Counselor in Training (CIT) Program
Mountain Camp Woodside offers a Counselor in Training (CIT) program that is available for both Day and Overnight campers entering 9-12th grade. The program emphasizes leadership skills, creativity, team building and most importantly fun! By acting as role models for younger campers and assisting in leading different aspects of the camp program, it is our goal that the CIT’s walk away having learned new leadership skills and have formed lasting memories with our youngest campers.
The CIT’s will take part in a special training program, similar to our own counselors training, to help them better understand the importance of a counselor’s responsibilities. They will learn what it takes to be a good role-model, dealing with difficult situations – such as homesick campers, team-building, body language and speech, and safety.
Alongside the training aspect of the program, CIT’s will improve their leadership and creativity, by being given the task of planning and executing their very own activity to teach at camp. Resident CIT’s will also have the opportunity to lead an evening program for Alpiner campers.
It’s not all work though! CIT’s will enjoy unique activities and trips just for them, that other campers do not get. Trips to the park to compete in the annual CIT Hunger Games, beautiful hikes in the Portola Valley mountains and ice-cream breaks are all examples of special treats that CIT’s get to experience. They also get some down-time to be a kid! Taking part in Alpiner activities of their choice and very popular Color Wars. One of the highlights for resident CIT’s is the weekly slumber party! Complete with ice-cream parlour, zumba, glow in the dark mini golf, a chance to reflect on their week, and a movie, it is one of the favorite parts of the week.
This past summer CIT’s were also put in charge of creating a Mountain Camp Woodside ‘Thought of the Week’. CIT’s discussed a theme and were able to channel their creativity into a video, working together. You can view these on our Youtube channel.
CIT’s will be given their own branded, and pretty cool, shirts to wear so other campers and staff members can identify them as CIT’s.
There is a short application that must be completed by the applicant in order to be considered for this program. After you have enrolled your camper for the CIT program, you will receive an email directing you to the CIT application within your Mountain Camp Woodside account. When choosing CIT candidates, past performance, the application and counselor references will be taken into account.
To register your camper for our CIT program, please use our Enroll Online link at the top of the page. Once you put in your camper’s information, our system will automatically recognize their eligibiity for our CIT program and present that as a program option for the camp session of your choice.
If you would like more information about the Counselor in Training program, please do not hesitate to contact our office.