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Teen Leadership /CIT Program

The CIT (Counselor-in-Training) program is designed for teens 13 to 17 who want to develop leadership skills to prepare them for future careers. CITs play a vital role as they transition from being campers to potential future staff members. We want CITs to enjoy all the fun of being at camp, but we still rely on them to assist camp staff and be positive role models.

During the camp day, CITs participate in leading various activities such as arts & crafts, games, sports, and more. They also lend a hand with tasks like supporting homesick campers, maintaining cleanliness, and helping with setup. The CIT program emphasizes leadership, teamwork, and child development training. CITs are doing much more than taking kids to get water!

Communication about the program and application process should occur directly between the applicant and the camp director. While parents can offer guidance, independence and maturity are valued qualities in applicants. The goal is for CITs to gain valuable experience in the application and interview process, along with skills applicable beyond camp counseling.

Requirements to be considered
  • Must be between 13 - 17 years old

  • Must submit an application to be selected

  • Must provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher or leader

  • Must agree to the rules stated in the application packet

  • Must be able to attend the full CIT session 

  • Must be able to attend the mandatory CIT Training 

Sessions
*Deadline for Summer session applications is June 1 based on availability
  • Session 1: June 3 - 7

  • Session 2: June 10 - 14

  • Session 3: June 17 - 21

  • Session 4: June 24 - 28

  • Session 5: July 8 - 12

  • Off Season - please reach out for dates during the school year

Tier 1
  • Ages 13 & 14

  • Registered as a camper

  • Fee: 50% of the regular student tuition for the session

  • Responsibilities: Leading small groups of 3-4 campers during recreation activities, assisting campers with bathroom/water breaks, being encouraging to campers who might be frustrated, being a positive role model.

  • Benefits: leadership training day prior to session start, reimbursement for any CPR/First Aid training, CIT t-shirt, opportunity for learning new skills applicable to future careers in a supervised environment

  • Note: Tier 1 CITs will be paired with Tier 2 CITs or Camp Counselors for all activities

 

Tier 2
  • Ages 15 to 17

  • Not registered as a camper, but not a full camp counselor

  • Fee: None

  • Responsibilities: Leading groups of up to 8 campers during recreation activities, monitoring campers for safety and behavior with the guidance of a camp counselor, finding opportunities for connection and leadership with campers, helping campers during activities as needed, being a positive role model. 

  • Benefits: leadership training day prior to session start, reimbursement for any CPR/First Aid training, CIT t-shirt, opportunity for learning new skills applicable to future careers in a supervised environment, Tier 2 CITs may receive a scholar fund (please email for details)

Email your application to Lizzy at info@jaxdragonfly.org

CIT Managing Microscope Station
CIT Leading Group Game
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