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Counselors-in-Training (CIT)

Leadership Training and Hands-on Experience

Would you like to be a host family for one of the Chinese students participating in our Summer Programs during two weeks in July? Please contact RTP ICE.

Ages 13 to 15
8:00/8:15 am to 3:00 pm

(Optional free drop-off between 8:00 and 9:00 am for our CITs)

$125 per session

Do you enjoy interacting with children? Do you love summer camp? Are you willing to work hard? To be a positive and helpful assistant to a teacher? This could be a fun way to spend some of your summer!

Our CITs gain real work experience and an opportunity to practice leadership skills learned in our Leadership Challenge course. You're assigned to a different program matching your interests and skills as much as possible. Generally, younger CITs are placed in courses for younger students and older CITs are placed in courses for older students. You won't be placed in programs serving your same age, although you're welcome to take the workshop as a student. And, indeed, some CITs take courses some weeks and come as CITs other weeks.

We work with you as you practice leading groups of children and follow directions from your mentor teacher. We check in with you to make sure you're on the right track, listen to your input, and support your work. By the end of the week, we hope you will feel confident in your own leadership and problem solving skills, that you will have developed a sense of you own leadership style, and that you will have learned some new skills from your mentors. At the end of the summer, you'll receive a written assessment from your mentor teacher. We hope you'll find your service valuable both as tangible experience and for your resume. In the words of one past counselor-in-training, "I want to be an elementary school teacher, which I figured out partly through my work as a CIT."

The CIT Program requires a commitment of two weeks, but they don't need to be consecutive. Peruse the course offerings and choose the classes where you might like to be an assistant. Please include a rank-ordered list of your preferences in your letter of interest.

Parents needing Extended Care as late as 5:45 pm can enroll their CIT. CITs have no formal role or responsibility during Extended Day and are under supervisory care just like other Summer Programs participants, so the cost is the same as for any other student.

Students who age out of our Counselor-In-Training program become eligible for our Intern program!


Applying for the First Time

Interested candidates should email to Anthony L. Clay, Director of Extended Learning, at ExtendedLearning@cfsnc.org, a:

  • letter of interest, including
    • reasons for your interest in this role
    • examples of a time when you've been a good follower and/or leader
    • your course preferences for CIT placement
  • brief resume
    • any experiences with children, as a member of a community, and/or other pertinent activities
    • YOUR email address

Please create a new CampInTouch account or, if you were a student last year, go to your account.

If you've never been a CIT or you're 12 and want to get a head start for next summer, please enroll in one of the three Leadership Challenge sessions offered this summer. In very rare circumstances, if you cannot attend one of the early leadership training weeks, you may still be considered as a CIT depending on your experience, but you will still need to take Leadership Challenge later in the summer. Your input is invaluable in the workshop, and you will have a better chance of being considered to be a CIT the following summer.

On the online enrollment form you must select at least two weeks to serve as a CIT. Spaces are limited each week. If a session is full, please check back with us...summer plans do change and we may have openings.

Note for Parents: We'll confirm your student's CIT position via email after we receive the:

  • emailed resume and letter of interest
  • online enrollment and fee ($125 per session, which covers supervision, tee shirt, and report at the end of the sessions)
Been a CIT already?

If you've previously served as a CIT, you don't need to send a resume, but please do email Anthony L. Clay, Director of Extended Learning, at ExtendedLearning@cfsnc.org another letter of interest explaining why you would like to repeat this experience. So, no resume, only a letter and registration.

Thanks so much for your interest in the CFS Summer Programs Counselor-In-Training Program!

Parents, this is a wonderful opportunity for your students to try out their wings by learning how to explore requirements and expectations, apply for a position, and follow through. Thanks for giving them the information and then letting them complete the steps above (and make any email or other inquiries of us). We're here to help!

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4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705
919.383.6602 tel / 919.383.6009 fax / info@cfsnc.org

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