out an online application. If you are new to camp, you will have to set up an account first. When prompted to select a session, choose CIT Application Session. Fill out the application which should be under "my forms", then we will review your application. If you are selected to be a CIT, you will recieve an email congratulating you and and explaining the final steps to finish the registration process.