LIT and CIT – YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na

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Participants must be 15 years of age by June 2020. This program is designed for our oldest campers, and helps teach them what it takes to be a good role model for other campers. This two week program serves as both a great stepping stone to the CIT program and as a great leadership experience for one of their final sessions as a camper. The LIT program runs during all of our pre-scheduled two week sessions.

To sign up for the LIT program, please check the LIT box on the registration form. Like all other cabin assignments, individuals will find out if they are in the LIT program on the first day of camp during the check in process. Acceptance into the LIT program is done based on age and interest in the program. The oldest campers will be assigned to the LIT cabin first.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is LIT different than regular camp?

The LIT program is a chance for campers interested in the CIT program to get a head start in the skills needed to be a staff member. They learn valuable skills that will assist them as a CIT.

What is the daily schedule?

In the morning, LIT campers participate in aquatics trainings, leadership and team building skills, and then they join a hobby period with the Rangers. Periods 4 and 5 are camper’s choice as it is for all campers. Sometimes LIT’s help in other activities at night like Chapel or new games night.

What are some privileges that the LIT’s receive?

LIT campers first gain a sense of pride in knowing that they are role models for other campers. They also have extra rewards they can earn like hobbies as a cabin during cabin time, having a night off from evening activity to do team building activities, as well as staying up slightly later than the Frontiers.

What will the LIT program do to prepare a camper for becoming a CIT?

The LIT program will work with the CIT program and start the basic necessities of teamwork and knowledge of how to work with younger campers. LIT’s will work on the framework of being a counselor increasing the benefits of becoming a CIT to give them advanced placement in cabin situations. Campers in the LIT program are between 14 and 15 years old and are anticipating applying for the CIT program.

What are topics discussed in the LIT program?

As an LIT you learn about what the role of a leader is. We build on team building skills through activities such as low ropes elements, group discussions, and observation. Campers learn how to deal with bullying and fairness to all campers, role modeling, planning and pacing. LIT’s learn about communication skills and the ability to deal with situations in an appropriate manner.

YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na Counselor In Training (CIT) Program

Frequently asked Questions

What is the goal of the CIT program?

The goal of the CIT program is designed to teach valuable life skills, build self-esteem, and increase your son’s ability to focus and work as a team member, while getting ready to make the hard decision of do they or don’t they want to become a counselor at Camp Mi-Te-Na.

How long does the program take?

The program takes four weeks and is broken up into four different stages. The first is week is the basics, learning how to do the required duties, how to work with youth, and bond with fellow CIT’s. The second stage involves shadowing; CIT’s will spend full days with a specific staff member observing how they conduct the day’s activities. In the third stage its time to start co-leading activities, CIT’s will start taking an active role in the cabin and at activity areas where they are assigned. The final week CIT’s are assigned a full time cabin where they will get to know the campers best and how to deal with common cabin problems. What trainings are offered throughout the program? The CIT program provides a variety of trainings all designed to help the CIT become a successful camp counselor. This includes workshops on homesickness, child abuse prevention, bullying, emergency procedures and drills, communication, team building, first aid and more.

How is the CIT experience different from being a camper?

While CIT’s still participate in a variety of camp activities they are no longer playing for themselves, but playing to make sure all campers are engaged in a safe and fun activity. What is the best age to be a CIT? To participate in the CIT program participants must be 16 years old by June 15, 2020. We encourage all campers to participate in the Leader In Training Program first as it is a great stepping stone program.

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