Do I have to be registered to apply to be a CIT?
Yes, have your parents register you for camp first. Then you can apply to the counselor-in-training program.
Who can be a CIT?
The CIT program is open to campers who are going into 11th grade and looking to continue their camp experience in a new and challenging way that includes focusing their attention toward younger campers. We require that participants are willing to do their best to act responsibly and respectfully as a part of our learning team. One must have a basic level of ability to learn and get along with others. Participants who fell short of doing their best to follow the Code of Living or adhering to camp policy in a previous camping experience may not be eligible for the CIT program. We are not expecting perfect behavior. A CIT is committing to doing their best to live in our camp community.
What is the biggest difference between being an LIT and a CIT?
CITs are choosing to be younger camper focused throughout their camp experience. This may include giving up some of their free periods, evening programs with their cabin group, and activity periods. They must also be a 4 week camper.
If I am in 11th grade, am I required to be a CIT to still be able to attend camp?
No, you may be more interested in being a LIT and sharpening your leadership skills by gaining experience in leading people in general.
Can I be a CIT for only 2 weeks?
No, the CIT program is four weeks to allow you to build strong leadership skills, create relationships with campers and staff, and develop a sense of community.
Can I be a CIT for 2nd and 3rd session?
No, since most of our campers come the first two sessions or the last two sessions and the program is designed to develop a sense of community within the CIT group we ask CITs to not come for 2nd and 3rd session.
Will I still get to see my friends who are not CITs?
Yes! You will live with fellow CITs or LITs from your age group, and you will choose four of your five activity periods (CITs must take Leadership class with fellow CITs/LITs for one period).
What do we do in Leadership class?
You will do group games, role-playing, initiatives and discussions to develop leadership skills like teamwork, responsibility, respect, motivation, listening, problem solving, planning, initiative, creativity, persistence, presenting, problem solving, and observation with your peers. You will also talk about topics unique to working with younger campers.
What are some of my responsibilities as a CIT?
- Being a Role Model - Being a role model that every younger camper and your peer will look up to. Remember to keep in mind that you are a participating leader - you cannot turn off being a leader.
- Benches/Dining Hall - Interacting with a group of younger campers on the benches and in the dining room - for four weeks.
- Activity Assist- Assist in one of your favorite activities for three days.
- Big Sister & Big Brother Cabins - Spend time with a younger cabin for each of the 2 week sessions. You will spend 3 nights after supper until lights out at 9:30 pm and 3 evenings until 8:00 pm.
- Tracking a Counselor for a Day - Attending meetings/announcements as appropriate, observing in their cabin, activities, and other camp responsibilities.
What is the CIT special event?
Events have ranged from a campfire hosted by only the CITs, surprise special programs for younger cabins and their peers, creating their own camp song, or having a special contest. The possibilities are endless. The CITs get to choose! This event has become memorable for many of our campers and staff.
Do we do any community service as a CIT?
Yes! You will share your leadership talents with the local community. Check out the Community Service Page for projects we have done in the past.
Is there anything else fun we do as an CIT?
Yes! You will do a lot of fun things. Every year is a little different based on the skills and experience of the group of CITs as well as the counselor mentor that teaches the class.
Do I get to go to regular classes if I am an CIT?
Yes you get to choose four of your activity periods that will be with the rest of the campers in camp. During this time you are able to develop skills, work toward goals, or just have fun!
Who do I live with if I am a CIT?
You will live with other LITs or CITs in a cabin and be under the direction of a mentor counselor.
Can I be a dishwasher and a CIT?
Yes, but due to all of the unique opportunities of the CIT program, you will only be able to commit to doing dishes 6 times in a two week session. We want to make sure you have plenty of time for fun!
If I am a CIT will I be hired as a staff member?
Successful completion of the CIT program does not necessarily mean that you are guaranteed of a counseling job at Camp Foley when turning 18 or 19 years of age. There are many factors that are involved in hiring.
Does the CIT program cost extra money?
No, CITs actually get a discount of $200 for all the help that they provide during their four weeks.
What do we talk about in the CIT interview after I apply?
The interview is a chance for you to develop interviewing experience, talk about your leadership experience and skills, and a program can be developed around the goals, strengths, and weakness of the individual CITs.
How do I apply?