Thank you for your interest in Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program!
3/25/20 Update: Please contact Sarah Delise at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in completing an online application and signing up for an online group interview.
2020 Counselor in Training (CIT)For Grades 6-12 (in 2020-2021 School Year
Our LIT (Leader in Training) program has now merged with our CIT (Counselor in Training) program. Any teen in Grades 6-12 (in the 2020-2021 school year) can apply for the CIT program. Please see the interest letter for more information – specifically how to register for one of the required group interview sessions.
The CIT program is a hands-on educational program designed to develop the skills necessary to be an effective camp counselor. Program focus includes developing leadership, communication skills, team-building, goal-setting and working with children. It is not "working" at camp. A CIT is still technically a camper and therefore bound by many of the same rules and restrictions as regular campers, as well as the same code of behavior and policies as regular program staff. CITS will always work with another counselor and will receive mentorship from a camp director and CIT program coordinator.
The primary duty of a CIT is to assist with the overall supervision of campers and help to provide a safe, clean, supportive, and enjoyable atmosphere for campers. CITs help to contribute ideas and help with the planning of themed activities, and will plan and carry out at least two independently led activities each week, under the mentorship of the Camp Director and staff. The session will end with an individual evaluation by the Camp Directors and recommendations for the continuation of each participant’s development. At this time, CITs may be invited back for additional sessions; an additional registration fee would apply. CITs may receive SSL hours for time spent assisting with the supervision of campers and are responsible for their completion of all required paperwork with their school.
All CIT applicants should be interested in working with children and possess maturity, flexibility, a strong work ethic, and the ability to have fun.
How are CITs Selected?
CIT space is competitive and selective based off of group interview performance and full and detailed completion of their application.
To be considered for a CIT position, all returning and new candidates must attend (1) group interview session, where they will showcase their talents by leading a group game, activity, song, or craft. CIT applicants will also work to independently complete a written application.
CITs will need to come prepared with names and contact information for (3) professional references (teacher, pastor, volunteer group leader, coach, etc).
Contact Sarah Delise directly for more information on possible half-day camp options, including half-day preschool enrichment camps and half-day preschool and youth sports development camps.