Counselor-In-Training Program

Who is the program for?

The program is for teens who have finished the 10th grade - generally 16 years old. CIT’s may be former campers or completely new to camp.

We view CIT’s as staff members. Therefore, we require all CIT's to attend our pre-camp Staff Training Week: 6/6/20 - 6/13/20.

CIT's must commit to at least 2 Traditional Camp Sessions. They spend five or nine weeks at camp.

  • Full Summer: 6/6 - 8/8

  • CIT-1: 6/6 - 7/11

  • CIT-2: 7/11 - 8/8 (plus Staff Training week)

The CIT Trip is offered once during the summer. Dates are 7/6 -7/10. All CIT's are welcome to join. Those in the CIT-2 Session must begin a week early.

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. We expect CIT's to develop leadership skills and their own personal leadership style.

White water rafting trip. Hold on!
White water rafting trip. Hold on!

What do CIT’s do?

Counselor-in-Training participants spend five or nine weeks at camp.

Staff Training is required. Dates are June 5 to July 18

At Staff Training, CIT's begin the process of learning about their role as assistant counselors. They receive first aid training and may receive training for various skill based activities including life-guarding (which the camp will pay for.) They also learn about camp policies and safety procedures, our expectations of staff members, and of course all about counseling strategies and techniques.

We have a CIT Director who manages our program. During the summer, the CIT Director runs weekly leadership seminars to help CIT's process what they are experiencing. They also discuss practical counseling techiniques. The CIT Director is a mentor who provides feedback on a regular basis.

CIT's live in a cabin group setting with two older counselors -- often both of college age -- and with a group of 5 to 9 campers. They are a full time member of the camper care team with counseling and supervisory responsibilities. CIT’s also assist in specific program areas helping to plan, assist and potentially -- when they are ready -- lead appropriate activities.

CIT's have one day off a week which is supervised their Director. They collectively plan group outings, relax and have fun. They normally go on an exciting 5 day camping trip which functions as a teambuilding and leadership experience. CIT's form their own supportive community. They often develop strong interpersonal bonds. Due to COVID 19 we have not yet determined iof this trip will be possible for the summer of 2021.

Participating in this program is the perfect way to successfullly transition from camper to full time staff member. It also provides teens with many hands-on opportunities to practice leadership, communication and other countless life skills.

Board game master. Setting up.
Board game master. Setting up.

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.


CIT's are required to attend staff training and all summer. June 5 - July 18

The CIT Trip is offered once during the summer. We do not yet know if this trip will go out due to COVID 19.


$2625 for the summer

To Apply

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.

Apply now!