Program Overview:

Requirements: Must have completed 8th, 9th or 10th grade.
(Beginning in 2019, only 9th & 10th graders can apply for the CIT program.)

Program Description: Counselors-in-Training (CIT) typically want to apply for a job at camp in the next summer (or two) as a Junior Counselor. CITs exhibit strong character, life skills, and leadership qualities. They will learn more specific skills for working with kids and co-workers, and more experience planning and leading activities. This program is filled with challenges that build their skills, confidence, and capacity for working with people of all ages. CITs are integrated into the camp program for the summer and will help plan our Friday morning activities. They will work with a different age group throughout the summer, be mentored by the Head Counselor for that group, lead activities, and have a chance to learn from all staff. CITs will continue to push themselves as they gain confidence, independence, leadership, and a positive outlook. CITs will demonstrate their passion and desire to better themselves, their community, and their world in their respect and value for the four core values of the YMCA and its mission statement. CITs will be supervised by the Program Director and will meet weekly to plan Friday morning activities, reflect on their experiences, and will discuss their progression towards readiness of becoming a future counselor.

Please fill out the application below and submit to Karen Guise, Senior Program Director, at, by April 14th.  You will be contacted for an interview in the beginning of May.

CITs that are selected for the Summer, will need to register for all of the weeks they will be attending the camp, registration will be open beginning May 14th.

CIT 2018 Application (printable)

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CIT Application

    • CIT session hours are 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
    • You will be contacted by May 4, 2018 to schedule an interview. Interviews will be scheduled the week of May 7, 2018.
    • Mandatory Training will be the week of May 21st, from 5pm-9pm.
    • There will be a maximum of 12 CITs for the entirety of camp (up to 12 weeks).
    • Once chosen as a CIT, you will be able to register for your weeks beginning May 14th, you may register for any and all weeks.
    • Each week will be $60 a week ($15 deposit at time of registration).
    • Overnighter and optional field trips will require separate registration and additional fee.

    Please take a few moments of your time and answer the following questions.


    Relationship with Camp and Community
    • I will, in dealing with people, be impartial and just - always looking toward the good of others.
    • I will maintain an attitude of respect and cooperation in dealing with campers & staff.
    • I will cheerfully observe all rules of the camp, thereby encouraging others to do the same. My own standard of conduct will be higher than that expected by the camp.
    • I will not permit my participation in the CIT program to be used for selfish reasons of any kind.
    • I will consider it my duty and privilege to help improve my camp and community.
    • I will strive to do my best in all areas of the CIT program.

    Responsibility to the CIT Program
    • I will respect the privilege of being a member of the CIT program.
    • I will perform my responsibilities efficiently through knowledge of program requirements and through contact with staff and directors.
    • I will reflect the good influence of the YMCA and the CIT program through my own words and actions.
    • I will always let my criticism of the program be constructive, not destructive.

    Responsibility to Other Members
    • I will avoid unfavorable criticism of other members of the CIT program and I will show respect when offering constructive criticism.
    • I will always report to my director any matters that involve the best interests of the group.
    • I will always show respect and appreciation to my fellow group members and staff.

    Responsibility to Myself
    • I will take pride in who I am and what I stand for in being a member of the CIT program.
    • I will strive to maintain high standards in my thoughts, words, and actions.