“ Our son participated in the CIT program this summer. We immediately noticed the difference in the level of responsibility and willingness to cooperate at home. He also has new insights in interpersonal relationships that I believe will help him later in life.” Parent of a 2013 CIT
Counselor in Training Program (CIT)
Ages 16 & 17
The CIT program is a four or five week program designed to train those who are ready to take on new challenges, opportunities and responsibilities at camp. CITs work with campers assisting staff in cabins, activity areas, evening activities in both Overnight and Day Camp. They have additional responsibilities around camp including dishes, excursion food distribution, and mail delivery. This unique opportunity provides teens with the chance to develop their personal leadership style, hone in on their communication and problem solving skills and gain valuable professional development that will help them succeed at Camp, in school and in any workplace.
In 2016, we debuted an upgrade to our traditional CIT program. It has been a huge focus for the year round team at Camp to continue to better this program so that we are not only creating a highly skilled applicant pool for future staff, but we are also sending CITs home who are better prepared for school, college, the workforce and beyond.
The curriculum of the CIT program will be based on six core competencies:
- Youth Development
- Leadership Styles
- Group Facilitation
- Risk Management & Decision Making
- Effective Communication
- Professional Development.
To best deliver lessons on these skills, we will utilize a mixture of in-camp CIT classes (similar to previous summers) and an off camp, CIT only, wilderness trip (new in 2016!). Each CIT participant will go on one CIT-only excursion and the majority of the CITs will also get a chance to help lead an overnight camp 3 day excursion alongside our counseling staff. While not learning in the backcountry, the CITs will be living in cabins and learning about the responsibilities of a counselor through a combination of hands-on practice and specific CIT training classes led by our CIT Directors.
A CIT experience allows teens the chance to see “behind the scenes” at Camp and have a lasting impact on our campers this summer. Plus, a chance to gain lifelong friends and memories! For more information please email Jiné Andreozzi, Summer Camp Director. Find the dates for the CIT program here.
Leader in Training Program (LIT) – Ages 15 to 17
This two week leader-in-training adventure trip will have you exploring the Adirondacks and your leadership potential. Investigate leadership styles, interpersonal communication, and trip-leading skills through hands-on learning in a variety of workshops and adventure activities. Plan your own backpacking trip in the High Peaks region and assist with local community service. Each participant will have the opportunity to lead the group along the way. Dates for this program can be found here.