COUNSELOR IN TRAINING
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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, 2022. We encourage all campers to participate in the Leader In Training Program first as it is a great stepping stone program.