Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program


The goal of the Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is to provide an opportunity for teens to develop leadership and teaching skills in a fun, inclusive environment, while providing summer camp participants with positive role models.


Applicants must:

  • Be 13-17 years old
  • Have participated in ELC programs previously (exceptions to this requirement can be requested on a case-by-case basis)
  • Be willing to learn in a fast-paced environment
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Have reliable transportation on the days they wish to volunteer
  • Commit to volunteering a minimum of 40 hours throughout the summer
  • Have a passion for working with young children and the outdoors
  • Attend CIT informational meeting with parent/guardian in April (time and date TBD)
  • Attend the CIT training (time and date TBD)


This volunteer program allows CITs to work with younger campers in order to develop leadership and teaching skills. CITs will set personal goals at the beginning of the summer, which they will work towards throughout their volunteer experience. Tasks may include helping with daily planning and supervision of camp, leading games and short lessons and assisting with setting up and putting away camp supplies. CITs will primarily work with the youngest group in each camp, students ages 6-9 years old.


A maximum of three CITs will be accepted per camp week. CITs will commit to volunteering for at least half of each day of camp; a minimum of 4 hours per day, Monday-Friday. During the application process, CIT applicants will be asked during which camps they prefer to volunteer. A schedule will be put together based on all applicants’ requests and will be completed by May 1. Please review the Summer Day Camp schedule prior to completing the CIT application.

Application process:

The CIT program has been canceled for Summer 2020. We hope to be able to offer this program in 2021.

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