CITs (Counselors-In-Training) play an important role in making Camp COLEY a success each year. The CIT program focuses on fostering leadership and scouting skills in our high school campers. Each CIT is assigned a group of campers to accompany and assist during their various day program activities to help them learn new skills and build lasting camp memories. They are also responsible for helping leaders manage campers and have daily campsite responsibilities. The CITs encourage camp spirit and create a welcoming environment for all Camp COLEY campers. CITs are also indispensable to our night program. They help set up, run, and clean up the various night time programs.
CITs are young adults who have completed their first year of high school and have attended Camp COLEY for at least one year prior. In order to become a Camp COLEY CIT, every applicant is required to submit a completed CIT application along with two recommendations (first time applicants) or two references (returning CITs). Additionally, accepted applicants must attend mandatory pre-camp CIT training which is held every year in late-spring/early summer for all Camp COLEY CITs. Our training program provides our CITs with the skills and knowledge that prepares them for assisting our campers throughout the camp week. It also serves as a great bonding experience which helps foster a sense of community with the CITs.
Camp COLEY CIT Program
The Camp COLEY CIT program aims to help young adults realize their true potential through their own experiences. CITs are equipped with skills which will aide them on their road to adulthood. They participate in a variety of activities which grow scout skills, promote leadership and foster a sense of community.
Serving as a Camp COLEY CIT is a privilege, not a given. CITs are held to higher expectations, have greater responsibilities, additional assignments and, as a result, increased opportunities. By definition, Counselor-In-Training, this program is designed to transition young adults from the role of a camper, to being a prepared, capable counselor. This experience can, and should, serve as a personal, educational and professional growth experience.
To foster leadership.
To tackle new challenges.
To be of service to others.
To develop scout skills and knowledge.
To promote a sense of community.
To encourage a good sense of self.