Counselor in Training

CIT Directors

Sarah Sokiveta -CIT and Junior Counselor Director

 

 

Sarah has been Scouting for years with her husband, son, and daughter! She has served as Baden Powell University Chair, Pack Webelos Leader, NYLT Course Director, and more over the years. Sarah earned the Silver Beaver award in 2019. She currently serves as Scoutmaster for Troop 3968.

 

CIT & JC Assistant Director

Position Open

Join our team!

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, www.r-cscoutranch.org, or by emailing the directors, at rcscoutcamp@gmail.com.

CIT Positions Available

We have a few positions available for our 2021 summer camp season! If you have any questions or would like to find out more.

Email RCScoutCamp@gmail.com

All staff are expected to be able to work the entire camp season as well as attend both training weekends. New this year is Staff will need to work Fall Camp Session and Spring Day Camp Sessions along with volunteering for one Cub Committee event.  Exceptions may be made for those attending another summer camp with their Troops handled on an individual basis. Preference will be given to those who can work the entire summer.

Required CIT training
– March 27-28 (Phoenix area) – Completed
– April 23-24 (at R-C Scout Ranch)
2021 Summer season:
– Staff should arrive on June 1
– Staff close camp July  2 
2021 Fall Session (OCTOBER,  R-Boo-C) 
2022 Spring Day Camp (MARCH)
1 Cub Committee Volunteer Day
Program Areas Available at R-C

This area includes teaching about the Outdoor Code, Leave No Trace, plants, animals, signs of animals, fishing, and crawdading. Fun activites for the scouts can include nature hikes, scavenger hunts, identifying scat and animal tracks. Looking for bugs and investigating the food chain. We have animal furs and skulls to learn about diffrent species and their attributes. If you are knowledgeble about these things we would love to have you on our team. 

We strive to teach the youth good sportsmanship, its not about just winning it is about how we play the game. We show them how to keep healthy and active while having fun. Teach the kids how to play group games like gaga ball, dodge ball, basketball, and many others.  This is the opportunity to show them new versions of how to play games and sports than what they may do normally. 

Every year we work with Game and Fish on removing the invasive crawdad species from our creek. Scouts learn about the crawdad, how they swim, what they eat, and their impact on our eco system. Then they get the enjoyable task of catching them so that we can remove them and help keep them from overpopulating our creek. We track how many we catch and give out awards to the youth for the longest crawdad caught and the most crawdads caught by a patrol. We also teach our youth about the native fish at R-C and the local Arizona area. Everyone will have the opportunity during free time to try their hands at fishing if they so desire in our R-C pond. (Catch and Release only)

The exciting program area is where we introduce our participants to the world of horses. We teach them about horse care and culture, breeds, riding types, saddle/tack, and take them on a fun and exciting trail ride around camp. Our staffs primary concern is with the health and safety of our riders and then ensuring that they have a fun and memorable experience. Being one of the few  Cub Camps to offer horses to its participants allows us a unique opportunity to provide a outstanding camp experience to our particpants. 

BB gun shooting is an exciting, worthwhile activity for everyone, and it is one of the most popular program activities held at Cub Scout camp. BB gun shooting provides fun and adventure, yet also teaches skills, discipline, self-reliance, and sportsmanship. We will teach Tiger Cubs with their adult partners, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts and Adults how to use BB guns safely. Safe handling skills are developed through practice. The most important safety element is attitude. All the safety knowledge and skills are of little value unless they are used. Being safe means consciously keeping a BB gun under control. 

Teaching our youth about guns and what to do when they see one could save anothers life. Knowledge is power and scouting gives them the confidence to do what is right in all situations. 

Each Scout will have the oppotunity to earn their shooting sports patch and BB pin for their corresponding rank.

Archery is designed to emphasize safety and marksmanship development under the direction of trained range masters using  Nationally approved instructional methods. Adventure beckons when Tiger Cubs with their adult partners, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts and Adults have mastered the skills of shooting sports. Mastery of these skills will help a participants feel confident in his or her abilities. Shooting sports skills must be learned by practice, with each participant learning the rules of safety and self-discipline by putting them into effect. 

Each Scout will have the oppotunity to earn their shooting sports patch and Archery pin for their corresponding rank.

Using slingshots is an affordable, fun activity in council sponsored camps. Scouts and adults love to shoot slingshots, and many
have not had previous experience with them. Although exciting and fun, slingshots are not toys. Participants must understand that they must follow the rules when shooting or they will not be allowed to participate. 

Each Scout will have the oppotunity to earn their shooting sports patch and Archery pin for their corresponding rank.

Common destination for all campers at camp where they get supplies, drinks, and fun gifts. Help scouts with desciding things like what is the best pocket knife to purchase with their newly acquired Whittling Chip Skills to making sure they don’t load up on too many sugary sweets. Our Trading post staff is in charge of making sure the trading post is set up, prices are clearly labled, they know what products we have, the store is neat and tidy and ensuring that our customers have an enjoyable experience. 

R-C will have its own kitchen staff this year. Kitchen staff will work under the direction of our Kitchen Director Leland Wok to prepare breakfast lunch and dinner for staff and participants. You will also provide some fun snacks for special occasion. Keeping the kitchen clean and safe will be of the utmost importance. Learn from the master of the kitchen to improve your own kitchen skills wheter it be a passion, hobby, or career field we would love to have you on our team. You will have the opportunity to participate in camp activities when your not busy keeping everyone fed.  

New position for the 2021 season. This person will be added to our staff to help ensure the safety of all our staff and participants during the current COVID situation. Cleaning will include ensuring that our tables are sanitized in the dining hall along with anything commonly used between participants. Ensure that our bathrooms are sanitized frequently throughout the day along with hand washing stations/sinks, ensure that staff living quarters and meeting areas are sanitized at a minimum of daily. Keeping up with general housekeeping for the camp to limit the cross cantamination of germs. 

CIT Program - Common Questions

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
  • 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.

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?

  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!

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. 

Application and Interview

A current BSA registration 

Health Forms A, B, C

A packing list will be provided during training

What are you waiting for?

We look forward to receiving your application, and hope you will join our team! 

Have Questions?

Contact the R-C Summer Camp admin team at RCScoutCamp@gmail.com