Counselors in Training (C.I.T.)
LEADERSHIP & MENTORING program
AGES: 13-16 | 2 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS OF CAMP
Counselors in Training (CIT) have an essential role in helping run our Camp Fair Oaks program. Campers will look up to you for support and guidance, which will teach you leadership skills as you act as a role model for them.
Working alongside our welcoming and encouraging staff, you can expect to learn a lot this summer and grow in confidence as you move into a new phase of your life and education. Camp Fair Oaks has a proven track record of developing youth to become bright, successful young adults!
- APPLICATION information
- EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
- expectations & responsibilities
- BENEFITS of PARTICIPATION
APPLICATIONs beginning march 2020
PROGRAM FEE | $85 PER WEEK
To apply for the Counselor in Training Program 2020 click here.
Positions are limited per week and are not guaranteed until confirmed by the Camp Director and payment is received in Full.
Submit the 2020 Counselor in Training (CIT) Leadership Program Application to the Camp Director for Camp Fair Oaks, via email or by mail or in person at:
Fair Oaks Recreation and Park District Office
4150 Temescal Street
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
After we have received your application, we will contact you for payment and scheduling.
If you have any questions, contact the Camp Director at email@example.com or (916) 966-1036.
WHO CAN BE A c.i.t.?
If you are between the ages of 13-16 and have positive motivation, fun-loving energy, and real excitement to work with young children, we want YOU to apply for a CIT position!
Please be aware that you must be available for two consecutive weeks during the summer in order to receive the best CIT experience. Take a look now at your summer plans and see which two weeks fit your schedule best.
You are exposed to all kinds of weather, as a majority of the activities are outside. You should have the ability to move or lift items needed for camp. You will be walking distances as you engage in activities around and outside of the Camp Fair Oaks facilities.
You will be scheduled to work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You will have the option to work Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to aide counselors during Extended Care.
the role of a C.I.T.
CIT’s are not solely responsible for helping supervise the campers. You will be responsible for assisting with crafts, activities, maintaining as safe environment for the campers, and providing general support to our Camp Counselors. CIT’s are supervised by the Camp Fair Oaks Counselors, Lead Counselors and the Camp Director.
All Counselors in Training MUST:
- Attend all phases of training before the start of camp;
- Meet new ideas with an open mind, accept constructive feedback, and make positive changes;
- Show willingness to have a positive attitude at all times and adapt to change;
- Accept and follow all Camp Fair Oaks policies and Camp regulations;
- Be respectful and responsible for all Camp Fair Oaks property and equipment;
- Assist in the creation and maintenance of a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants;
- Follow the set schedule for service (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.);
- Participate fully in weekly meetings for the CIT Leadership Program;
- Assist with preparation, execution and clean-up of camp activities as assigned such as crafts, games, and camp potluck; and,
- Complete and submit emergency paperwork through the ePACT Network upon enrollment (completed by a parent or guardian).
TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE - IT’S WORTH THE EFFORT!
BENEFITS FROM PARTICIPATION INCLUDE:
- Gaining valuable experience for future employment and/or school references;
- Experiencing a behind-the-scenes look at being a future Camp Counselor when old enough to apply;
- Getting exposure to leadership development topics such as goal setting, communication, and decision-making;
- Developing relationships with a fun, energetic, and eclectic team of Camp Counselors who can provide guidance for your future steps; and,
- Spending two weeks playing games, meeting new people, going on field trips, and just having a blast!
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT!
Hear from a former CIT just how important her experience has been in her life.
marie gearhart | current uc davis student
"Hi, my name is Marie Gearhart and I’ve been with the District (specifically Camp Fair Oaks) for 11 years now, as a camper, CIT, and a counselor. Ever since I started going to CFO at seven years old, camp every summer was always one of the highlights of my whole year! I met people outside of my school that I could hang out with and I also got to admire the CITs and Counselors that I had always looked up to. As a camper I always knew that I would want to work my way up the ladder at CFO because it is something that I would never want to give up. I soon became a CIT and knew the ins and outs like the back of my hand.
Being a CIT was a great opportunity that I will be grateful for the rest of my life for, because it taught me many skills that not only apply to being a counselor but to life as well: communication skills, social skills, teamwork, problem solving, and so much more. Now, I have been a Counselor for two years and a Lead last summer and it has changed my life.
I have been given the opportunity to come out of my shell, form bonds with children and staff, learn how to help run a summer camp, and make memories that will stay with me forever. But the best part is I had so much fun while doing it! I would recommend Camp Fair Oaks to anyone and everyone, whether they’re a parent, a child, a teenager, or even someone who just wants valuable work and life experience. I’ve seen Camp Fair Oaks change over the years, and have been part of the change, and it has only gotten better."