In this advanced, selective program, Counselors in Training (CITs) take on a significant amount of responsibility and are expected to be the leaders of our Camp community. The CIT Program is designed for young, talented people who are highly motivated and looking to challenge themselves. The CIT Program is much more than “one more year of Camp”; it’s a commitment towards becoming a true leader and making a difference in the lives of others.
The CIT experience features several key components, all of which are designed to challenge, motivate and inspire program participants to become dynamic leaders:
■ Service to Camp and the Community – CITs use the leadership tools learned in training workshops and apply them to real-life challenges and projects that impact both our Camp and the community around us. CITs complete a wide range of cooperative and hands-on projects that will reinforce leadership lessons and provide Teen Leaders with the opportunity to positively impact others in tangible ways.
■ Leadership Skills Training – These interactive sessions are mentally challenging and hands-on. Training Workshops at the 10th grade level reinforce lessons from the LEAD Program and focus on higher-level concepts such as empathy, acceptance of diversity, and planning for their future.
■ Challenge Training – Adventure & Teambuilding Activities – CITs participate in a Challenge Training Course that helps teenagers push beyond their comfort zones and perceived limitations. High Ropes Course adventures, team-building games, and physical exercises teach life long lessons to program participants.
■ Camp Counselor Interns – CITs assist Group Leaders, Counselors and Specialists throughout the day during electives, swim, group activities and special events. CITs also get practice in leading groups, facilitating special events and planning camper activities.
In addition, CITs receive lots of guidance from all members of the Everwood Day Camp team. Specialists, Group Leaders & Directors mentor program participants throughout every step of their leadership journey. All CITs receive formal performance evaluations, giving them concrete and valuable feedback on their experience.
It is important for all potential applicants to know that successful completion of our Teen Leadership Program does not ensure future employment at Everwood Day Camp. We ask those who apply to our CIT Program to understand that they should participate because they have a strong interest in learning great leadership skills, and not because they are seeking a position on the Everwood Day Camp team in the future.
The CIT Program has a strictly limited enrollment and any interested individual must apply and fulfill all of the necessary application requirements. Complete details of the CIT Application process are available in the “Signing Up” section below. CITs must attend Camp for at least 3 weeks of the Regular Camp Season.
■ 10th grade Program Applicants must complete the CIT Application process, which consists of the online form, and 2 letters of reference. Please click here for a complete description of the CIT Application process.
■ Applicants who were not a part of the 9th Grade Program must also take part in an onsite-interview with one of the directors.
■ Within 2 weeks of submitting all of the application parts, camper will receive an acceptance decision letter.
■ If accepted, a Parent/Guardian then completes the online Camper Registration Form via CampMinder (signing up for a minimum of 3 of the 9 weeks of the Regular Camp Season).
■ The deadline for completing all parts of the application is May 15, 2016.