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COUNSELLOR IN TRAINING (GR.9)

Program Options

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COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (GR. 9)

Program Options

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About The CIT Program

Our CIT Program is geared towards our oldest campers (grade 9) who are interested in taking on a leadership role at camp. The CIT Program is meant to lead the transition from child and camper to young adult and staff member. The program is the perfect blend of tackling camp challenges, gaining leadership experience, and learning conflict resolution, all while at the same time enjoying the fun of being a camper.

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. CITs who demonstrate particular leadership and passion in STEAM will even be considered for future job opportunities at the STEAM Project!

Goals

Inspire Younger Campers

Be Part Of A Team

Gain Leadership & Experience

Develop Your Skills

Goals

Inspire Younger Campers

Be Part Of A Team

Gain Leadership & Experience

Develop Your Skills

A Typical Day

CITs will work within their cabin groups alongside counsellors and instructors to deal with various camp challenges involving campers. They are also responsible for assisting, teaching, and planning camp-wide events and/or working on their own personal projects.

CITs will also have the opportunity to partake in technical workshops to develop their skills in woodworking, 3D printing, and design, and more! Further skills are also developed in an offsite camp trip with their fellow CITs!

Role & Responsibilities

  • Greet, interact and work with younger campers
  • Assist counsellors with cabin groups
  • Lead lessons in different activity areas & teach younger campers new skills
  • Participate in leadership training sessions that focus on leadership theory to use with campers
  • Plan and develop your own specialized project based on your interests and present at the end of the month

Personal Project

The CIT program at The STEAM Project also requires our CITs to execute their own personal project with a chosen special focus. Over the course of the month that they get to be here, the CITs will be given time, tools, and software to brainstorm, develop and build a specialized project of their choice based on their experience.

CIT’s personal projects will allow them to collaborate with instructors to build their project from scratch, as well as more time to master technical skills that will be used over their time at camp. Encouraging and giving CITs the ability to pursue personal projects encourages them to develop their passions and interests while refining their technical skills.

A Look at our CIT Program

Application Process

Step 1: Camp Application

Fill out the CIT application form here.

Step 2: CIT Meeting

We will contact the CIT applicant during the first week of June to arrange a meeting. A virtual meeting option is available.

In the meeting, we will determine if the CIT applicant meets the selection criteria (please see below FAQ for more details)

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FAQ

What are the CIT selection criteria?

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
  • Leadership potential (in general or through our Senior Leaders program)
  • Recognition by camp instructor, unit heads and directors of involvement in all aspects of our camp program.
  • Support of camp, and its philosophy.

How does the final evaluation 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 just apply to be a staff member?

It is very difficult for high school students to become staff members without completing the CIT program. Campers that have successfully completed the CIT program have priority consideration to be hired as future staff.

My child did Senior Leaders program last year. What's different about the CIT program?

CITs are given more leadership opportunities than our senior leaders campers. Senior leaders spend a majority of their camp day as a regular camper, and participate in leadership activities for a portion of each day. CITs will be working on leadership training and activities all day long. They also have the opportunity to work on a personal project with direct mentorship from our staff.

Campers that completed the senior leader program have a higher likelihood of being accepted to our CIT program.