CITs will study and discuss leadership traits as well as put them into practice with campers, their peers, and camp staff.
Camp Cory's Counselor In Training program aims to train participants to be effective leaders and to understand the necessary qualities and responsibilities required to be a camp counselor. Camp Cory enables all program participants with the tools to be leaders in the camp setting and the community at large. CITs pursue the study of leadership and camp programming. Participants will gain experience by observing and working with campers under the direction of the Leadership Director and Coordinators. CITs expand their leadership skills by shadowing counselors, taking certification courses, and participating in various activities and workshops that will prepare them for working with campers.
CIT Session 1 - 3: June 25 - July 15 FULL
CIT Session 3 - 5: July 9 - July 29 FULL
CIT Session 5 - 7: July 23 - August 12 Boys FULL, Girls Spaces Extremely Limited!
The CIT program is designed to serve as a transition from camper to counselor. The program is three consecutive weeks and is designed to make this transition smooth and meaningful. Upon completion of the CIT program, many participants choose to become Camp Cory staff members to give younger campers an experience as meaningful as their own. Because of the important work we do with children at camp, we take the training of our young leaders and future counselors very seriously.
Teens who will be 16 by December 1, 2017 may apply. We also accept 17 year old applicants who have not been through the CIT program previously. Interested individuals who have not been to Camp Cory are more than welcome to join the program. There are limited openings and the program routinely fills quickly, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. Participants must be available for all 3-weeks and are required to remain at camp during the first weekend holdover of their program.
Age 16, CIT: as a Counselor in Training, your child will learn to act as a counselor under the direct supervision of our leadership team and the Camp Cory staff. Three weeks of training are included in the program with an optional fourth week Internship that is based on an at-camp application and interview.
Age 17, Assistant Senior Counselor: after applying for this competitive position, your child will act as a true cabin counselor for other campers with the guidance of an older staff member living in the cabin as well. Contracts may be shorter than the full eight week summer and not all individuals who were CITs are guaranteed positions.
Age 18, Senior Counselor: at age 18, your child may apply to become a Camp Cory counselor for all eight weeks of the summer. In this position, they live in cabins with their campers and help to train younger counselors and CITs. From here, your child may go on to become an Activity Chief, Village Head, or even a member of the leadership team in which they’ll train a new group of CITs.
Special Notes: as a 15 year old CIT (who will be 16 by December 1st), your options for employment the following summer are extremely limited. CITs who are 15 during the summer months are also able to be campers in traditional camp or sailing camp prior to their time as CITs, though it is not highly recommended. They may not be campers after their time as a CIT as this does not fit with the progression of the CIT program.
CITs will spend one week with together with their cohort living in CIT cabins and beginning their leadership training. From there, the group will spend the remaining two weeks acting as Counselors in Overnight Camp cabins. The program will focus on four essential learning areas: safety awareness, teaching and facilitation strategies, behavior management and mediation, and a facilities focus/camp nuts and bolts. During their time, they’ll learn to manage homesickness, behavioral issues, and various other camper situations. They’ll also be learning how to lead several activity areas and work toward becoming certified as Lifeguards.
At the completion of the program, a small number of applicants will be asked to stay for an unpaid, 1 week internship as an extension of their learning as a CIT. The internships are awarded based on attitude, work ethic, and the participant’s commitment to the camp experience. The internship is offered for one week following each CIT program. Applications and interviews will be conducted during the CIT’s time at camp. Participants offered an internship have no obligation to accept.
This is a two-step registration process. First, a 2017 Camp Cory Overnight Camp Registration Form with deposit is to be submitted. Second, the Camp Cory CIT application with personal statement and reference forms must be submitted to the Camp Office. This application will be mailed to those applicants who have registered and paid their deposit. Reference forms should be given to individuals who can speak of your character and work ethic and should not be filled out by relatives. Once your application packet is complete, an interview with the Overnight Camp Coordinator will be scheduled. This interview will be used to discuss expectations of the program and to answer any questions that applicants may have.