Our Place Counselor In Training Program
A CIT will assist the adult staff for one week of camp (5 6-hour days). This year the staff will consist of the camp director and an ass’t teacher, and the CIT will assume the position of third in command.
Much of CIT’s work will involve serving the minor needs of campers while the adult staff is preoccupied with group activities; for example, the tying of shoes, bathroom visits and other “personal issues,” ensuring application of sunscreen and bugspray, finding of lost objects, stopping of bad behavior, getting them to drink lots of water, etc. CITs will be called upon to do fun things, too, like tell the stories of natural and cultural history of the places we are exploring, lead walks, and teach identification of flora, fauna, geology, weather and the best places to get ice cream. They will be asked to sing at least one song, or provide some other sort of attention grabbing public spectacle, everyday while campers are in transit in the camp-van, also known as “the Beast.”
CITs are 7th to 9th graders who have attended at least two Our Place sessions during two different years.
CITs like environmental philosophy field studies so much they want to go to the next level, and help to execute Our Place’s action-based biocultural history curricula.
CITs will receive training: 1 4-hour pre-camp session, the rest of the training occurring on the job. Training will include: camp and campers management, biocultural history, and the practice and art of teaching in the field.
Cost and logistics:
The CIT program costs $200.00 . All regular camper forms and policies apply. CITs arrive at camp at 8:45 am to welcome campers and leave camp at 3:15 pm, to see them off.
Prospective CITs must submit a statement of interest, sharing the reasons they would like to be a CIT.