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Counselor in Training Program (CIT)

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Purpose:

Teela-GamesThe CIT program is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, discover and build life skills, and improve their athletic skills.

Background:

Because of our unique nature as a sport-specialty camp within the framework of a traditional camp, our counselors need to have skills in two distinct areas; camp counseling (residential life) and sports coaching. The CIT program was established to teach counseling skills, while also providing an opportunity for participants to continue developing their own sports skills.

Course Focus:

The course consists of focus areas covering six aspects of camp operation. The six aspects are: the camper, planning and programming, practice, administration, leadership, and health and safety.

Requirements:

  • 16 years of age and entering junior year of high school, or its equivalent (this coming summer)
  • Previous Windridge camper
  • Mature, trustworthy, responsible, leadership qualities, and ability to abide by camp rules and regulations
  • All CITs must attend at least one session but would encourage you to attend two if possible

Responsibilities:

High RopesThe training and supervision of all CITs will be the responsibility of the CIT Director.

  • CITs will meet as a group each day for one hour with the CIT Director as part of the counselor training course. This will include program, resident life, evening activities and special events.
  • Participate in a camp community service activity.
  • Assist in operating the camp store.
  • Attend all meals and activities.
  • Organize and run one evening activity each session.
  • Plan, set-up and decorate for banquet each session.
  • Assist in evening activities and special events.
  • Live in a cabin with campers under the guidance of a mentor counselor living in the same cabin. Mentors will be counselors that will help train and evaluate CIT's in the responsibilities of resident life.
  • Select at least one activity major to train in as an instructor. CITs will work at least two hours a day in that major. The Director of the major will assign a mentor to assist in their training.
  • The daily schedule of eight periods will include:
    • Two periods of a regular major program
    • Two periods of training in a major program
    • Two elective periods
    • One period CIT training course
    • One period free time

Time off is subject to the approval of the CIT Director and includes:

  • One free period each regular schedule day
  • One early night each session
  • After cabin is all quiet until 11:00 pm

How to apply:

  • Read through all of the materials.
  • Decide if you are willing to accept the responsibilities of a Counselor In Training.
  • Complete the CIT application.
  • Complete the Camper Application.
  • Explain in a one page essay, why you'd like to be a CIT.
  • Submit one letter of reference.
  • Cost of program is half the price of the normal camp tuition for the two sessions in which you are participating.
  • Once the above process is complete and you have been accepted into our program, you will receive an agreement from us that needs to be signed by you, your parent and then returned to us.
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