The JCC’s Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is a competitive program that is designed to take former campers (incoming 9th and 10th graders) who have a love of camp and have demonstrated a strong desire to work with children and grow their leadership skills. In addition, the prospective CITs should be thinking about becoming a staff member when they are eligible, not just looking at the program as something to do or a way to spend another summer at camp. Please note that completing an application does not guarantee a spot as a CIT at camp.
Interested CIT candidates will complete an application, submit a reference form (only one reference is needed), and interview with JCC staff members. If invited to the program, participants will spend three weeks focusing on training from various members of the JCC. After completing the mandatory three weeks, there will be an option to sign up for weeks 6, 7 and 8 to work with camp groups.
- The CIT program will take place during weeks 2, 3, and 4 of camp (June 8–26). The program will run during regular camp hours from 8:30 am–4 pm.
- CIT participants must complete all three weeks.
- The CIT program is priced at $599 for all three weeks. Voluntary weeks (July 6–10, 13–17 and 20–24) are priced at $150/week.
- The program will be limited to 10 members and admittance is through a competitive process that will include a written component and interview process. The formal interview may take place in person or over the telephone.
- The CIT candidate should carefully complete the application by March 30, 2020 and turn in all required materials to the Welcome Desk. Make sure all application materials are addressed to Caitlyn Mills.
- The CITs are subject to the same code of behavior and policies as regular camp staff and will participate in all aspects of camp life.
- After completing the three mandatory weeks, CITs may also participate in the three voluntary weeks during weeks 6, 7 and 8 of camp. During these voluntary weeks, CITs will be:
• Assigned to a camp group and stay with them for the duration of the week;
• Taking the training they learned during the program and applying it for further hands-on learning;
• Able to have a one-on-one meeting with the Camp Director at the end of each voluntary week.
Under the supervision of the Camp JCC Staff members, they will:
- Understand the importance of volunteering;
- Gain hands-on experience that can be translated to applying for jobs later on;
- Learn about different leadership styles and honing their own leadership styles;
- Incorporate Jewish values into their views of leadership and volunteering;
- Help provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for campers;
- Always work with a staff person and never be left alone with campers;
- See what goes into creating a successful summer day camp (programming, supervision, camp policies, etc.);
- Work with staff to develop and co-lead programming and activities with various age groups during their last week.