Counselor-in-Training Program

Five summer camp counselors, participating in a training programThe Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program at Camp Jeanne d’Arc is a leadership training program for campers who are 16-17 years old. Our mission is to provide a structured leadership opportunity, as well as basic training and preparation for becoming a Jr. Counselor (eligible at age 17) and/or Counselor (eligible at age 18).

Prospective CITs are to submit an application for acceptance into the program. The standards/expectations for the program are listed below and may be of use in college applications and résume building.

Young women ages 17+, who have served as a CIT at Camp Jeanne d’ Arc,  are eligible for a Jr. Counselor position.

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CIT Program Standards

  • The focus of our CIT program is leadership development. The CITs, led by a staff member,“CIT Mom,” have the role of a Counselor-in-Training, and will attend and participate in scheduled meetings discussing applicable subjects such as leadership, health and safety, childhood development, programming and lesson planning, balancing personal and group goals, identifying personal strengths, working with small and large groups, etc.
  • CITs may serve as Officer of the Day (O.D), distribute Candy Cart, fill Personal Care Orders, conduct Wacky Wednesday Shows, conduct campfire, etc.
  • CITs will assist with an activity of their choosing (ie. archery, art, etc.), as well as participate in camp activities.
  • CITs are eligible for Senior Clubs and need not be a member of the Junior Club first.
  • CITs will have one group “night off” each half session. Under supervision, they will enjoy an evening off campus with the CIT group.
  • CITs are subject to the same behavior criteria as the Jr. Counselors and Counselors (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.
  • CITs will meet frequently with the CIT Mom to discuss issues relevant to their experience in the program.
  • CITs live in a cabin with other CITs; they are never left alone to supervise campers.
  • CITs must attend camp for at least 3 1/2 weeks, 7 weeks is preferred.
  • CITs tuition is 50% off full tuition, 75% off for 2nd year CITs. Optional activities such as horseback riding, waterskiing, tutoring and the motor trip may be added at full price.
  • CITs are eligible to participate in motor trips, golf, and one of the following activities (unless otherwise cleared by the CIT mom): waterski, horseback riding or Sr. club.

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


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

Should I Apply?

If you are a young woman, age 16-17, and are interested in growing your leadership skills by mentoring younger campers and training to teach activities, then this program is for you. A three and a half to seven week commitment is mandatory for all applicants. CITs enjoy a 50% discount on tuition. 2nd year CIT received a 75% discount.

What Should I Expect?

As a CIT you will be engaged through our program to find your voice as a mentor, uncover your talents in activities, discover your passion as a leader and realize your value as a member of a talented team of counselors.

In addition, you will be responsible for special projects such as planning the Wacky Wednesday show, and serving camp as an Officer of the Day (a vital role in maintaining safety and fun at camp). As a CIT, you can expect to meet regularly with the CIT Director (often affectionately referred to as the “CIT Mom”) and to receive specific training tailored to meet the demands and challenges of camp life.

What Will I Learn?

As a CIT, you will leave camp better prepared for the challenges you may face in college and in your adult life. You will have a better understanding of collaboration and cooperation with others. Your time spent as a CIT will help you to focus on your goals and learn more about yourself and your unique talents.

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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