The Counselor in Training (or CIT) program is an incredible opportunity for high school students ages 16–18 to gain leadership experience, volunteer in an adventure setting, and invest in middle school students. CITs typically have been Adventure Camp campers and/or Adirondack Leadership Program participants. They act as a positive role model for campers, assist with games and activities, and build relationships within their camp group. CIT training is required during one Friday night and Saturday in June, and CITs can volunteer for 2–4 weeks of the summer.
Applications for the summer 2020 season are no longer being accepted.
CITs are an essential part of Adventure Camp: belaying in the rock gym, helping campers with their canoeing, giving encouragement on high ropes, and assisting in other adventure activities! They are a role model to the campers through their investment, positive attitude, and service to others.
Being a counselor in training is a chance to grow in leadership, confidence, group dynamics, and working with youth. Counselors in training have opportunities to practice servant leadership daily. All of these are skills that can be carried on beyond the summer!
Counselors in training are paired with college-age counselors to work with a small group of 10- to 13-year-olds. They will have the chance to work with several different groups of campers and possibly different counseling teams as well.
Past CITs have really enjoyed getting to know campers, talking to them about their interests, and listening to their thoughts. CITs meet daily with other CITs and staff. Friendship, fun, and meaningful conversation are all a part of the camp experience.
In order to have CITs as prepared and confident as possible, training is required before camp starts. This training includes belaying in the rock gym, high course procedures, games, team-building, the role of the CIT in counseling groups, and other Adventure Camp components and requirements.
CITs not only have an opportunity to hang out with campers, but they are also an important part of the La Vida Adventure Camp staff community. They join staff for worship and devotionals each morning and debriefing with the staff in the afternoon. CITs are also invited to several staff dinners and recreation times during the summer.