The STEAM Project CIT program (for campers currently completing Grade 9 or 10)
Our CIT Program is geared towards our oldest campers (completing grade 9 or 10) who are interested in taking on a leadership role at camp. The CIT Program is a summer of fun with our staff, friends, and with all of our technology, meant to lead the transition from kid and camper to young adult and staff member. The program is the perfect blend of experiencing the challenges of participating in staff responsibilities while at the same time enjoying the fun of being a camper.
As young and aspiring leaders, our CITs will experience the delicate balance of training, skill development, personal growth, and mentorship; combined with a unique camper role ensuring that the summer will be one of the best they experience. All CITs will receive a Certificate of Completion, professional references, and a Director’s review. The CIT training program is a great gateway to becoming a staff member, or as experience for future job opportunities.
INSPIRE YOUNGER CAMPERS
GAIN LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
BE PART OF A TEAM
DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS
Our ultimate goal is for our CITs is not only to have a fantastic summer but to be prepared for leadership challenges either in future summers at The STEAM Project, or elsewhere in life.
Our CITs will have a greater sense of responsibility, independence, and accomplishment that will allow them to transfer their newly learned skills to the real world.
Camp Application: You and your parents must complete the regular camp application form using our online application. Your application will be held until we can confirm that you have been accepted into the program.
CIT Meeting: Please call us at 289-819-0178 or e-mail: to arrange a meeting.
What we look for when considering CIT program candidates
- Ability to work in a cooperative environment with a general respect of fellow campers and staff.
- Capacity to follow policies and rules with a positive and flexible attitude.
- Activity and skill involvement, over energetic presence.
- A successful participation in our LIT program.
- Leadership potential (in general or through our LIT program).
- Recognition by camp instructor, unit heads and directors of involvement in all aspects of our camp program.
- Support of camp, and its philosophy.
Areas of focus for The STEAM Project CIT Program
CITs work hands on with our younger campers by assisting our counsellors with at least two cabins and/or age groups, learning to deal with different social, adjustment, and general welfare issues.
CITs have teaching placements at different activity areas, developing their own skills, while learning to teach younger campers new skills.
CITs are involved in general leadership training sessions presented by experienced camp leaders. These sessions focus on leadership theory and allows them to put it into practice when working with campers.
Project Time: Part of the day is spent planning and developing their own project based on their interests and working with the tools and technology at camp.
A TYPICAL DAY
What a typical day as a CIT looks like
In the morning, CITs stay with their assigned camper cabin, greeting their campers as they arrive to camp and working closely with the counsellors and instructors learning on the job how to deal with various camper issues and helping their campers to complete projects. They will often spend lunch time with their campers as well. It will be during these important times that they learn to effectively work with campers and build special relationships that will last for years.
After the morning, CITs meet with the CIT Coordinator in the afternoon as a group and then individually. Group meetings may focus on various camper issues or challenges being experienced at camp and how to handle them; such as: managing behaviours, group dynamics, conflict resolution, and time management; or on practical applications of leadership skills. LITs will then have time to develop their own skills while working alongside our instructors, assisting, teaching, and planning camp-wide events and/or working on their own projects.
How do evaluations work?
Throughout the summer, staff will give the CIT coordinator feedback that will be reviewed with CITs regularly. At the end of the program, a final evaluation summary including the CIT coordinator’s observations will be available. This evaluation can be used as a reference when applying for future jobs.
Is there a 2 week CIT program?
We ask that all CITs make the commitment to the program for at least 2 sessions (4 weeks total) to receive a fair and full evaluation.
Can I come back as staff if I don’t do the CIT program?
It is very difficult to become a staff member immediately if you haven’t completed our CIT program as we give priority consideration for applications submitted by campers that have successfully completed the program the previous year.