Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program
Thank you for your interest in our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program. Before you decide to apply to the program, I would like you to review all of the information enclosed in this packet.
The enclosures are as follows:
CIT PROGRAM INFORMATION: A general description of the program, duties, qualifications, packing list, waiver, and health forms.
CIT POLICIES: Because CIT’s are minors, strict adherence to these policies will be required. CITs are still campers therefore it is important that these policies be reviewed by candidates and their parents. Failure to follow these policies may result in removal from the CIT program.
CIT APPLICATION: If, after reviewing the Program Information and Policies, you have chosen to apply, please complete and return the application form as soon as possible. To aid us in your selection, please fill out the application with as much information as possible. As stated in the program description, this is a two-week commitment.
REFERENCE LETTERS: Please have 2 references fill out and return these forms. These letters are extremely important to our review process. Family members should not be used. References may come from teachers, employers, neighbors or other youth group leaders.
Once you have submitted a completed application and references, you will be contacted regarding an interview. All waiver and health forms are due by June 15. We look forward to hearing from you!
See links to the online CIT application and CIT Reference Form. The link for the references should be e-mailed to both of your listed references.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact us at: 412-231-5321
Our CIT Program is a training program for young adults 16 and 17 years old. The training involves many aspects of camp life with hands-on experiences of living and working as a team, assisting counselors in supervising and instructing campers, and personal growth through new challenges. CITs have all the fun that a true summer camp experience can provide, while learning new skills and accepting greater levels of responsibility.
Sunday, July 11 – Saturday, July 24, 2021
Enrich campers’ lives: By connecting with individual campers and learning how to be a friend, role model, and leader, you will be making a difference in the life of a child!
Work with great mentors: We hire amazing staff each of whom brings their unique talents and knowledge to share with you to help you and our campers learn and grow as much as possible while at camp.
Learn leadership skills: Through daily workshops about communication, learning styles, games, program development and issues that are important to you. You will have the opportunity to facilitate programs with the guidance of staff and focus on how to lead our campers, all while becoming more comfortable and confident as a leader.
Learn life skills: By working with children, you will learn how to manage, organize, and lead people. By merely applying to the CIT program, you are practicing valuable job skills!
Make lifelong friends: By connecting with CITs who share your ideas, interests, and enthusiasm for camp!
- Ages 16 or 17 on or before July 1st.
- Sincere interest in working with children as a positive role model.
- Able to be active in an outdoor setting for long hours.
- Evidence of ability to accept guidance and supervision.
- Evidence of good communication skills.
- Evidence of ability to adhere to rules and policies.
- Enthusiasm, patience, initiative and sense of humor!
- Complete a CIT application, including 2 letters of recommendation, and successfully interview.
- To be positive and open to new things.
- To try your best even when you find things challenging.
- To support the other participants in your group and work to build a strong community.
- To be true to who you are and strive to be your best self.
- Attend all training sessions
- Complete all assignments
- Assist cabin counselors with supervision of campers
- Assist program specialists with program instruction
- Assist in Camp Store
- Participate in service projects relating to camp program, facilities and grounds
Questions or want more information? Contact us at 412-213-5321
Important Information for CITS & Parents
Arrival and Departure Times
Campers are to arrive at camp on Sunday between 1:00-2:30 pm. On Saturday, Check-Out is at 9:30 am.
All fees are due no later than 30 days prior to your child’s arrival to camp. The deposit is not refundable and your child’s week will only be reserved upon receipt of these fees. There are no refunds for late arrivals, homesickness, or for removal for disciplinary reasons. Camp Soles accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and checks.
Please note there is a $25 charge for all checks returned to Camp Soles
A Summer Camp experience promotes group unity, cooperation, and teamwork. In an effort to help achieve this, we ask that campers do not bring cell phones, radios, or any other valuables. Campers in possession of electronics will be asked to turn them over to the camp administration for safekeeping. Camp Soles is not responsible for any damages or lost items.
Keeping Camp Informed
Please keep us informed of any changes in your child’s life that could affect his/her stay at camp (illness in the family, divorce/separation, etc.) While we respect every family’s privacy, accurate information will allow us to be more sensitive to your child’s needs and ensure they have a good time at camp.
Lost and Found
While our staff will make every effort to help your child keep track of his/her belongings, Camp Soles is not be responsible for your camper’s personal possessions. All items left at camp will be kept at the camp office until the end of the camping season. Any items that are not claimed will be donated to a charitable organization.
All medications in their original containers (prescription and over the counter) must be turned in to the Health Officer during check in. Prescribed and over the counter medication will be administered as directed on the bottle and must be clearly marked with the child’s first and last name. All prescribed medications must have the name of medication and name of physician labeled on bottle. You will be asked during the check in process when the last dosage occurred. This will assist us in ensuring medication is administered in a timely manner.
Our camp does not offer any nut products to our campers; however we do offer soy butter. Please note any food or environmental allergies on your camper’s health form.
Your child’s safety is our top priority therefore we are asking families not to send any personal care packages to campers due to the risk of potential allergens. Any care packages received at camp will be held and returned during check-out.
We understand the importance of staying connected with your child while at camp. Letters are always welcome and we will provide information to parents regarding our photos and one way e-mail system that is available to you.
Each CIT must have a current, signed Health History on file at camp. This allows ill or injured campers to be evaluated and treated by the camp staff, and emergency medical personnel if needed.
The CIT is responsible for his/her own belongings. Camp Soles will accept no responsibility for lost or damaged items. Any items of value should be left at home.
LEAVING CAMP GROUNDS:
CITs will not be allowed to leave camp grounds during the program session.
The CIT must agree that while under the supervision of Camp Soles, he/she will adjust personal habits and actions to meet the policies and ideals of the camp and abide by the following regulations:
- I will conduct myself in a mature and thoughtful manner, keeping in mind that my first priority is the campers.
- I am physically able to work long days in hot conditions and care for myself appropriately.
- I understand I am a positive role model and agree to avoid all profanity and lewd remarks/conduct.
- I will follow instructions of all Camp Soles staff members and perform all duties as assigned.
- I understand that camp is a drug and alcohol free property and I will not use alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs during the duration of my work at Camp Soles.
- I will wear appropriate clothing and attire at all times.
- I will not bring any firearms, weapons, or other dangerous items to camp.
- I understand that participation in the CIT program is at the discretion of the Camp Director, and I will undergo evaluations at the end of each week to determine my participation in the second week of the program.
Failure to adhere to these, or any Camp Soles policies, may result in removal from the CIT program.