Camp at the J: Counselor in Training Program
If your camper is an incoming 9th or 10th grader for the upcoming Camp at the J summer session, they are eligible to apply to Camp at the J Counselor in Training (CIT) program!
More About Counselors in Training (CITs)
The Camp at the J CIT program is an accredited leadership training that includes classroom courses in leadership, planning, values, and communication, with hands-on experience with camper activities including swimming, specials, and field trips. CITs are campers preparing to be a counselor, specialist, or advocate and will go through a special curriculum to improve their leadership skills.
There are two CIT programs available: A five-week and nine-week program.
Five-week participants will be certified in either mental health OR first aid/CPR.
Nine-week participants will be certified in mental health and first aid/CPR.
Each CIT will keep a journal throughout the program to reflect upon, record, and review their training and experiences. With the guidance of Camp staff, CITs will determine actionable steps to continue their growth and learning.
- Assist in everyday counselor responsibilities, willing to receive constant feedback
- Responsible for understanding the rules, policies, and traditions
- Work with children to ensure they are being successful at camp
- Have a “Kids First” vision and place the camper’s experience first
- Have interest in working with children as well as the ability to be patient
- Responsible for motivating camper participation in camp programs, bunk activities, etc.
- Encourage a fun, positive, and safe environment within the parameters of the JCC mission
- Participate in Leadership Sessions
- Assist the Supervisor Team in running big camp events
- Other duties as assigned
How to Apply
In order to apply, the camper’s legal guardian will need to fill out the camp application to get the camper started. Once the application is completed, the Camp at the J team will be in contact and set up a CIT interview. Of course, we understand that this will most likely be the first interview your camper will go through so we make sure to explain everything and give a clear expectation of the role at camp.