Teen Leadership/CIT Program

The counselor-in-training (CIT) program exists to help 10th, 11th, and 12th graders learn leadership skills and to prepare them to become counselors after graduation. CITs have a unique role at camp – they’re no longer campers, but not yet staff. We want CITs to enjoy camp, the friendships, and the activities, but we’re relying on them to be role models for our campers and helping hands for our staff.

CITs live in the cabin with 8-12 campers and two counselors. During the camp days, they’ll help lead activities like arts & crafts, dance & games, land sports, archery, and more. They’ll also work with homesick campers, help create excitement around camp, assist with basic cleaning and dishwashing, and more. The CIT program is dedicated to leadership development and teambuilding as well as child development and programming training.

The Right Fit

In addition to looking for CITs who meet the requirements for each of our CIT sessions, we’re looking for young people who:

  • Share our philosophy of putting the needs of others before your own.
  • Share our belief in our core character values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
  • Share our love of camp, children and the outdoors.
  • Share our commitment to excellence in safety, courtesy, programming and all that we do.
  • Share our commitment in being positive role models for the children in our care.
  • Exhibit a positive mature attitude, be fun and enthusiastic, and possess a strong work ethic.

Program Benefits

  • Gain a behind-the-scenes view of camp that can help with many areas of life.
  • Establish job and character references.
  • Earn community service hours that help with school requirements, scholarships, college admissions, and more.
  • Learn vital interpersonal and workplace skills that will enrich your life.
  • Challenge yourself with personal growth and expanded self-esteem.
  • Learn to work as a team.
  • Learn to work with and properly communicate with a supervisor.
  • Gain experience leading children in the camp environment.
  • Make lifelong friendships, have fun, and create unforgettable memories.

Program Challenges

The CIT program is challenging for young people on many levels. First, it takes a large amount of energy to complete all of the daily tasks and responsibilities of a CIT and maintain a positive attitude. Second, it is a transition time. Participants are no longer campers and must be willing to be a constant role model, placing the campers’ needs in front of their own.

Program Communication

Communication regarding the application process and the program should be between the applicant and the camp director and assistant/program director. The most successful applicants treat the application and hiring process just like any job application. Parents should feel free to help in certain ways, like guiding the applicant in selecting references and helping them learn to professionally apply and interview. At the same time, please remember we seek candidates who are independent, mature and self-motivated. It is our hope that parents help cultivate these traits by allowing their teens to take full responsibility for their CIT application. Our goals are that all applicants to the Counselor-In-Training program gain valuable experience in the job application and interview process and that all our CITs gain skills that are applicable not only to being a camp counselor but to other aspects of their lives.

Parents will receive emails with updates about program fees, Check In and Check Out times, packing lists, etc.

Off-Season Programs 2020-2021

Requirements to be Considered for Off-Season Programs Participation

  • Must be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade at the time of applying
  • Must submit an application and be selected
  • Must pay the accompanying fee (financial assistance is available)
  • Must agree to the rules stated in the application packet

Program Dates and Rates

Program Date Fee
Family Camp Sept. 25-27 FREE
Halloween Camp Oct. 23-25 $110
Winter Camp Dec. 27-Jan. 2 $300
Spring Fling March 19-21 $110

 

As we add more and more off-season programs, this list may grow. Check back regularly for additional camps.

Application Process

The application linked below serves as an application for all off-season programs. Only one application is needed per year. Please read the application and application thoroughly before applying. Once finished, email the application to executive director Allison East Krabill at aeast@fcymca.org.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To help ensure program quality, our CIT spots are limited and the selection process is competitive.

2020-2021 Off-Season CIT Application

Summer 2021

Requirements to be Considered for Summer 2021 Participation

  • Must be a rising high school junior or senior
  • Must submit an application with two (2) references by either:
    • Mail (6765 Immokalee Rd. Keystone Heights, FL 32656)
    • Scanned and emailed to aeast@fcymca.org
    • Faxed to 352.473.7106
    • NOTE: Second-year CITs need only one reference.
  • Must be able to attend the full CIT session
  • Must be able to attend the mandatory CIT Training Retreat (May 28-30, 2021)

Program Dates and Rates

CIT Mini Session: June 6-12

CIT Session 1: June 13-26 (Overlaps Camper Sessions 1&2)

CIT Session 2: June 27 – July 10 (Overlaps Camper Sessions 3&4)

CIT Session 3: July 11-24 (Overlaps Camper Sessions 5&6)

CIT Session 4: July 25 – August 7 (Overlaps Camper Sessions 7&8)

CIT sessions cannot be split.

Cost: $400 for Mini Session; $800 for all other sessions