My favorite part of camp is the Counselors-In-Training (CIT) program. The way my camp works it, there are two different levels of CITs. The first level is CIT-1. This is a one-week program that costs $300 (which is half the cost of a residential camper’s fee).

In this program, CIT-1s take part in setting up and assisting with daily recreation and evening concessions. We attend leadership classes in the morning and have other assignments in the afternoon. Typical assignments include shadowing a counselor or administrative staff member, assisting with a colony group, working with a classroom instructor, helping with evening entertainment or distributing supplies. CIT-1s also have a free period each day.

We are expected to participate in every phase of camp, from registration through the closing program. We must be healthy and physically able to perform the jobs assigned to us. We are supervised by, and report to a CIT Coordinator.

To me, it seems like a great way to begin transitioning into the working world, not to mention it looks amazing on a college application!

If I do an exemplary job at being a CIT-1, I will be invited back to become a CIT-2 – the final stage to becoming a full-fledged camp counselor.

In the second stage of the program, I can work at camp for two weeks as a co-counselor and receive pay for my efforts.

In this phase, I will attend classes during the morning and be assigned to various camp tasks throughout the week. It’s more intense than CIT-1 and a truetest of my counselor skills.

Obviously, I’m hoping to make it to this stage.

Brynn Stalvey is a CIT-1 at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s All Arts and Science Camp and is motivated to graduate to CIT-2 next summer. She took the time to write this article between high school homework assignments, which means we’re positive she has the work ethic and attention to detail to be a great counselor. Good luck, Brynn!

Linda Stalvey is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Parks & Rec Business, who gave up Washington, D.C., public relations to indulge her passion for parks, the environment and outdoor activities in Medina, Ohio. You can reach her via e-mail at

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