Our Place Counselor In Training Program
A CIT will assist the adult staff for one week of camp (5 6-hour days; and will have 1 additional on-the-job training day before the session they are CIT-ing).
Much of CIT’s work will involve serving the minor needs of staff while they are preoccupied with group activities; for example, by ensuring all campers have seat belts on, are being sensitive to others, have applied sunscreen and bugspray, are fully nourished and hydrated, etc. CITs will be called upon to do fun things, too, like share the stories of the natural and cultural history of the places we are exploring, lead walks under the direction of staff, and teach identification of flora, fauna, geology, and weather patterns. The goal of the CIT program is to inculcate teaching and leadership skills.
—CITs are 6th to 8th 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 must be Red Cross 1st Aid certified.
—CITs must receive 1 day of on-the-job training in a session that occurs before the session they are CIT-ing. 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 $250.00 . 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, after seeing them off.
Prospective CITs must submit a statement of interest, sharing the reasons they would like to be a CIT. Please contact Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.320.0522 for more information.