Do You Want to Be A Counselor?
Are you mature? Do you think you are ready to cross the line from being a camper, whose primary goal is having a great time, to being the counselor whose role is to help others have a great time?
The Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program at Adirondack Camp provides participants with leadership, apprenticeship, and service opportunities to further their growth in their self-awareness and interpersonal skills.
To become a CIT (Counselor-In-Training) you must be 17 years old at the start of Camp. With a limited number of CIT positions, they fill up quickly after the summer. While exceptions can be made, the CIT program is open almost exclusively to former campers.
As a CIT you must understand:
- This is a job, and it’s hard work
- It isn’t always fun, but it is rewarding
- We don’t expect you to know how to do everything, but you must be willing to learn
- We know you’re going to make mistakes, and that’s OK
- While you’re busy supporting others, we’ll be busy supporting you
- Being a CIT is an extension of being a Ranger, but with full immersion in our advanced leadership program that stresses teaching, coaching, and mentoring younger campers.
- Live in a cabin with campers and serve as role models
- Assist counselors in teaching specific activities
- Attend focused workshops on elements of leadership, communication, and best practices for working with children
- Receive specific weekly written feedback
- Help Camp leadership with Blue/White games, Awiskini ceremonies, and Parents’ Visit
- Plan and facilitate ADK events, e.g. Carnivale
- Participate in an overnight camping trip and other team building experiences