Counselor in Training (CIT)
Counselor in Training Program ($180/week)
Children entering Grades 7-10
CITs at Summer Horizons Camp experience working with younger children in a camp setting while earning their CIT certificates! The Counselor in Training (CIT) program is designed to help middle and upper school campers hone their leadership skills. Our aim is to prepare CITs to enter higher education and the workforce with an introduction to resume- and character-building experiences. This program involves a variety of in-camp projects and the opportunity to plan and lead activities for our younger campers. CITs will focus on their positions as role models, develop team building skills through daily group challenges, and participate in problem-solving activities intended to boost their strengths and capabilities as future young professionals and socially responsible human beings.
CITs develop their soft skills and practice caring and effective communication through their work in service to younger campers and in reflective discussions. CITs also have the opportunity to strengthen their connection to the DC community by participating in community service projects. Past CIT service projects have included visits to sites such as the Unique Residential Care Center, putting together several care kits for So Others May Eat, and serving food alongside other volunteers at Martha's Table.
Upon request, CITs may also receive documentation of community service hours. Please submit all such requests in writing upon the first day of attendance.
To register for this program, please visit the CampBrain camper registration website: here. Online registration forms must be completed for each camper. A health form must be completed online by May 13, 2019. Please see our Policies, Forms, and Fees pages for additional notes regarding registration procedures.
There will be a CIT Orientation at the Main School Building in early June (day TBA). We do hope that your CIT can attend; please contact the Camp Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) if he or she cannot attend.
We ask that CITs arrive at 8:15 am daily in order to allow time for storing items and signing in. CITs are expected to participate in all program activities and are held to a high standard of behavior as outlined in the CIT Agreement. We reserve the right to dismiss, without refund, any CIT who does not model the behavioral standards set by Summer Horizons Camp and National Presbyterian School. This includes following the policies listed on this page, in our Parent Information Packet, and on the CIT Agreement form completed online.
While we do try to give CITs the chance to work with their desired group, group assignments will depend on the needs of the camp. CITs will receive a daily “break” period, as well as classroom time spent with the CIT Coordinator. CITs are not typically placed in a group with a buddy, but they have ample time for working and socializing together during CIT group meetings and lunch.
Cell phone use is not permitted during our camp programs, but we understand many CITs carry cell phones for emergency use. We ask that all CITs check in their cell phones at the front desk upon arrival each day. Devices may be retrieved at dismissal for use. CITs who violate this rule or display dishonesty around the phone policy may be dismissed from the program without a refund.
CITs can be picked up with the other campers at the regular dismissal time of 3:00 pm. Please find the enclosed carpool sign for the 3:00 pm curbside pickup. CITs will not be allowed to sign themselves out unless a parent gives prior written permission (form enclosed). Should your CIT need aftercare (3:00 - 6:00 pm), you can pre-register for the week or drop-in as needed for an additional fee.
CITs should pack the same items for camp as recommended for the campers. Please see the back page of the Parent Information guide for details.
Please ensure your CIT has applied sunscreen each morning before arriving to camp.