Leadership Training and Hands-On Experience
Ages 13 to 15
8:00/8:15 am to 3:00 pm
(optional free CIT drop-off as early as 8:00 am)
$135 per session
Do you enjoy interacting with children? Do you love summer camp? Are you willing to work hard? To be a positive and helpful assistant to a teacher? Serving as a CIT could be a fun way to spend some of your summer!
Our CITs gain real work experience and an opportunity to practice leadership skills learned in our Leadership Challenge course (offered Weeks 1, 4, and 6). You're assigned to a different program matching your interests and skills as much as possible. You won't be placed in programs serving your same age, although you're welcome to take the workshop as a student. And, indeed, some students take courses some weeks and come as CITs other weeks.
Your day begins at 8:15 am (8:00 on Monday) with a meeting where you, fellow CITs, and our CIT/Intern Coordinator engage in leadership activities, role-playing exercises, class debriefings, and preparation to facilitate our all-program morning meeting at 9:00 am. There, our CITs, depending on their interests and strengths, share announcements, lead an ice-breaker song or activity, and emcee the occasional talent show.
For the rest of the day, you're generally with the class to which you've been assigned. You will have some clean-up responsibility around the Gym cafe after lunch, which also offers another check-in opportunity with the CIT/Intern Coordinator and your peers to share challenges and successes.
We work with you as you practice leading groups of children and follow directions from your mentor teacher. We check in with you during the day to make sure you're on the right track, listen to your input, and support your work. By the end of the week, we hope you will feel confident in your own leadership and problem-solving skills, that you will have developed a sense of your own leadership style, and that you will have learned some new skills from your mentors. We hope you'll find your service valuable both as tangible experience and for your resume. In the words of one past counselor-in-training, "I want to be an elementary school teacher, which I figured out partly through my work as a CIT."
The CIT Program requires a minimum commitment of two weeks, but they don't need to be consecutive. Peruse the course offerings and choose the classes or types of classes (art, outdoors, sports, etc.) where you might like to be an assistant. Please include a rank-ordered list of your preferences in your letter of interest. We can't guarantee choices, but we do our best to accommodate your areas of strength and interest.
Parents needing Extended Day
care as late as 5:45 pm can enroll their CITs without cost; in return, we ask them to be positive role models and help the Extended Day staff in fostering fun activities.
Students who age out of our Counselor-In-Training program become eligible for our Intern