Counselor-In-Training

Mom’s View

By Linda Stalvey

I remember my daughter’s first year at All Arts & Sciences Camp at George Mason University. Brynn begged me to let her stay overnight. “Let’s try commuter first, and if you like the camp, you can go residential next year,” I said with my wise mom hat on. After all, she was only a rising second grader!

That first night when I picked her up, she railed at me that she’d miss all the fun by not spending the night. Okay, she was right, she could have handled it.

It was the start of a love affair with camping that has survived into the teen years and, instead of wilting away, is thriving. This year is her last as a camper at All Arts & Sciences Camp, but she has her heart set on the Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program for 2008.

All Arts & Sciences Camp

All Arts & Sciences Camp (AA&SC) is a program of the Division of Continual Learning at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In addition to its home campus, AA&SC travels to four mid-Atlantic campuses, including George Mason University (that will be replaced by the University of Maryland in 2007), William and Mary, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State University.

The campers get to experience life on a college campus, food in college cafeterias and life in the dorms. In addition to the regular camp activities, AA&SC campers choose two courses. The topics make me wish I was an eligible camper: Forensic Medicine, Cartooning, Stage Make-up, Art in Architecture, Flavor Chemistry, Marine Science, Sports Science, Pottery Wheel, Auto Design and more. There is something for everyone. These kids have fun and learn something too.

The camp started in 1991 and its first CIT program was held in 1995. Many of the camp’s staff, including director Kisha Carmichael, are alumni of the camp and/or CIT program. The CIT program has become so popular that Carmichael can only accept 60 of the 100+ applications she gets yearly, about 10 per campus. As with any job, successful candidates are interviewed and provide references. The purpose of the interview is to know the individual and get a feel for what he or she can bring to camp and what one can gain from the experience. The CIT program will also fulfill 40 or 80 hours of community service depending on whether the individual is CIT-1 or CIT-2.

The CIT programs offer teens a wonderful opportunity to learn and apply leadership skills in a graduated format with supervision and feedback. It’s a challenging but rewarding opportunity for those motivated to pursue it. For UNGC, it has a homegrown staff in a continual feed. A win-win situation for sure!

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Daughter’s View

By Brynn Stalvey

To me, camp is a great way to make new friends and become more outgoing. I know that every summer camp is different, but they all seem to aim for one set of ambitious goals: to have fun, be safe and, maybe, learn a thing or two while at it.

My camp, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s All Arts and Science Camp, manages to accomplish all of these things. It offers me a chance to make friends and enjoy two-hour-long classes of my choice (two per day), a sports activity and a look into the lives of the world’s greatest motivators.

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