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  • Photos and more information available at www.y-owasco.org! Counselors-In-Training (CIT) is a 5-week day and resident camp program for teens age 16-17 or going into 11th grade. There is a special application process for CIT. Please be sure to fill out a CIT Application before you register. Youth who take our CIT program should not only want to improve their leadership skills, they should also want to be a camp counselor! CIT requires the camper to work with children and be outdoors. Teens in this program will be taught leadership, outdoor living and recreational programming skills, instruction and public speaking techniques, and childcare skills. CITs are, without question, role models for the younger campers and, while they themselves are still campers, they have opportunities to be seen as assistant counselors during their time here. The first two weeks are spent as a CIT group, learning leadership and counseling skills together through group challenges. During the 3rd, 4th, and 5th weeks, the CITs will serve as assistant counselors under the supervision of the primary counselors for an assigned tribe. While they officially will not be staff, it is a chance to put into practice all that they have learned up to that point, and see new aspects of counseling while still learning from the Leadership Director. Furthermore, CITs will assist in teaching a program area under the direction from an experienced staff person. At the end of the session, CITs are evaluated for their performance in the program and are given a recommendation as to whether the camp administration should hire them next year. For youth who eventually want to be Y-Owasco staff, CIT gives them the benefits of learning to interview, learning our procedures, and experiencing much of what a counselor does first-hand before applying for the job. CITs who do well and interview well may be hired before they have graduated high school–a year before people who do not participate in a CIT program. CIT includes 2 weeks of Resident Camp.

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