Counselor In Training Program (CIT)

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Counselor-in-Training Program Dates:

2023 CIT Sessions are full. CIT applications open in the fall for the next summer.

Application, Acceptance, and Expectations

Application Process

The Counselor in Training program is our final camper program for young adults who want to learn the basic skills of a camp counselor. Applicants complete a Counselor in Training application and go through our interview process. Although the program is open to all, priority is given to former CILTs. However, being a camper, CILT, or CIT does not guarantee acceptance. Selected CITs will be placed into a session based on availability. Please note the sessions you are not available for, and why on your application. Once your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email with more information.

As this is the precursor to applying to be a general staff member, we ask that applicants – not parents – handle all aspects of the application and interview process.

CIT Overview

CITs spend two weeks in an intense training program. First and most importantly, CITs are the oldest campers at camp and seen as role models and leaders, along with the staff. They are assigned a younger cabin to live in, with 2 staff members. CITS participate in daily training sessions, as well as hands-on experience leading campers. Each CIT is expected to behave in a camp appropriate manner without significant staff direction and supervision. The CIT program is very demanding physically and mentally, as CITs have more responsibilities than a CILT, but not the same as a Staff Member. The CIT program is another step towards potentially becoming a staff member at CIC.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Entering 12th grade
  • Successful completion of CILT or equivalent program. (the program is open to all, priority is given to former CILTs)
  • Desire and ability to work with children in the outdoors
  • Ability to accept supervision and guidance
  • Good character, adaptability, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control
  • Maintain a well groomed-appearance during the camp session
  • Abide by Catalina Island Camps CIT policies

General Responsibilities & Outcomes

  • Gain a greater understanding of the Mission and Outcomes of CIC
  • Enthusiastically participate in all CIT training sessions, camp activities and traditions
  • Live with a group of campers and provide active and positive leadership & build upon current skills, under the guidance of their head counselors and Leadership Coordinator
  • Learn how to lead a group of children
  • Learn how to identify and meet campers needs & communicate with them individually
  • Fulfill supportive roles and support the practices, rules, and policies of Catalina Island Camps.

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