Counselor-in-Training Program

Five summer camp counselors, participating in a training program

APPLY TO BE A C.I.T.

The mission of the C.I.T. Program is to assist our 16 -17 year old, senior campers as they continue on their journey to becoming strong leaders. 

Counselors-in-Training can be previous campers or new to camp, reporting to the C.I.T. Mom and Head Counselor. C.I.T.s actively engage in the daily responsibilities of being a staff member and learn the foundational skills needed to be a camp counselor.  They learn first aid and work with counselors to lesson plan and teach activities, help campers to establish and manage daily routines, offer encouragement and support to campers, and practice patience and empathy. They attend regular leadership training, take part in mentoring sessions, and work on projects and events that benefit the larger camp community.

By the end of the summer, C.I.T.s will feel confident handling increasing responsibility, taking initiative, and communicating clearly and assertively. 

What specific responsibilities will I have as a C.I.T.? 

C.I.T.s may serve as Officer of the Day (O.D), distribute Candy Cart, fill Personal Care Orders, conduct Wacky Wednesday Shows, conduct campfire, teach activities alongside a counselor, and assist with planning and preparation for camp traditions.  C.I.T.s also participate in Life Skills 101 and Leadership Training throughout the summer.  The topics of these trainings are determined by the C.I.T. Mom and the C.I.T.s

What is C.I.T. Leadership training?

Leadership training takes place twice a week.  The C.I.T. Mom and the C.I.T.s will choose one of the following topics each week to teach/discuss. 

  • Skills to be an exceptional cabin counselor
  • Learning, practicing, and developing communication skills
  • Ways to empower campers and yourself
  • Successful ways to work together with a team
  • Giving back to the camp community

What is Life Skills 101?

Life Skills 101 takes place twice a week.  The C.I.T. Mom and the C.I.T.s will choose one of the following topics to teach/discuss each week.                                                

  • Plan a meal/set a table/cook something                                                                   
  • Properly make a bed
  • Track finances/basic budgeting
  • Basic first aid
  • Mental health
  • Meditation/stress management
  • College applications and essays
  • Internet safety/good social media habits

What will I learn as a C.I.T?

You will learn first aid, how to lesson plan and run an activity, help campers to establish and manage daily routines, offer encouragement and support to campers, and practice patience and empathy. You will attend regular leadership training, take part in mentoring sessions, and work on projects and events that benefit the larger camp community.

As a C.I.T., can I still participate in camp activities?

Yes, C.I.T.s are eligible for Senior Clubs and need not be a member of the Junior Club first. C.I.T.s are eligible to participate in motor trips, golf, and one of the following activities (unless otherwise cleared by the C.I.T mom): waterski, horseback riding, or Sr. club.

What privileges do I have as a C.I.T.?

C.I.T. tuition is 50% off full tuition, 75% off for 2nd year C.I.T.s (optional activities such as horseback riding, waterskiing, and the motor trip may be added at full pric). Under the supervision of the C.I.T. mom, C.I.Ts. will have one group “night off” each half session.  Based on a schedule set up by the C.I.T. mom, C.I.T.s are afforded the privilege of spending time in the Chalet with other members of the staff.

What is the expectation for me as a C.I.T.? 

C.I.T.s are subject to the same behavior criteria as the Jr. and Sr. Counselors and (as described in the Counselor Handbook) specifically with regard to being a proper role model, upholding core camp values, and carrying out our camp mission.

What are my living arrangements as a C.I.T?

C.I.T.s live in a cabin with other C.I.T.s; they are never left alone to supervise campers.  They are assigned to work with one cabin throughout the summer and have specific times they must be with their assigned cabins and times they must be with their fellow C.I.T.s

What is the required time commitment? 

To both learn and apply the many skills you learn as a C.I.T., we recommend that all C.I.T.s attend camp for 7 weeks.  C.I.T.s must attend camp for at least 3 1/2 weeks.

Camp Mission

Our mission at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc is to build strong girls and empower them with the confidence and skills they need to succeed.

Our Motto

Faith, Endurance, Courage and Confidence

Slogan

Empowering Young Women Since 1922

Core Values

We value wholesome playful fun

We value every individual’s unique gifts

We value becoming our best selves

We value all, as members of the Camp Jeanne d’Arc family

Counselor-In-Training Testimonial

As a CIT at Camp Jeanne d’Arc, not only did I learn leadership skills working with multiple age groups of campers, but I also helped make suggestions and decisions with counselors and staff members. In the CIT program, I got to see more into the counselor’s responsibilities, anywhere from safety procedures, to choosing a topic for discussion before bedtime. Although I was no longer a camper, I still got to do my favorite activities from when I was, such as archery, paddle boarding, and arts & crafts! I both assisted in teaching these, and got to participate alongside campers. I found the CIT program to be a helpful transition between being a camper and counselor, with the combination of some of the responsibilities of a counselor, the bonds and friendships of a camper, and the fun and excitement of both.

Amanda P., NYC

Amanda P., a camper from New York City featured with two other campers

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