Counselor in Training

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The CIT program is geared to prepare youth, aged 14-15, to be highly qualified camp staff. It offers younger scouts the chance to see what it takes to put on an excellent summer program while also gaining resume-worthy skills based on the Boy Scout program. CITs will spend part of their days in fun, dynamic instruction which utilizes leadership skills inspired by Wood Badge and NYLT and teaching and training modules developed by professional teachers. The other part of their days they will have the opportunity to apply those skills while working in program areas with older youth staff and program area adult mentors to teach them what it takes to be future Camp Counselors and staff. In every session, the CIT group will function as a patrol, with the CIT director reinforcing scouting methods and enabling the youth to have real leadership opportunities as they grow together learning about communication, goal setting, team building, and personal accountability. CIT’s will be challenged to “reach higher” to get to know themselves and how capable they can be in every setting. While the CIT program runs the entirety of the R-C resident camp season, they will have plenty of opportunities for games and special activities during their stay. Counselors in Training do not need an accompanying adult and will be staying in Camp housing. CIT requirements: – Age 14-15 (16 and up should apply as camp staff) – Able to stay for all sessions of R-C resident camp – Current BSA registration and up to date health forms (Scouts who are 13 and have completed NYLT training may be considered with course director recommendation) Spaces are very limited! If you are interested in becoming the next generation of amazing Counselors in Training, please apply through the link on the website,, or by emailing the directors, at

CIT Positions Available

All staff are expected to be able to work the entire camp season as well as attend both training weekends. Preference will be given to those who can work the entire summer.

Required CIT training – One weekend training BEFORE camp season – Staff week before camp sessions start

CIT Program – Common Questions

What is a CIT? A Counselor In Training, the position for staff aged 14-15 years old.
  • A CIT is technically a camper and therefore bound by many of the same rules and restrictions as regular campers.
  • There is a registration fee for this program
  • Included in this is Room, Food, Training, Camp Shirt, and Camp Patch.
  • CIT’s will be required to take Staff training to familiarize them with Camp Staff protocols and procedures also to get to know the staff running the Cub Program
Parents – Why send my teen to Camp as a CIT?
  • CIT will learn to make their bed, keep their space clean, sweep, mop, do dishes, wake up on time and so much more
  • CIT’s will learn time management and leadership skills
  • CIT program will be provided with real life job skills. Group leadership and dynamics, communications skills, interviewing skills and techniques, resume building, performance reviews
  • CIT’s will learn to set goals, problem solving, conflict resolution
  • CITs will learn basic first aid, outdoor skills, and basic scout skills
The skills that CIT’s will develop in the month at camp will help lead youth to many opportunities such as being a camp counselor or staff member at Summer Camps across the Nation. Understand that Camps tend to favor former CIT’s, understanding that they have had formal training in camp and leadership skills. If warranted your CIT’s records can be used to help write letters of recommendation for any future job endeavors at camp or elsewhere. Note that no job is given at the completion of the program nor promised for attending this program. Why Should I Apply for CIT? Here are a few of the countless reasons that are frequently expressed:
  • To make many new friends!
  • To spend a summer in the great outdoors where nature prevails.
  • To acquire experiential education (learning by doing) and new skills that will last a lifetime.
  • To be part of an effective team and to cooperate with others to get things done.
  • To learn how to lead others and to apply leadership skills.
  • To undertake and fulfill meaningful challenges and to earn the satisfaction of doing a job well.
  • To work with youth and adults of all ages.
  • To serve others (the most noble and fulfilling pursuit of all).
  • To give something back for the opportunities you have received.
  • To live in a wholesome environment based on the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
  • To have the advice, counsel, and support of senior staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed.
  • To be paid and receive food and lodging in return for something challenging and fun.
  • To be considered for jobs of greater responsibility and to receive letters of recommendation for other pursuits.
Why work at a fast food or retail establishment that focuses on sales when you can have opportunities like these that will prepare you for more meaningful endeavors? How do I become a CIT?
  1. Submit an Application
  2. The R-C Directors will contact you for an Interview.
  3. R-C Directors will let you know if you are accepted in program!
What are the Fees? The fee for this program is on the registration page. It includes a 4 week summer camp training experience, 2 shirts, room and board, and merit badge opportunities. CIT’s will be interviewed for acceptance into the program. Fill out the Online application and a Director will reach out to you. What do I need? Application and Interview A current BSA registration Health Forms A, B, C A packing list will be provided during training

Contact: with questions.